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Housing bill that allows cities to increase density clears state Assembly

Original post made on Aug 24, 2021

A state bill that would allow cities to override voter-enacted zoning restrictions to construct housing developments eked out a critical victory in the state Assembly on Monday afternoon.

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Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 24, 2021 at 8:14 pm

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Marc Berman may rue the day he voted for this bill. The tide may be turning & and the Ultra Progressive programs that are changing the very nature of the Peninsula cities and towns are becoming unpopular. The majority of our current residents are becoming dismayed at the urbanization of the area. None of us moved here to live in a high density city and we should be taking a different view toward uncontrolled rapid growth.

Where is the vision for the nature of the different cities & towns on the Peninsula? Do all of them want to be like San Jose or San Francisco? Perhaps their is a role for smaller, less dense communities - BUT the State will not allow them to keep their very nature.


Posted by MP Reader
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 24, 2021 at 9:30 pm

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I’m really glad to see SB10 moving along! It’s great to give our cities more options for tackling our housing crisis, which is an issue that affects us all in different ways. Although housing for the next generation may look a little different than it did for generations past, bills like SB10 will help us house our workforce, and get closer to the slightly more complete (at least from an economic perspective) communities we once had here before extreme gentrification took hold.

No matter where you are on the economic spectrum, it's better for us all as communities when those who work here (or grew up here, or are aging here, or are growing their families here...etc) can live here. Otherwise, we face hiring shortages, suffer the climate and traffic impacts of long commutes, and are deprived of the simple joy of seeing friendly faces from the community around town, as high costs force folks away. Let’s build a better future!


Posted by Misha
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 24, 2021 at 9:57 pm

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Kudos to Berman for voting yes. Right side of history. I don't even understand why people are so upset about this bill, it only gives cities an optional tool.


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