Nothing ever really dies in the Capitol, as the saying goes, but sometimes you come across a knockout blow.
And that’s what happened with SB 827, a sweeping bill aimed at addressing California’s housing crisis. To the surprise of just about everybody and after months of media attention, the measure was rejected decisively in its first committee hearing.
The complex bill by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would have overridden local controls, forcing California cities to allow apartment buildings of up to five stories to be built near existing transit stops.
Joining us today to take a look at all this is Louis Mirante of California YIMBY, who sat down to chat with Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster. Mirante’s group, which sponsored SB 827, was founded only months before the bill was introduced.
We talked with Louis about the bill’s defeat and what happens next.