SAN DIEGO — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti offered conditional support Friday for a controversial bill that would override local zoning regulations to build more housing near public transit stops.

He’d back the bill, SB 827, as long as it included provisions to make sure that existing rent-stabilized housing isn’t demolished in a rush of new construction, Garcetti said in an interview with the Bay Area News Group at the state Democratic Party convention here Friday night.

“If we can close that loophole, then I’m all for it,” Garcetti said. “There’s no question we need more housing, and we have to fight for that throughout California.”

The bill should be amended to help protect existing renters, Garcetti argued. “I’d hate to see new housing building accelerating while taking down buildings where there’s 50 people living in rent-stabilized apartments,” he said.

SB 827 would allow developers to ignore some local zoning requirements when they build housing near rail, subway or bus stops, making it easier to construct multi-family developments that advocates argue are necessary to take on the state’s housing crunch.

But the bill has also sparked virulent opposition from some who think it would reshape neighborhoods. Several Los Angeles city council members, including City Council President Herb Wesson, have led an effort to get the city to formally oppose the bill.

Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, the bill’s sponsor, thanked Garcetti in a tweet and he said he would work with Garcetti to address his concerns and make changes to the bill.

Thank you Mayor @ericgarcetti for supporting #SB827 and for your continued leadership on housing. We are committed to protecting rent-controlled housing stock. We look forward to working with your office on the bill to ensure it meets our shared goals.

— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) February …read more

Source:: East Bay – Politics


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