Good-governance gag order: Housing authority, Region Builders at loggerheads over ‘conflict of interest’ rule

By December 15, 2017News

– Sacramento News & Review,

The local agency responsible for bringing more affordable housing to Sacramento is under fire from Region Builders, one of the most powerful developers’ associations around the Capitol. At issue is a policy proposal that housing officials say would keep big-time builders from exerting improper influence on Sacramento’s council members and supervisors.

Region Builders calls the proposal an illegal, overly-bureaucratic growth-killer that will make the city’s housing crisis even worse.

Elected officials will have to make their own decision on the policy at the start of 2018.

Meanwhile, there is a dark cloud on the horizon that housing officials and developers generally agree about: If the U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the Republicans’ tax bill passes, most affordable housing projects in California will be dead in the water anyway.

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