#DamienTalks 24: New Housing Bills Intersect with Transit, Transpo. Planning

Last week, Streetsblog California announced three new pieces of legislation introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom who represents West Los Angeles County cities in the Assembly. Bloom’s legislation focuses on increasing the housing stock in California by reducing the hurdles to creating “Granny Flats” and strengthening density bonuses for developers producing affordable housing and market-rate housing.

#DamienTalksToday, #DamienTalks with Jason Islas, the editor of Santa Monica Next, who wrote last week’s piece on the legislation for Streetsblog California. Islas puts the legislation into a local context and explains the connections between housing policy, transit expansion and livable streets.

It just so happens that Bloom, who won the first “Elected Official of the Year” Streetsie from Streetsblog California, is being honored at a joint Streetsblog/Next event later this week in Santa Monica. To get tickets to this event, click here.

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

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