Assembly Dems Kill Melendez Bill to Build More Homes for Middle Class Families
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez’s, R-Lake Elsinore, announced today the Assembly Democrats killed her housing legislation, Assembly Bill 2856, to streamline housing developments for low and middle class families.
“Democrats can cut red tape to build football stadiums and basketball arenas, but they can’t cut red tape to build housing for the poor?” said Melendez. “It’s time Democrats stop lining their pockets with special interest dollars, and start doing something tangible about the housing crisis.”
Assembly Bill 2856 would have spurred new housing construction by limiting the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This bill would have only allowed violations that threatened the public’s health or the discovery of historical artifacts to stop home construction.
CEQA litigation has held up several housing developments in California, such as a San Francisco housing project for homeless teens for two years and a Berkeley housing project for very low income senior citizens for two years.
The Democratically-controlled legislature passed several CEQA exemptions for sport stadiums, such as the Sacramento Kings Arena, but they have supported little exemptions for housing projects.
“Families are spending over a third of their paycheck to keep a roof over their children’s heads. Only one-third of families can buy a median-priced home,” said Melendez. “The skyrocketing cost of housing has led to a homeless crisis never before seen in California.”
Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo, and Winchester. Follow her on Twitter: @asmMelendez