Cavecche Housing/Homelessness Q3
The increase of the homeless populations in cities all across Southern California has become a crisis for taxpayers across the region. Access to public property, sidewalks, parks, trails, public centers is being denied due to legitimate safety and health concerns. This is tantamount to a taking of property from a property owner, in this case the taxpayers.
Over a decade ago the California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 2. It requires cities to identify in their housing element a zone or zones where emergency shelters are allowed as permitted use without a conditional use permit or other discretionary permit. Ever city in Southern California has an area where an emergency shelter can be built. The State of California needs to get serious about enforcing the law that they passed and holding cities feet to the fire. Cities need to stop pointing fingers at each other and build the required SB 2 shelter.