Senator Wiener’s Statement: Governor Brown Signs Housing Streamlining and Funding Bills
San Francisco – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown appeared in San Francisco today to sign a package of housing bills to address California’s housing crisis, including Senator Wiener’s Senate Bill 35, which streamlines the production of new housing:
“California just took a huge step forward to address our housing crisis – a crisis that is tearing our communities apart, undermining our environment and economy, and making it harder for families to succeed. No one should be living on our streets, be forced into three or four hour commutes, or have to leave their community as their family grows because they just can’t afford housing. These bills to streamline housing creation and fund new affordable housing construction won’t solve California's entire housing problem – that will take years of hard work given how deep this crisis is – but today we are establishing a strong foundation for future housing efforts.”
Senate Bill 35 creates a streamlined approval process for housing in cities that are not meeting their state-mandated housing goals. Governor Brown also signed Senate Bill 2 and Senate Bill 3, which Senator Wiener co-authored, to generate funding for affordable housing, as well as a series of other bills to reform California housing system.