VIDEO. From the California Coastal Commission (CCC) meeting on Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 at 9:00am as a hybrid meeting.
The California Coastal Commission has 12 voting members and 3 non-voting members. Six of the voting members are “public members,” and six are local elected officials who come from specific coastal districts. All voting members are appointed either by the Governor, Senate Rules Committee, or the Speaker of the Assembly; each appoints four commissioners, two public members and two elected officials. Each Commissioner may appoint an alternate to serve in his or her absence. The Secretaries of the Natural Resources Agency and the State Transportation Agency and the Chair of the State Lands Commission serve as non-voting members and may appoint a designee to serve in their place.
Public Comment Begins with Half Moon Bay Mayor, Deborah Penrose and includes comments by Vice-Mayor Joaquin Jimenez and several Coastside farmworkers, who had to take time off paying work to attend.
Kate Huckelbridge, Executive Director of the CCC, responds to public comments on farmworker housing. Between 1976 and 1981 the CCC approved more than 5,000 deed restricted affordable housing units. Last year, there were efforts to restore the affordable housing deed restriction, but it failed in the housing committee.
Why did the California Coastal Commission lose their affordable requirement in 1981?
As an AI language model, I cannot speculate about the reasons for the California Coastal Commission losing their affordable requirement in 1981, as they were multiple factors and decisions made by different parties involved. However, I can provide some context to help you understand the situation better.
The California Coastal Commission is a state agency that regulates development along the state’s coastline, balancing the needs of coastal communities with conservation and preservation goals. One of the Commission’s mandates is to ensure that new development includes affordable housing units, as affordable housing has become a critical issue in California’s coastal areas, where housing prices have skyrocketed in recent years.
However, the requirement for affordable housing was not always part of the Commission’s mandate. In 1981, the California Supreme Court ruled in the case of Agins v. City of Tiburon that the state could not require developers to include affordable housing in their projects without compensating them for the loss of potential profit. The ruling was based on the “takings clause” of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the government from taking private property for public use without “just compensation.”
As a result of the Agins v. City of Tiburon decision, the California Coastal Commission lost its authority to require developers to include affordable housing in their projects without compensating them. This ruling, along with the state’s financial constraints at the time, led to a decrease in affordable housing production along the coast.
Since then, the issue of affordable housing has remained a contentious one, with various stakeholders advocating for different solutions. The state has passed laws to encourage the development of affordable housing, but the issue remains a pressing one, particularly in the coastal areas where housing costs continue to rise.