It didn’t take long for new District 11 state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, to make some ripples in Sacramento.
He did so earlier this month when he announced that he is preparing a bill that would create a set of new rules that, in the end, would require, not urge, California communities to build housing, some of which would have to be “affordable.”
Currently, it’s possible for a city, county, etc. to skate past on what authorities want in terms of housing. Not so with Wiener’s plans. As he put it last week, there would be “ramifications” if, say, Hillsborough, Woodside or Portola Valley (all firmly committed to large, single-family dwellings as a way of life) didn’t abide by new housing requirements imposed on them.
He didn’t want to use the word “penalties.” But consequences for failure to go along with the state’s potential mandates would be in store. That became increasingly obvious as the new senator spoke prior to the long break for the holidays.
Wiener won his seat vs. Jane Kim Nov. 8 in a very close election. Both were members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors when they faced off for the state post.
Kim, as you may recall, broached the notion of having SF “annex” the village of Brisbane if that burg didn’t build sufficient housing (in her enlightened view) on at least a portion of vacant bayfront land formerly utilized by the Southern Pacific Railroad.
As expected, Brisbane officials were less than pleased with such a proposition.
Wiener, to his credit back…
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