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Housing crisis causes legislative avalanche: 130 bills proposed in Sacramento

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A mixed-use project with 185 apartments goes up in Fremont’s Centerville district. State legislators have proposed around 130 bills to jump-start new housing construction and tackle affordability issues. /Joseph Geha/Bay Area News Group

By Richard Schenin | The Mercury News

Home prices keep rising to shocking levels around the Bay Area, while rents remain out of sight. Now, state lawmakers in Sacramento are responding with a torrent of proposals.

Legislators have introduced about 130 bills to address what has become a statewide housing crisis. The sheer quantity “is unprecedented,” said Jason Rhine, legislative representative for the League of California Cities.

“I don’t think anyone can recall a time when we’ve had this many bills on housing — or on any one thing, period,” he said.

The legislative avalanche — bills to mitigate affordability concerns, boost housing production and protect tenants — demonstrates that the “crisis has reached its head,” said Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco).

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