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Senate To Vote Again On Housing Near Transit

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A controversial bill to zone more housing near transit hubs is set to be discussed in Sacramento tomorrow. Senate Bill 50 is aimed at easing the housing crisis, but when it was introduced over a year ago by state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), it was stalled by cities and counties that chafed over increased state control.

Since then, Wiener has been working on revisions, but the bill needs to be approved by this Friday to have a chance at becoming law.

The latest version would give opposing cities and counties who are unhappy with SB 50 two years to draft their own plans for increasing affordable housing.

But several activist groups say those changes don't do enough to help those with the lowest incomes. The Alliance For Community Transit in Los Angeles says the bill should provide more funding to sensitive communities to stop gentrification.

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