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Brother, Can You Spare a Developer?
Measure S, the "Neighborhood Integrity Initiative"?


The song says, "We Love L.A.," but it's America's homeless capital, has the worst traffic congestion in the nation and since 2010 has added only 25,000 new housing units. The median home price is $610,000, an increase of $240,000 over the last 5 years, and renters make up 53.9% of L.A. area residents (U.S. Census' 2015 American Community Survey).

L.A. builders face high costs for land and labor, and are thwarted at every turn by permitting and approval red tape. You would think the city would bend over backwards to facilitate housing development. Just the opposite approach is currently being pushed. It's called Measure S ("Neighborhood Integrity Initiative"), the anti-development initiative on the March 7 ballot in L.A.

Measure S was preceded by Proposition U, which easily passed in November 1986. Prop U mandated reducing the size and height of new buildings capping commercial development, but it also has ended up keeping new housing from being built.

Measure S calls for a two-year moratorium on developments requiring an amendment to the city's general plan, as well as a permanent ban on such projects on sites smaller than 15 acres.

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