Senator Wiener’s Statement on SB 50 Not Passing the Senate

January 30, 2020

Sacramento - Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) released the following statement after SB 50’s failure on the Senate floor:

“I am deeply disappointed that the Senate rejected SB 50. Today’s action is a huge missed opportunity to take meaningful and serious step to address California’s massive and debilitating housing shortage. California’s long-term failure to build enough housing is harming millions of Californians, damaging our economy, badly undermining our climate goals, and threatening California’s status as a center of innovation and diversity. California’s housing status quo is badly broken. Today’s vote perpetuates that dysfunction. While I’m disappointed, I also know that the fight continues. We will not give up until we have put California on a positive and sustainable path to a better housing future. I will soon be announcing new housing production legislation.

“I want to thank SB 50’s co-sponsors — California YIMBY, the California Association of Realtors, and the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California — as well as our entire coalition, for their tireless work on behalf of this bill. We made incredible progress and changed the conversation on housing. I deeply appreciate all of the support we’ve received from grassroots organizations, elected officials, and cities across the state. I also want to thank my colleagues who voted for SB 50 and for a better housing future.”