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New report looks at local impact of Scott Wiener’s bill to increase housing density near transit




State Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) speaks to an attendee at an Abundant Housing LA event.
State Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) speaks to an attendee at an Abundant Housing LA event.
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As one of the more controversial bills makes its way through the state legislative process, a new report from a Los Angeles agency has come out warning of the proposal’s “far-reaching effects” on the city.

The bill in question is California State Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 50, which calls for higher density housing around public transit. The bill would override local zoning requirements.

This is the second time Wiener has introduced the proposal, which is in a committee hearing today. A similar bill was introduced last year by the Senator, which faced staunch opposition from various groups.

We reached out to several members of the L.A. City Council who voted last week in favor of the resolution in opposition to S.B. 50, including David Ryu, Mike Bonin and Paul Koretz. None were available for comment at the time we requested.

Guests:

David Ambroz, past president of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, which conducted the report

Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Program at Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley; he also leads the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative on behalf of UC Berkeley and UCLA.