[REGIONAL NEWS] How California’s big plans to address housing affordability crashed

Advocates chant on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall in April before the announcement that supporters had turned in signatures to qualify Proposition 10 for the November ballot. /Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

By Liam Dillon | Los Angeles Time

Just over two weeks ago, California lawmakers were planning to advance some of the most aggressive policies in the nation to combat rising housing costs. They were pushing to open up most neighborhoods zoned only for single-family homes to apartment construction and to prevent millions of renters from facing double-digit rent increases each year.

Then it all fell apart.

In a series of dramatic committee hearings and last-minute decisions in Sacramento, three major housing bills were blocked or whittled to a husk. Their demise came at the hands of engaged homeowner activists from predominantly suburban communities, real estate lobbies and after a lack of intervention from Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leadership to keep the bills alive.

Now, after it appeared lawmakers would make their strongest attempt yet at addressing California’s housing affordability challenges, they believe their measures won’t be enough.

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