Mayor Garcetti convenes ‘Big 11’ Mayors to advocate for state affordable housing package

Delegation of leaders joined together at the State Capitol to support legislation that would ease California’s housing affordability crisis

SACRAMENTO — Mayor Eric Garcetti traveled to the State Capitol today to urge the passage of a legislative package that would fund the development of low-income and affordable housing, and ensure that housing construction meets growing demand across California.

The Mayor advocated for the passage of SB2, which would raise hundreds of millions of dollars each year for affordable housing; and SB3, which would place a $4 billion general obligation bond on the 2018 ballot.

“The California Dream belongs to everyone who calls our state home — and  hardworking families shouldn’t be priced out of their communities because we couldn’t get the affordability crisis under control,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This legislation will give us the resources we need to get affordable housing built more quickly and more equitably.”  

Mayor Garcetti was joined by several members of the “Big 11”: Mayor Kevin Faulconer of San Diego, Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco, Mayor Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose, and Mayor Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana. Several of those mayors joined Mayor Garcetti in signing an Aug. 21 letter to Governor Brown, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, advocating for the statewide affordable housing package.

Mayor Garcetti continues to aggressively address the affordability crisis in Los Angeles with his proposed Affordable Housing Linkage Fee, which would more than double the city’s production of affordable housing every year. The City is also tripling its production of permanent supportive housing for homeless Angelenos with Proposition HHH.

In April, the Mayor strengthened enforcement of the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO), signing a law requiring that landlords who tear down rent-controlled units under the state’s Ellis Act either replace them one-for-one with affordable units or ensure that 20% of new units are affordable — whichever number is higher.

The City remains on track to meet Mayor Garcetti’s goal to build 100,000 new units of housing by 2021.