Fact Check

THEY SAY:

Their initiative enacts a harmless two-year "timeout" on construction and would only affect 5 percent or less of projects.

THE TRUTH:

The Housing Ban would stop virtually all major housing projects in Los Angeles for at least two years and make it almost impossible to build anything else after that – leading to a ban that can last for over ten years.

Their misleading 5 percent number includes all permits, like new toilets and repairs to existing houses. In fact, the majority of new, multi-family housing would be prohibited under their law.

 

THEY SAY:

Their initiative will end corruption in the planning process and end contributions from developers to city councilmembers.

THE TRUTH:

This claim couldn't be further from the truth; in fact, it's a classic bait and switch.

Measure S does nothing to stop corruption -- the only thing it stops is the building of desperately needed housing for working class and middle class families. If the goal is to ban contributions from developers, then ban contributions from developers, not the building of new housing!

 

THEY SAY:

Their initiative has an exemption for affordable housing projects and the HOUSING BAN will somehow help alleviate our housing crisis.

THE TRUTH:

90% of all planned opportunity sites for affordable and permanent supportive housing projects would come to an immediate halt under their poorly written measure.

Additionally, Studies prove mixed income housing is how we pull people out of poverty and improve housing crises -- not segregated housing dividing our city. Measure S bans building new housing and allows the building of more low-income "projects," a rejected and disproven method of providing housing. Yet another example of 60 year old solutions to today's problems.