Landmark California Housing Bill Clears Key Hurdles, Heads to Appropriations Committee

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Construction workers are seen atop a builing of new apartments for sale in Alhambra, east of downtown Los Angeles on March 23, 2012 in California.  (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/GettyImages)

California Senate Bill 50 is the latest attempt to mitigate the state's housing crisis. And, unsurprisingly, it is controversial. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener, is intended to spur housing development near transit and job-rich areas, and would override many local zoning laws. Supporters say the bill will provide a much-needed new tool to address the state's housing shortage. Critics say it's a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to address underlying inequality in the housing market. We discuss the bill, which heads to the state Senate appropriations committee on Thursday.

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