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Future of SB 50 up in the LA air

By Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2020

“State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and a coalition of groups representing low-income communities are now opposed to Senate Bill 50.

“Mitchell, a powerful lawmaker who is running for L.A. County supervisor and leads the Senate’s budget committee, told constituents at town halls over the weekend that she was against the bill. The groups, including the Alliance for Community Transit — Los Angeles and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, announced their position against SB 50 on Wednesday [the 22nd].

“The bill ‘fails to address our most serious concerns and will exacerbate the housing challenges experienced by low-income people, people of color, and other vulnerable people, the very populations being hit hardest by California’s affordability crisis,’ the groups wrote in a letter to state Sen. Scott Wiener. ‘It fails to meet these communities’ housing affordability needs and has the potential to create new pressure and incentives for displacement.’ ”

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