‘NIMBYism is Destroying the State.’ Gavin Newsom Ups Pressure On Cities To Build More Housing

 Gov. Gavin Newsom defended his administration’s work on housing and homelessness during an interview with The Chronicle’s editorial board Thursday, promising to crack down on local opposition to housing projects.

“Taxpayers deserve more in terms of results, not just inputs,” Newsom said. “They want to see results.”

In the last few years, Newsom has been responsible for putting more state funding into housing and homelessness programs than any other recent governor. His previous budgets have poured billions in funding to increase housing production and help get homeless people off the streets, but Californians aren’t yet seeing results they want, as they continue to rank housing and homelessness as top concerns.

Three years into Newsom’s tenure, housing production remains sluggish. Although preliminary numbers show the homeless population has shrunk in San Francisco, it’s grown in almost every other Bay Area county that reported data last week.

Where’s the holdup? At the local level, Newsom argues, where “not in my backyard” politics prevent homeless shelters from being constructed and housing projects from being approved.

“NIMBYism is destroying the state,” he told the editorial board in an interview seeking the paper’s endorsement in his upcoming re-election bid. “We’re gonna demand more from our cities and counties.”

Tensions over state intervention in local housing policy have escalated in California in recent years as the housing crisis has raged and lawmakers have passed dozens of new laws pressuring local governments to build more homes. A proposed ballot measure that would override recent state housing laws and give local jurisdictions far more power over housing decisions did not qualify for the November ballot, but organizers have said they’ll try to make the 2024 ballot.

Newsom’s promise to hold cities and counties accountable isn’t new. One of his first actions as governor was to sue the city of Huntington Beach for not planning to build enough affordable housing, something local governments must do under state law. He said his new Housing Accountability Unit within the Housing and Community Development Department is poring over the minutes of local planning committees to determine whether local governments are complying with state housing laws that require them to plan for affordable housing and, in some cases, approve it.

“It’s critical to hold cities and counties accountable,” he said. “There’s a crisis. Why the hell are you stopping projects? I mean, we’ve seen it over and over.”

That was illustrated last year, when Newsom’s Housing and Community Development Department began investigating whether San Francisco supervisors violated state law in rejecting a 495-unit apartment complex near Sixth and Market streets. That could potentially lead to the Newsom administration suing San Francisco, just as it sued Huntington Beach.

Newsom pointed to that lawsuit and suggested that was just a preview of the work his office will do to hold cities accountable on housing and homelessness.

In his revised state budget, which he unveiled earlier this month, Newsom identified homelessness as the state’s top issue and proposed $700 million in new homeless aid and $500 million to convert malls and office buildings into housing. Those proposals would build on billions in housing and homelessness funding that Newsom approved in last year’s budget.

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  1. No water but build more housing? Lol.

    • Plus utilities are projecting power outages. lol indeed!

    • Newsom has poured billios of gallon into the Bay.
      Has spent the money we voted to fix and secure our resevoirs on aNYTHING but that.
      12 of the 14 primary Reervoirs now labeled by state safety insspection “UNSAFE: above 1/2 full.
      then photos those and sscreams drought.
      Utter krrappooola.
      Newsom is as big a crook as his aunt Pelosi.
      So Cal’s Sacrament delta pumping station #3 has been closed for years due to the protected ‘endangered’ species… the Cali Smelt’…. a fish not even indigenous to Cali… but infested the Delta by haphazard importing it from Asia.

      Sooo….Reservoirs cannot hold the water designed for… due to corrupt management.

      So Cals pumping Station #3 off grid due to a fraud ‘endangered species’… now has been years!!..

      Billions of gallons dumped into the Bay instead of pumping it to so Cal.
      NO drought in the rainfall numbers… unchanged in 70+ years.
      Newsom CREATED this fake drought by not maintaining our reservoir system.
      Open Pump station 3… repair the reservoirs to hold design capacity… viola!!… NO MOrE fake draight.
      AND supports free flow illegal aliens across our border.

      UNAmerican… a corrupt LIAR…..and now he has untold billions unspent for the homeless… BUT want to slam our homes values by forcing Counties and Cities to build hi density housing on R1 zoned lots in our neighborhoods..

      Impeach… RECALL…. eject… vote OUT this Dem obscenity and restore our Golden state.

  2. Well Newsom how about putting them in your backyard!

  3. Newsom owns a vineyard in Napa, convert that to homeless housing. Also, I’m sure his backyard has lots of room for some housing to be built for the homeless. Let him start the ball rolling.

  4. Really??? says

    Now now John, that might upset his visit to the Laundry.

    20 years ago I stated to my Republican friends that Brown was creating the basis of Soviet style command economy.

    Now 2 decades later the Newsom and the rest of the Socialists in Sacramento have achieved it. The only step left is to take over private businesses. Wait yo mean government is now taking over the banking industry?

    You betcha buckaroo……. When the Democrats finally get it that their ownership of private property and businesses is a crime they will flee.

    By then it will be too late.

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