The clock is ticking on California State Senator Scott Wiener’s ambitious and controversial housing bill, SB 50. The bill, which aims to spur housing construction by relaxing zoning requirements near transit and job centers in major cities, stalled out in the legislature last year. It now has until the end of January to pass or supporters will have to start over. On Monday, Wiener announced amendments that would provide local governments more flexibility in implementing the law. We’ll talk with KQED Reporter Dan Brekke about the proposed changes and the future of the bill.
Sen. Wiener Revives Controversial California Housing Bill
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)
Dan Brekke, editor and reporter, KQED News
Gordon Mar, supervisor, city and county of San Francisco