California Democratic State Senator Scott Weiner has advocated elimination of zoning restrictions on multi-family housing. He’s pushed for SB 50, a measure that would have made it easier for multi-family homes and apartment complexes to be built near transit hubs in areas zoned for single family homes.
Considered a progressive, Weiner faced a re-election challenge in November from fellow-Democrat Jackie Fielder, a “young, indigenous, queer, Latina” endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America. Weiner was re-elected, but Fielder gave him a run for it, on a platform opposing reliance on the free market or elimination of zoning restrictions. Fielder argued the government should intervene and build more public housing for low- and no-income community members.
In short, Fielder’s campaign demonstrates that the Really Progressive stance isn’t necessarily in favor of upzoning.
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