May 2019 happened to be the worst month in the annals of California housing policy. At first, it seemed to be that the situation might be going to change. But it didn’t happen rather cities indicated two-digit rises in their yearly homeless calculates. Gov. Gavin Newsom made a task force to search out potential homeless solutions, in response to his promise to deal with the prevalent housing crisis.
The while, a few bills designed to tone down the housing crisis started making their move through the legislature. News of housing bills has been hovering over the state during the month.
The surrounding data was indicating an alarming scenario: One out of every 11,600 San Franciscans is a billionaire, whereas one out of five Californians lives below the poverty line. Housing cost has extremely inflated in Los Angeles that an ordinary renter can’t manage the median rent, aggravating the disparity between the rich and the poor.
Senate Bill 50 supported by 2/3 California’s voters would have surge heights of buildings around bus stops and might have begun to alter that narrative by prompting more housing. But one of Southern California’s own shelved the SB 50.
Sen. Anthony Portantino who retarded the SB 50 as the chairman of the appropriations committee, said: “This isn’t the right fix at this time to do that.”
The other housing bills—like Assembly Bill 36 by Richard Bloom—which might have eased the state’s rent control restraints and bills which would have secured rights of tenants to arrange and turned it difficult to tenants’ s eviction for no legitimate reason—all tumbled like dominoes.
The state bills do not only signify the negligence of the government. At the city level too, May was the worst month of the year. The first HHH-funded building was opened after Los Angeles voters approved the ballot measure which promised $1.2 billion to cope with its housing crisis. The slower the city moves, the fewer units will be produced. If the city initiates to construct 49 supportive units in 1,000 days, it will not function. Moreover, the members of City Council, who were against SB 50, cannot construct 222 supportive housing units by next July.
The housing crisis asks for dramatic and drastic measures.