South San Francisco, CA August 4, 2023 Press Release (note – Editor’s comments below}
What Governor Newsom said: “These cities are showing the local leadership California needs to tackle our state’s housing crisis. They stand in stark contrast to the handful of locals who are failing their constituents and refusing to help California families struggling with runaway housing costs. We will continue to celebrate cities like Rohnert Park, Santa Cruz and **South San Francisco while holding bad actors accountable with executive action and in the courts when necessary.”
Why it’s important: It is vital for local governments to cut red tape and implement policies that increase much-needed housing in California. Accountability measures and incentives like the Prohousing Designation are critical to help meet the state’s goal of 2.5 million new homes over the next eight years, with at least one million serving the needs of lower-income Californians.
“We commend Rohnert Park, Santa Cruz and South San Francisco for their commitment to housing forward policies that will remove barriers to building and preserving affordable housing,” said Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez. “We are proud to work with these cities to create housing near jobs, transit, and other amenities to build a strong housing market and provide homes to working Californians.”
“I’m thrilled that we now have 30 communities that have achieved the Prohousing designation,” said HCD Director Gustavo Velasquez. “The cities and counties are leading the way by reducing unnecessary barriers and red tape that discourage new housing production, instead they are signaling to developers that they are ready to support more housing production, faster.”
California is the leader in the Prohousing space. Last week the Biden-Harris Administration announced its own Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing program designed to provide funding to local jurisdictions to assist them in removing barriers to housing production and preservation.
**The City of South San Francisco’s Prohousing application demonstrates a commitment to expanding access and reducing the costs of new housing units. The city routinely approves exemptions for residential development, ranging from single-family units to large multi-family developments. The city has adopted a new Accessory Dwelling Units ordinance and removed its previous mandatory parking replacement policies so homeowners can easily add to their property. The city also offers pre-approved designs for green and all-electric detached Accessory Dwelling Units developed by the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County (HEART).
Additional facts that impact CA housing and taxpayer money that are lesser known:
** California has spent a stunning $17.5 billion trying to combat homelessness over just four years. But, in the same time frame, from 2018 to 2022, the state’s homeless population actually grew. Half of all Americans living outside on the streets, federal data shows, live in California. More than 170,000 unhoused people now live here (people, not just statistics! Would you invite people to your house & not have room for 50% of them, even with your roommates kicking in? )
** San Mateo County has spent approximately $285 million to help built or preserve 4,100 units as affordable housing countywide. Another $30M was just approved this past week. Do the math.
** According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) report, benefits and services provided to the estimated 3.23 million illegal aliens in California cost local taxpayers $22.8 billion annually. Factoring in about 1.15 million U.S.-born children of illegal aliens adds more than another $8 billion in costs.Mar 8, 2023 PRN
** California’s 1.1 million undocumented workers make up 6% of its (Hard working!) labor force, according to UC Merced’s Community and Labor Center.
** In the midst of Newsom’s pandemic shutdowns in 2021, 76,000 California inmates received early release with little to no prospects for housing or employment.
**California continued to lose residents in 2022, but the state’s population decline is slowing as immigration ramps up again following the COVID-19 pandemic. The state is currently home to about 38.9 million people, down more than 138,400 year-over-year, according to the California Department of Finance Read more at: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article274939166.html#storylink=cpy
** Forever renters, not future homeowners: 1/4 of homes today are being sold to the highest bidder, the investors like Blackrock Investors comprised 18% of purchases at the end of 2021. This was the highest level of investor presence since record-keeping on investor purchases began in 2000.
We can argue about issues all day long….
….yet at the end of the day, our tax dollars are NOT solving the problems that our politicians are tasked to resolve.
Being a ‘good guy’ and not a ‘bad actor’, it is worth noting that ‘good actor’ Gov Newsom resides in a private gated 12,000-square-foot-mansion that boasts six-bedroom, ten bathrooms, on an 8.2-acre lot that includes a pool, hot tub, tennis court, and outdoor entertaining area, and of course, a spacious wine cellar, in Fair Oaks, 4 minutes from the Sacramento River. Not to worry, this home at 6740 Tobia Ave, valued at $ 4.4 million, has a separate guest quarter which somehow might be considered an ADU.
His predecessor, Jerry Brown, resides in Colusa County on 2,500 fenced private acres, off-grid.