California Housing Crisis Association

More than two dozen men and women in hard hats and safety vests walked into a crowded hearing room on April 27 to cheer about another bill trying to solve California’s housing crisis.

The Affordable Housing and Highway Jobs Act will allow developers to speed up local approval to build affordable housing where offices, malls and parking are currently located. But it quickly became one of the most controversial bills in the California legislature because job requirements on those projects satisfied some but not most unions. The bill, introduced by Buffy Weeks, president of the Housing Association, reflects several bills that have died in recent years as a result of a feud between developers and labor unions.

However, the men and women in the hard hats were carpenters, and thus represented something that had not been in previous bills: support from developers and some building unions.

%d bloggers like this: