MARCH 10, 2018

 

Updated analysis of Senator Scott Wiener's SB 827 Real Estate Deregulation Bill

 

The “Build More Market Housing” Quack Miracle Cure for Los Angeles

 By Dick Platkin*  (Updated from CityWatchLA, Jan. 11, 2018, original)

 

"Platkin on Planning:  Los Angeles is heading toward a perfect storm of gentrification, well camouflaged behind spurious claims of boosting transit ridership and addressing LA’s housing crisis through planning, zoning, and environmental  deregulation.

 "This perfect storm is propelled by huge tail winds from the State Legislature in Sacramento, with big city Democrats fronting for the real estate interests that fund and mentor them.  San Francisco State Senator Scott Wiener and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are their current favorites, but many more are lining up at the trough.

 "To begin, there is a treasure trove of successful programs that they could turn to if they truly wanted to increase transit ridership and address the climate and housing crises, but they are totally mute on these options.  As for their cheerleaders, their silence is also deafening since the following public programs are at odds with their mantra to magically solve LA’s many urban ills: “build more market housing.”

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"My conclusion about SB 827, by itself, and in combination with the supplemental land use ordinances I reviewed above, is that it is one of the most destructive pieces of planning legislation I have encountered in over three decades of professional work in the city planning profession.  Like all miracle cures, it won’t work.  It might make some landowners and landlords rich, but its fatal flaws will destroy many neighborhoods, without increasing transit ridership or reducing the cost of housing."

·       Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local city planning controversies for CityWatchLA.  Please send corrections and comments to rhplatkin@gmail.com.