The Coalition For Economic Survival (CES) urges a NO vote on Measure S, on the March 7, 2017 Los Angeles City ballot.
CES believes Measure S
threatens to delay or stop projects that would otherwise provide affordable housing, and housing for homeless people.
Measure S puts a two-year moratorium on development projects requiring certain zoning or height exemptions, and permanently prohibits developments requiring a
general plan amendment. Thus, it could stop projects that would provide permanent supportive housing for people that are homeless - housing that voters approved with the passage of Measure HHH last November.
Clearly, there is a great need for government action to protect neighborhoods and much more action is needed to preserve our existing rent controlled and affordable housing stock. In fact, this lack of action at City Hall, no doubt, opened the door for Measure S to make it to the ballot.
Measure S does have some good provisions. The City should be updating community plans. Obviously, in response to Measure S, the City Council just voted to back an effort to update community plans more frequently.
Additionally, developers should not be allowed to select environmental impact report consultants for their projects.
But, it is our belief that Measure S is a sledgehammer approach that does not provide a solution. In fact, it may make matters worse.