California Today: California Today: The Housing Crisis Hits Berkeley

Are you worried that local control is being threatened? There have been some lawsuits against you and others for violating the Housing Accountability Act, which requires cities to approve projects that meet certain local development standards.

It is to some extent. We are in a statewide housing crisis and the State Legislature is just as concerned as the city of Berkeley. Part of it is making sure that whatever comes down from Sacramento, we still have the flexibility to look at projects and shape projects.

What about people who say that there is too much regulation that slows down building and makes the problem worse?

Certainly that is the case in cities like Palo Alto and other suburban communities where the process blocks the housing….

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