City of Los Angeles Low Rent Housing, Proposition B (November 2008)

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A City of Los Angeles Low Rent Housing, Proposition B ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot for voters in the City of Los Angeles in Los Angeles County. It was approved.

Proposition B revised the existing voter-approved authorization for low rent housing in the city to "remove impediments to the federal and state funding requirements not compatible with current housing needs, and authorize the development, construction or acquisition of low rent housing by public entities in the City of Los Angeles, maintaining the previously authorized voter-approved level of 3,5000 units per Council District, subject to the availability of funding and all City development requirements."[1]

Election results

Proposition B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 616,711 59.97%
No411,62640.03%
These final, certified, election results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.

Support

These arguments were made in favor of Proposition B:

  • The measure would create a potential 52,000 low income housing units according to Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce[2]
  • The measure does not raise taxes.
  • The measure would allow Los Angeles low-income housing initiatives for families (and not just seniors) to access state monies available from already approved Prop 1C.
  • It fixes bureaucratic obstacles to building and financing affordable housing.

Opposition

  • A blog in the LA Weekly questioned whether people understand that the measure does away with past limits on high-rise housing for the poor.[3]

Editorial opinion

In favor

  • The Los Angeles Times urged a yes on B to allow Los Angeles to have its share of the state-wide monies for "affordable housing open to families" allocated by Proposition 1C, a $2.8-billion state housing bond.[4]
  • The Daily News Los Angeles and the Daily Breeze supported the measure, writing that it "is an administrative fix to a long-broken process in Los Angeles - and it will ensure that the city can compete for some of the $2.8 billion in affordable-housing funding approved by voters in 2006."[5][6]
  • The Daily Bruin also endorsed Proposition B, saying "This proposition would reconcile federal and state funding and requirements that do not currently work with housing needs."[7]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Proposition B: "Shall existing voter-approved authorization for low rent housing be revised to remove impediments to federal and state funding and requirements not compatible with current housing needs, and authorize the development, construction or acquisition of low rent housing by public entities in the City of Los Angeles, maintaining the previously authorized voter-approved level of 3,500 units per Council District, subject to availability of funding and all City development requirements?"[8]

See also

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