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Bill Would Override Local Zoning Rules in Favor of Transit-Friendly Housing

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An excavator sits in front of a home under construction at a new housing development on March 17, 2015, in Larkspur, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A new bill proposed by state Senator Scott Wiener would override city zoning restrictions to encourage housing development near transit hubs. Proponents of SB 827 say it will mitigate California’s housing crisis and offset sprawl, while those opposed to the bill argue it will fuel displacement and relinquish local authority to the state. As city councils across the Bay Area convene to discuss the bill this week, we speak with experts about its potential impact.

Scott Wiener, state senator, co-author of SB 827
Cynthia Strathmann, executive director, SAJE – Strategic Action for a Just Economy
Ethan Elkind, director, Climate Program, UC Berkeley School of Law
Dan Brekke, editor and reporter, KQED news


Scott Wiener, state senator, coauthor of SB 827

Dan Brekke, editor and reporter, KQED News

Cynthia Strathmann, executive director of Strategic Action for a Just Economy (SAJE)

Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Program at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law


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