Newsom Sets to Ease Housing Crisis
The recent Recall election in California was certainly something to see. Gavin Newsom won with a bigger percentage than he originally won the governorship with, even though a higher percentage of people initially signed to recall Newsom than had initially voted for him. Nothing to see there, however, as the mainstream media claims that everything you see is perfectly normal and just the way it is, and if you question that even slightly, you are quite literally in insurrectionist. And, as they love reminding Americans, Joe Biden is swiftly going to make new and stronger laws for insurrectionists. So, America will soon be a nation where questioning the oddness of what's happening in the world will have you labeled an enemy of the state. Though that's a different topic; on today's docket is Governor Newsom putting the recall behind him and swearing to promptly do something about the state's housing crisis.
Newsom put his entire governorship on hold as he campaigned against Larry Elder. Accordingly to the amazingly odd vote totals for Newsom, he certainly did not need to campaign. Nevertheless, he hasn't been an acting governor for a couple of months now, and bills started to pile up around him. Two of these bills, Senate Bills 9 and 10, focus on housing, and Newsom wants to get these signed and into law ASAP, as he believes that this will help not only in California's housing shortage but also its homelessness and the spate of people who need more affordable housing.
The first, Senate Bill 9, is a zoning law that essentially does away with the old "single family home" zoning laws and allows for duplexes and high rises to be built basically anywhere. In other words, this is a law that would allow the construction of high-rise housing projects in any sort of neighborhood. Though, we all know the rich and ritzy neighborhoods will not have to deal with this. But for the rest of Californians who enjoy peaceful cul de sacs and quiet neighborhoods, Newsom's idea for a housing crisis fix is to have housing projects and apartment towers built in existing California neighborhoods. The state doesn't want to build toward the Nevada side of the state, nor the north. They want to focus on building in areas where people have access to transportation, hospitals, groceries, etc. This expressly means building housing towers in already established neighborhoods.
The second bill, Senate Bill 10, is basically just a booster shot for no. 9, in that it removes environmental concerns and allows the high-rise housing to be built without the red tape of dealing with water restrictions, environmental waste, endangered species, or anything EPA-related. In other words, the state that leads the entire world in the word "no" when it comes to building housing if there's an environmental issue will now vote to literally ignore all potential environmental issues if it means getting housing built very quickly.
People are already screaming to the top of their lungs in California, suggesting this is nothing but free housing for the massive influx of immigrants through our southern border, forced to live alongside native Californians without them having a say-so in it. Though, to again remind people what we're dealing with in America, the mainstream media claims that the vote was perfectly legitimate, nothing at all odd, and so Californians did vote explicitly for this, and to say otherwise means you're trying to participate in an insurrection against a duly elected, democratic government. It's not really lost on anyone just how ironically convenient this all is for the government. They get to build Section 8 housing projects right in your backyard, and you're a dissident for voicing your opposition to it.
A Long History of Failures
Though there are a lot of people who are okay with these laws and really think they're going to help. And to remind them of government's long history of making things worse just falls on deaf ears. However, since Johnson's Great Society over 60 years ago, government housing has historically been nothing but breeding grounds for open-air drug markets and violent crime waves. The correlation is so exact on government housing turning bad that it's hard not to infer direct causation. There's just something about government building housing projects that lends itself to crime and misery.
What starts out as a noble call by government to house the neediest people in America always seems to turn into housing an undesirable element, which then isn't policed at all save for reactionary measures like shooting civilians. It's all such a big mess, but Californians are busy hoping that this will be the exception.