Assemblymember Gloria’s Bill to Increase Production of Local Affordable Housing Units Passes Assembly
Gloria Earns Victory against California’s Housing Crisis, AB 1505 to Remove Housing Development Barrier for Local Jurisdictions
SACRAMENTO, CA – Less than a month since the announcement of his legislative package on housing, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today that his first bill to help increase production of local affordable housing units has passed the Assembly today by a vote of 47-23.
“California families are counting on the Legislature to do something about this state’s housing crisis. Today marks a concrete step in the right direction to demonstrate that we are serious about addressing this crisis head-on,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “While AB 1505 is not a silver bullet for the housing crisis, it effectively removes a barrier that has prevented the production of affordable housing units for years and empowers local jurisdictions to spur the creation of these much-needed units.”
AB 1505, jointly authored by California State Assemblymembers Todd Gloria (D- San Diego) Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and David Chiu (D-San Francisco), will restore the long-standing authority of local governments to require the inclusion of affordable rental units as part of their inclusionary housing policies. While local government can currently apply inclusionary policies on for-sale housing, AB 1505 ensures that rental units are not treated differently.
Since the late 1970’s, inclusionary policies have been utilized in California. However, in 2009, local governments were restricted from applying inclusionary housing policies to rental units as a result of the appellate court decision in Palmer/Sixth Street Properties L.P. v. City of Los Angeles, 175 Cal. App. 4th 1396 (2009). Under the Palmer court decision, rent control and deed-restricted affordable housing were erroneously conflated which fostered uncertainty and confusion for local governments to use this tool.
Under AB 1505, local jurisdictions will be able to require affordable rental housing as part of future housing projects – effectively restoring the law as it stood before 2009.
AB 1505 is co-sponsored by Housing California, the California Housing Consortium, the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and the Western Center on Law & Poverty.
Assemblymember Gloria represents the 78th Assembly District of California, which includes the Cities of Coronado, Del Mar, Imperial Beach, San Diego, and Solana Beach. He also serves as the Assistant Majority Whip. Assemblymember Gloria’s official, high-resolution photo can be downloaded here.
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