Sacramento — League of California Cities Executive Director Carolyn Coleman issued the following statement regarding the passage of the package of housing bills in the Legislature this week:
“We are pleased that the Legislature passed a housing package to streamline the housing approval process and to increase funding for affordable housing. We would like to thank the Legislature and the Governor for pushing this package through, particularly SB 540 by Senator Richard Roth which the League sponsored to streamline the approval process, as well as Senate Bill 2 (Atkins) and Senate Bill 3 (Beall) to provide much-needed funding.
“At the same time, we are disappointed that the Legislature did not amend Senate Bill 35 (Wiener) to provide a safe harbor for cities that are doing the right thing and meeting state housing laws. Unfortunately, this bill will erode local control and would even penalize cities meeting the state’s numerous housing laws.
“Local governments recognize the important role we play in planning for and approving new housing. That’s why we worked extensively with the Legislature to promote this package that takes important steps to ease the housing supply and affordability crisis.”
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.