Senate Bill 50, one of the most contentious state bills in years, failed to pass the California senate on Wednesday. The bill would upzone areas around transit and allow mid-rise buildings in some areas currently limited to single-family homes. The bill's author, state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, argues that reforming zoning is necessary to solve what he calls the state's dire housing shortage. Critics call the bill an assault on single-family homes and a catalyst for more displacement of low-income people. We'll discuss the latest.
California Senate Votes on Housing-Transit Measure SB 50
An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
Erin Baldassari, housing affordability reporter, KQED
Liam Dillon, housing reporter, Los Angeles Times