April Meeting Report – YES in My Back Yard to Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis

By Nancie Silver —

The Palos Verdes Democrats met in person and on Zoom on Sunday, April 16.  Featured speakers CA State Senator, SD 24, Ben Allen and CA YIMBY Senior Director of Community Impact Konstantin Hatcher discussed the important and fraught issue of affordable housingSenator Allen addressed both the housing issue and his legislation, SB 54 – Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act.  Konstantin shared his experience with California YIMBY to address housing and equity concerns.

If you missed the April 16 meeting, I encourage you to watch the presentations by Senator Allen and Konstantin Hatcher, as well as the lively and sometimes heated audience Q & A section of the meeting.  The ongoing affordable housing crisis strikes at the very heart of our fundamental need for shelter as well as our need to protect our investments and preserve our communities.  I appreciate the willingness of both speakers to engage with the audience in a thoughtful and frank discussion about such an important issue.

For more information about some of the topics discussed at the April meeting, see the links below –

Senator Ben Allen:  https://sd24.senate.ca.gov/legislation (Housing – SCA 2, SB 1444; Plastics Pollution – SB 54)

California Yimby:  https://cayimby.org/sca-2/

CA State Constitutional Amendment, Article 34: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=CONS&division=&title=&part=&chapter=&article=XXXIV; https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-14/why-killing-article-34-on-affordable-housing-has-been-hard

Richard Rothstein’s book:  The Color of Law:  The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

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