GOVERNOR NEWSOM EASILY FENDS OFF RECALL EFFORTS
In an election that had been hyped up to be as competitive as it gets, Governor Gavin Newsom coasted to a resounding 25 point victory. Voters clearly decided that they didn’t want a dramatic change in course and as Governor Newsom said at his election party, “we said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, [and] we said yes to ending this pandemic.” Now that the $276 million recall election is over, Governor Newsom must seriously address the state’s huge policy challenges, including homelessness, drought, wildfires, and the omnipresent housing crisis, especially as he faces reelection in 2022 and sets his eyes on higher office in 2024.
CALIFORNIA PASSES HISTORIC HOUSING LEGISLATION
Governor Newsom effectively ended single-family zoning in California by signing S.B. 9 and S.B. 10 into law. These two pieces of legislation will allow duplexes to be built in most neighborhoods across the state, including places where apartments had been banned, and reduce environmental rules on multifamily housing developments. S.B. 9 alone will most likely lead to the creation of more than 700,000 homes according to the University of California, Berkeley’s Terner Center. With California facing an unprecedented housing supply crisis, the state needed this immediate and bold action to spur the creation of denser housing.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Hispanic Heritage Month started on September 15th as a nod to the Independence Days for a number of Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all recognize the 15th as the date of their independence. Learn more about the history of Hispanic Heritage Month and explore some of the many events that are happening around the Bay Area here.