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On Oct. 13 Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 1229, a bill that proposed to dramatically weaken rent control limitations contained in the landmark Costa-Hawkins law sponsored by the California Association of Realtors in 1995. CAR has aggressively opposed the bill throughout the legislative process and had asked the governor for a veto.
AB 1229 proposed to undo Costa-Hawkins’ protections by allowing local governments to impose inclusionary zoning on newly constructed single family and rental housing developments. AB 1229 would have effectively repealed that part of the CAR-sponsored Costa-Hawkins legislation that says new construction in a rent control jurisdiction is exempt, or not subject to rent control.
The bill was introduced in February 2013 by Assemblymember Toni Atkins and coauthored by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and Senator Mark Leno. It passed the Assembly in May 2013 and the Senate last month.
In a statement, Brown wrote, “As mayor of Oakland, I saw how difficult it can be to attract development to low and middle income communities. Requiring developers to include below-market units in their projects ca exacerbate these challenges, even while not meaningfully increasing the amount of affordable housing in a given community.”