Governor Jerry Brown: Vote No on S


On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown formally announced his opposition to Measure S, the Los Angeles city initiative on the March 7th ballot that would ban the use of critical planning tools needed to develop badly needed affordable and market-rate housing, while destroying billions of dollars of economic activity and tens of thousands of Los Angeles jobs.

"I join with all those who say Measure S goes too far,” said Governor Brown. 

Governor Brown has led the charge to address the housing crisis in California’s cities. His 2017-2018 budget warned specifically of the dangers of anti-housing policies like Measure S. With Los Angeles housing construction calculated at only 41 percent of the area’s estimated need, the budget demonstrated how a housing ban would raise rents, drive away the middle-class, and worsen climate change, traffic and homelessness. 

According to the Governor’s budget, “The lack of housing supply creates a number of challenges for the state and its residents… Approximately half of all California households are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs, and nearly one‐third of all California households are spending more than 50 percent of income on housing costs.” California’s housing shortage “directly impacts to the number of individuals experiencing homelessness.”

Governor Brown has also led the fight against climate change by championing policy changes that Measure S would thwart. As Attorney General, he led the charge to have cities substantially decrease their carbon footprints. As Governor, he has continued to advocate for smart growth, conservation, and measures that have placed California on the global forefront of fighting catastrophic climate change. Measure S would hamper those efforts by encouraging sprawl and unnecessary car-dependency—especially dangerous now that federal support for California’s environmental leadership is in question.

Last November, Los Angeles voters chose to invest in a world-class transit system by approving Measure M. Measure S would abandon that sustainable vision by limiting the city to decades-old plans that don’t allow the city to become easier to move around, more affordable and ultimately more livable.