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#DamienTalks 42: Sam Tepperman-Gelfant and the Governor’s Housing Proposal

1:07 PM PDT on July 5, 2016

Today, #DamienTalks with Sam Tepperman-Gelfant, a senior staff attorney with Public Advocates about Governor Jerry Brown’s legislative language to streamline the environmental process for certain types of housing development.


Public Advocates was one of the leaders in circulating a letter criticizing Brown’s language, charging that the governor’s stated goal won’t be met by his proposal. In

Instead, they argue that Brown's legislation would hinder communities, especially lower-income communities, from having a say in how their communities grow. At the same time, the legislation would do little to increase the state's supply of affordable housing.

Two weeks ago, #DamienTalks featured Jason Islas, the editor of Santa Monica Next, explaining how he and many other pro-growth advocates for increasing our state’s housing stock feel the legislation is much-needed. However, many of the groups opposing the measure are affordable housing advocates from cities and communities from around the state, representing the very people the bill is intended to assist.

Tepperman-Gelfant expects the legislation to be publicly debated next month. Get up-to-date on the progressive argument on both sides of the debate by listening to my interview with Tepperman-Gelfant below and the interview with Islas from two weeks ago.

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