I believe local control is key to community planning. We can create more housing to fix the shortage and affordability crisis while still giving communities control to shape their neighborhoods. Every Californian should be able to attain a home they can afford.
To fix our housing affordability crisis, we must cut regulations and taxes that make it harder to build. For example, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) increases building costs and project timelines. I'm pushing to reform CEQA and make it easier to build in California. In fact, I’ve already taken steps to do so during my time in the Senate. I've coauthored several bipartisan measures to reform CEQA and help advance affordable housing developments. While these efforts have been an excellent step in the right direction, much more work still needs to be done to increase housing supply and lower housing costs.