'As illegal aliens and wealthy foreigners continue to flood their way into California, driving the state to the point of reaching maximum capacity, some lawmakers there are proposing a “solution” that would effectively eliminate all single-family zoning – meaning no more detached housing for Californians, and plenty of high-density apartments and condominiums instead.
Senate Bill 50, authored by San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener, a Democrat, would make it so that any residential lot or property in California could be legally converted into a duplex, triplex, or fourplex, at the owner’s discretion. If passed into law, SB 50 would almost certainly lead to a large percentage of single-family homes throughout the state, which are far less profitable than the high-density “sardine can” housing that these lawmakers want, very quickly becoming a thing of the past.
A legislative committee has already signed off on SB 50, and now the bill has to go through another round of hearings by various other committees before it proceeds to the state legislature, and eventually to the desk of Governor Gavin Newsom. If the bill survives and gets signed, California will only become even more crowded than it already is, with no end in sight.
As part of the negotiation process, Wiener agreed to merge his bill with another, known as Senate Bill 4, that was authored by Sen. Mike McGuire, a Democrat from Healdsburg. This combined bill, according to the Los Angeles Times, would allow for any single-family home anywhere in the state to be converted into a fourplex, by right, should the owner choose to go that route.
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