Colman: JERRY BROWN: IMPERIALIST

It looks like my good friend Richard Colman is too old to be subtle—he states clearly “Jerry Brown is am imperialist.  Glad to see direct talk, not weasel words excusing the theft of freedom and earnings from the workers of California by a Governor who believes the people belong to the State.

Who benefits from these housing bills?  The answer is:  real estate developers; banks; insurance companies; lawyers; architects; and others.  Did Brown sign these bills to appease special interests or for the good of the people of California?

State of California intervention into a local community’s housing situation is not new. 

According to the website www.ca.gov“Since 1969, California has required that all local governments (cities and counties) adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community.  California’s local governments meet this requirement by adopting housing plans as part of their ‘general plan’ (also required by the state). General plans serve as the local government’s ‘blueprint’ for how the city and/or county will grow and develop and include seven elements:  land use, transportation, conservation, noise, open space, safety, and housing.  The law mandating that housing be included as an element of each jurisdiction’s general plan is known as ‘housing-element law.’ “

The bills just signed by the very confused Guv Brown assure that the most your elected city council members and Boards of Supervisors can do is rubber stamp Sacramento’s control of your community—now these folks can cut ribbons and issue proclamations—nothing for the benefit of the community or meeting the needs and concerns of your city.  Can anyone tell me the difference in these matters between Moscow and Sacramento?  Maybe Mueller should be investigating Brown.

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JERRY BROWN:  IMPERIALIST

By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views, 10/3/17

 

Gov. Jerry Brown of California has shown that he is an imperialist. 

Brown, a Democrat, signed fifteen housing bills on Sept. 29, 2017.  The bills strip local cities of political control over their respective communities. 

Towns like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose no longer have the power to use their land as they see fit. 

Specifically, the bills Brown signed take away a local community’s power to establish building heights, zoning practices, and housing density (houses per acre). 

One of the bills Brown signed is Senate Bill 3.  According to the Los Angeles Times (Sept. 29, 2017), Senate Bill 3 creates a “. . . $4 billion housing bond, which would go toward helping pay for the development of new homes for low-income residents . . .”  In 2018, California’s voters will have, in a statewide vote, an opportunity to approve or reject the $4 billion measure. 

Another bill, Senate Bill 2, “is expected to raise $250 million a year by charging people a $75 staring fee to refinance a mortgage or make other real estate transactions. except for home or commercial property sales.”  (Los Angeles Times, Sept. 29, 2017). 

Brown also signed is Senate Bill 35, designed, according to the Mercury News (Sept. 14, 2017), ” . . . to tackle the housing shortage by making it faster and cheaper for developers to building projects that meet a city’s zoning requirements . . .” 

Who benefits from these housing bills?  The answer is:  real estate developers; banks; insurance companies; lawyers; architects; and others.  Did Brown sign these bills to appease special interests or for the good of the people of California?

State of California intervention into a local community’s housing situation is not new. 

According to the website www.ca.gov“Since 1969, California has required that all local governments (cities and counties) adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community.  California’s local governments meet this requirement by adopting housing plans as part of their ‘general plan’ (also required by the state). General plans serve as the local government’s ‘blueprint’ for how the city and/or county will grow and develop and include seven elements:  land use, transportation, conservation, noise, open space, safety, and housing.  The law mandating that housing be included as an element of each jurisdiction’s general plan is known as ‘housing-element law.’ “

In the spring of 2017, voters in the City of Los Angeles rejected Measure S, a ballot initiative that would have placed strong controls over development in the city.  Initially, the measure appeared headed for approval.  Later, Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vigorously opposed Measure S, and the measure lost.

Instead of using governmental power to create more housing, Brown could have offered a voucher to an individual seeking shelter.  A voucher is like a free (or subsidized) “ticket” that allows an individual to decide where he wants to live.

In California, individuals can elect to live in Chinatowns.  Chinatowns exist in such cities as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland.  What is wrong with a person’s living in an area where there are people of a similar ethnic background and where there are shops and restaurants that cater to a local community’s needs and desires?  No one is forced to live in a Chinatown.

Other examples of ethnic communities are Koreatown in Los Angeles and Japantown in San Francisco.  (In cities like New York City, there are Italian, Chinese, Greek, and Jewish neighborhoods.)

Brown is principally known for environmental activism.  He supports plans to reduce the release of pollutants into the atmosphere.  He believes that mankind has contributed to alleged climate change and has favored governmental action to reduce the reported warming of the earth.

However, Brown has been inconsistent.  He supports the construction of a high-speed railroad project to carry passengers between Northern and Southern California.  He also favors the construction of two water tunnels in the Delta, an area east of San Francisco Bay where the Sacramento River and the San Joaquin River come together.

By signing 15 housing bills, Brown has made each California municipality a colony of the state government in Sacramento.  In effect, local governments are not needed.  These governments are really administrative appendages of the State of California.

 

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.