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Newsom Signs Bills Intended To Spur Housing Development In Areas Zoned For Commercial, Office Use


Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a pair of bills Wednesday that are intended to spur housing development on plots of land that are zoned for commercial and office buildings and parking lots.

State legislators and construction union officials gathered for the signing of Assembly Bill 2011 and Senate Bill 6, which both encourage and incentivize building housing in commercial areas and ensure that the workers building new housing will be paid sufficient wages.

The two bills, according to SB 6 author Sen. Anna Caballero, and AB 2011 author Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, could support the construction of more than 2 million new housing units across the state while reducing urban sprawl and vacant storefronts and office buildings.

“We have an abundance of retail space, we have an abundance of office parks that are no longer being utilized and we have a real deficit of housing,” Wicks said. “Let’s use that land for what it should be for: homes so people have housing security.”


Newsom signed an additional 36 housing-related bills after the signing ceremony and argued that state officials have in the past deferred efforts to expand the availability of affordable housing and housing more broadly.

State officials dedicated some $3.3 billion in the budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year to spur the construction of affordable housing developments.


Tsa September 29, 2022 - 10:18 AM - 10:18 AM

Up to 2 million new housing units with no water and no electricity approved by politicians with no brains…

Badge1104 September 29, 2022 - 2:01 PM - 2:01 PM

You said it! So true!

PO'd September 29, 2022 - 10:49 AM - 10:49 AM

In other words “pack n stack” everywhere.

LocalAntiLib September 29, 2022 - 11:23 AM - 11:23 AM

Our Governor is an idiot.

Parent September 29, 2022 - 5:34 PM - 5:34 PM


Please tell me that is sarcasm … our governor is one of the biggest political failures in my lifetime, and I have passed the 1/2 century mark.

He has failed us morally, he has lied to us, he has cheated us, he has treated us like peasants who are not worth the clothes on our back …. If we are not here illegally, he don’t care.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 29, 2022 - 5:56 PM - 5:56 PM

@ ssouza….

Newsom is not a “Good Man” he’s a two timing adulterer and a liar, he claimed to have had fire crews clear thousands of acres of brush and other dried fuel to lessen the forest fire danger and he lied to us!

Then he diverted money away from fire fighting and spent it on who knows what?

“Newsom overstated, by an astounding 690%, the number of acres treated with fuel breaks and prescribed burns in the very forestry projects he said needed to be prioritized to protect the state’s most vulnerable communities”

And you spelled “certainly” wrong.

Snappy97 September 29, 2022 - 6:13 PM - 6:13 PM

@ssouza, do you know him personally? I met him years ago- I thought he was fake.

James September 29, 2022 - 6:41 PM - 6:41 PM

Are you 10 or 11 and does your mommy know you’re playing on her computer and in her privates drawer?
You give no examples and are upset that everyone hates the guy,and you cant name one likeable thing about him.
Another desperate troll apparently.Liberal way of thinking:If he;’s not Trump,he’s a decent man.

Original G September 29, 2022 - 6:48 PM - 6:48 PM

Dr. Jellyfinger, …

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.
I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”
— Ronald Reagan

The Fearless Spectator September 29, 2022 - 7:29 PM - 7:29 PM

Based on his decision making and causes supported, Gavin Newsom is indeed and idiot. However he is a dangerous idiot, as he is owned by a very narrow group of special interest benefactors. Therefore, he will say and do as they tell him. A dangerous idiot personified.

nytemuvr September 29, 2022 - 7:41 PM - 7:41 PM
Glen223 September 30, 2022 - 4:19 AM - 4:19 AM

No, Newscum is not an idiot – that’s an insult to true idiots.

He’s MUCH worse than that….a lying hypocrite of an idiot.

Prove me wrong, ssouza (or whatever your name is this week). Not hard to figure you out, based on your posts…..

Dr. Jellyfinger September 30, 2022 - 8:57 AM - 8:57 AM

John Wilkes Booth must be on vacation since there are several new DNC minions filling in lately.
They aren’t exactly `sending in the A-Team tho ……. it’s like they’re recruiting middle school journalism students.

WC September 29, 2022 - 11:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Yeah. Just in time. Chevron just signed the deal to sell its San Ramoon HQ to Sunset Development. Massive apartment complex coming soon?

To Do List September 29, 2022 - 11:45 AM - 11:45 AM

My weasel real estate developer relative is building a residential complex in Southern California with tiny sleeping spaces but shared kitchens and living areas. City loves it. Hop skip and jump to Soylent green world with Charleton Heston.

Parent September 29, 2022 - 11:51 AM - 11:51 AM

So we have over 3 Billion dollars to build housing in a state that cannot support itself electrically or with water ….

But we don’t have the ~400 million needed for kindegarten to be mandatory? Our glorious dictator said we don’t have the funds for the education of our children (let that sink in)…. But we have funds for this housing?

O … maybe this is where the fool will be housing all the illegal immigrants with state ID’s that will ‘vote’ for him.

Led September 29, 2022 - 2:23 PM - 2:23 PM

Why would mandatory kindergarten be a good thing!? You want our crackpot government to have even more control of how our kids grow up?

Anon September 29, 2022 - 3:22 PM - 3:22 PM

LOL, a state with a failing infrastructure….but be sure to send $$$ to UKRAINE… they can be warm & fed.
Now, let’s build Barrios, stack n paKS with community kitchens.

This is what World Economic Forum puppets give you.

Parent September 29, 2022 - 5:36 PM - 5:36 PM


You raise a valid point …. But I did not like his argument or no funding, and then have him spend 3 +billion on this.

Original G September 30, 2022 - 10:16 AM - 10:16 AM

Led, …

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
— Vladimir Lenin

“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.”
— Vladimir Lenin

WC---Creeker September 29, 2022 - 1:22 PM - 1:22 PM

How do you build affordable housing?

“State officials dedicated some $3.3 billion in the budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year to spur the construction of affordable housing developments.”

Is the 3.3b to help reduce financially burdensome regulations, maybe drop the regulations on the timber industry to make lumber cheaper. What are they doing with the 3.3B? Are they subsidizing the builders? Once we get rid of all the commercial office buildings we’ll have a shortage of where to house the jobs.

Led September 29, 2022 - 2:24 PM - 2:24 PM

In theory it makes sense to remove barriers to converting underused space to housing. In theory. I’m not confident the state will do this right, at all.

Pony September 29, 2022 - 3:33 PM - 3:33 PM

So you convert old store fronts and office parks to housing. Where will the jobs be to support the user of this housing? Nice the workers building this will be paid “sufficient wages” (whatever the heck that is) but what about the people who will live there. Are the jobs a bullet train ride halfway to LA?

Aunt Barbara September 29, 2022 - 5:25 PM - 5:25 PM

jobs are obsolete now. Most live off the Government. Gavin likes it that way.

Clive September 29, 2022 - 5:27 PM - 5:27 PM

It makes sense to repurpose abandoned malls and offices, but cities have put a lot of effort into structure plans with zoning for appropriate usage, and ensuring that the city infrastructure can handle that usage.
So this may ruin those careful city plans and create chaos
Walnut Creek has zoned high density housing near transport hubs like BART and away from congested roads.
Turning Shadelands into an industrial housing park may work as there is a big shopping area in walking distance, but it will not work for commuting anywhere
Any redevelopment should ensure local walkable neighborhoods with mixed usage

Captain Bebops September 30, 2022 - 9:17 AM - 9:17 AM

Sooner or later the Bay Area will look like Vancouver, BC. I hardly recognize that place from my stays there in the 60s and 70s. High rises everywhere. Thing is one of my relatives works for one of the big local construction firms and confirmed they build big homes for the profit so small homes and high rises might not be on their agenda.

When I think of the future I think of “Dredd”, the Karl Urban version of “Judge Dredd” which kept more true to the original graphic comic.

To Do List September 30, 2022 - 10:41 AM - 10:41 AM

I don’t trust any of this. In the late 1960s and early 70’s there were all sorts of experts with charts and graphs convincing everyone to build commercial malls like SunValley. They wanted to redesign how people shopped and had grand plans about shaping cities and society. It turned into a bandwagon everyone jumped on and was later called the Malling of America. A few short decades later we are tearing down or repurposing many of these while many wish they had their old buildings back. Now the bandwagon is high density housing with a new set of experts with charts and graphs. If you got in the way of the Malling of America you were an obstructionist of the future, and now I suppose you are selfish and elitist or some such thing. Once the narrative takes hold, any questioning or common sense can’t get in the way.

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