The Bay City Beacon: “California Voters Could Repeal Article 34 Next Year”

The Bay City Beacon: “California Voters Could Repeal Article 34 Next Year”

“The California State Senate’s Housing Committee voted unanimously on June 4th to approve Senate Constitutional Amendment 1 by State Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), which would repeal Article 34 of the state constitution. Article 34, which mandates a local ballot referendum to approve any affordable housing project subsidized mostly by public funds, has been a been a major driver of racial and class segregation since its passage in 1950, and inflates the cost of providing subsidized housing at a time when most Californians are struggling with soaring housing costs. SCA-1 now moves on to the full Senate . . .

“‘Article 34 was a wrong, unjust law put in place decades ago to discriminate against people of color and lower income people,’ said Amie Fishman, Executive Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) . . . ‘We are thrilled that the Senate took this important passing vote to remove housing discrimination from our State Constitution by repealing the unjust Article 34.’”

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Yesenia Jameson