Council Applauds Governor Brown for Signing Bills to Address Housing Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Bay Area Council today issued the following statement applauding Gov. Brown for signing a package of bills taking aim at California’s housing crisis. The Council was a strong supporter of a number of bills that were included in the overall package, including SB 2 by Sen. Toni Atkins, SB 3 by Sen. Jim Beall Jr. and SB 166 and SB 167 by Sen. Nancy Skinner. Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman attended the ceremony at Hunter’s Point in San Francisco where the Governor signed the legislation.

“California took a great first step today in addressing our crippling housing crisis,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “We applaud Gov. Brown for his leadership and the leadership of our legislators in taking on this difficult challenge. There is much, much more work to do, but the package of bills the governor signed today gets us started and provides badly needed funding for affordable housing, streamlining reforms to get more housing built faster, and stronger enforcement tools for ensuring our cities follow through on their housing obligations. We must continue the work to develop even stronger reforms that can unleash the power of the marketplace to address the huge scale of California’s housing shortage and affordability crisis.”

About the Bay Area Council
The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public-policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here. Founded in 1945, the Bay Area Council is widely respected by elected officials, policy makers and other civic leaders as the voice of Bay Area business. Today, approximately 275 of the largest employers in the region support the Bay Area Council and offer their CEO or top executive as a member. Our members employ more than 4.43 million workers and have revenues of $1.94 trillion, worldwide.

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