Measure S Mailer Check: How Long Will The Housing Ban Really Last?

Lie 3Backers of Measure S claim that they are only seeking to halt development for two years. That’s bad enough. But it also hides the long-term effects of their initiative.

Section 5 of Measure S includes permanent restrictions on the use of General Plan Amendments until the city’s outdated General Plan is completely overhauled—a process which, in Los Angeles, typically takes ten years. This “silent moratorium” could keep Measure S raising rents and costing jobs far into the future. And it would maintain the ban on affordable housing development on 9 of 10 city-owned sites.

Here’s Father Richard Estrada, the president of Jovenes, Inc.’s board of directors, to explain:

Father Estrada:

Last October, I stood with immigrant hotel workers, environmental advocates, neighborhood council members and others on a parking lot in Lincoln Heights that the city chose to turn into the permanent supportive housing that our city desperately needs.

Then, in November, Los Angeles voted to fund the construction of that housing with Prop HHH. This news filled me with hope that we could turn around this crisis.

Now Measure S could undo that good work. It would ban construction on that lot as well as four others nearby. First, for the two years of the moratorium. Then for however long it will take to update the Northeast Los Angeles community plan. For as long as a decade, that land would be scorched earth—empty parking lots instead of homes for our homeless neighbors.

Even that decade may be wishful thinking. Measure S backers have shown time and again that they will stand in the way of community plan updates that allow more housing. They stand against placing jobs and housing along our transit system, too.

When you point out that Measure S could have effects ten years into the future, they try to change the subject. But it’s there in the language of the initiative. The "silent moratorium" could keep our homeless neighbors on the street for decades to come.

Next, we’ll look at the Measure S campaign’s outrageous claim that their housing ban won’t stand in the way of affordable housing construction.