The bizarre argument in favor of Wiener’s housing bill

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – expert

Sup. Vallie Brown tries to make the convoluted case for letting the private market solve our housing crisis.

A Board of Supes committee has passed a resolution opposing SB 50, the Scott Wiener bill that would allow a lot more market-rate housing in California cities without any new funding or mandates for affordability.

But the debate at the Government Audit and Oversight Committee offered a window into how the supporters of the bill are prepared to frame their debate – and how they are badly twisting history to make a political point…

The No vote on the committee was Sup. Vallie Brown. Her speech against it was remarkable both for its incoherence and its repetition of talking points that amount to this:

If we allow developers to build higher and denser, prices will come down to the point that low-income people will not be displaced by tech-boom driven gentrification.

At least, I think that’s what she was trying to say.

Check it out yourself; the relevant part starts at about 4:01(more)

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