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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

CEQA Goes Bye-Bye for Low Income

By Darryl DuFay

The demise of CEQA (California Environmental Equality Act) protections as it relates to affordable housing and homeless shelter construction moves forward. Assembly Bill 1907 was introduced by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D- LA) to make “…all new low-income housing project exempt from a key environmental law [CEQA] that has been used to restrict development.”

Santiago authored AB 1197 last year, which had CEQA exemptions. However, they only applied to the City of Los Angeles and were used to eliminate/made moot lawsuits related to the MTA “Bridge Home” 154 bed shelter and a proposed LA City ordinance affecting the “Monster on Venice” 140 unit project.

AB1907 changes the scope of AB 1197 to apply to the entire state of CA. It goes further “… by allowing affordable housing developments — projects reserved for individuals and families making 80% or less of a region’s median income — to also bypass CEQA.”

LA Times Article.


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