California Supreme Court Hears Challenge to San Jose Affordable Housing Law

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The city of San Jose. (Photo: Helene Labriet-Gross/AFP/Getty Images)

Like many California communities, San Jose requires developers to include affordable units when constructing new market-rate housing. But industry groups have sued to block San Jose's law, saying it is unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case. We'll get the latest on the legal battle and what it might mean for San Jose, San Francisco, Berkeley and the estimated 170 local governments that have "inclusionary housing" laws.


Anthony Francois, senior staff attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation; represents the California building industry association which is challenging the law

Tim Iglesias, law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law; he organized and co-wrote amicus brief for the city of San Jose

Wayne Chen, division manager of Policy, Planning and Neighborhood Investments for the City of San Jose Department of Housing

Carl San Miguel, board member on the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors