KTVU: New California law aims to build affordable housing faster

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill last week that lawmakers say will help speed up the process of building new affordable housing in California

State Sen. Dave Cortese says this bill will cut through some of the red tape that keeps housing projects stalled and Californians longing for more affordable housing. 

"We have young people moving out of the area. We have older people that are struggling with the cost of housing," said Cortese, whose district includes parts of San Jose and other Santa Clara County cities.   

Cortese says lawmakers across the state know there isn’t enough affordable housing and State Senate Bill 406 is just one of the many steps they’re taking to do something about it. The bill addresses the environmental studies that are currently required by CEQA or the California Environmental Quality Act. 

"There’s just nothing worse than having a project all ready to go, ready to build ready to house people, already cleared environmentally, just to find out that the little bit of government financial assistance that you’re getting is going to cause you to have to go through those hoops all over again," Cortese said. 

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