California Assembly narrowly passes affordable housing bill – California News

California Assembly narrowly passes affordable housing bill – California News

SACRAMENTO — After years of havoc caused by budget-busting rents and runaway home prices, a collection of affordable-housing bills negotiated with Gov. Jerry Brown passed the Assembly late Thursday night.

With much suspense and arm-twisting, the Assembly narrowly passed the most controversial legislation: Senate Bill 2, a bill to create a permanent funding source for affordable housing through a new real estate fee. The last two lawmakers — Assemblymen Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, and Adrin Nazarian, D-Van Nuys — created an hour of drama by waiting to cast their deciding votes.

“For any of you who are not yet ready to vote for this bill,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, who has championed the housing effort, “I ask you to do one thing — to think about the face of your constituents.”

One Republican lawmaker, Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, of San Diego, supported it.

“To do nothing for me is not an option,” he said. “I wouldn’t even be considering this if we didn’t have a state of emergency in the city of San Diego” over hepatitis A deaths in homeless people, he said.

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