SFGate: City Council Follows Mayor’s Lead After Report Reveals Lack Of Affordable Housing

SFGate: City Council Follows Mayor’s Lead After Report Reveals Lack Of Affordable Housing
March 21, 2018 Joanna Rivas

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved requests from Mayor Sam Liccardo to discuss options for improving the city’s state of affordable housing after a recent report revealed that just 20 percent of San Jose’s annual goal was met in 2017. Liccardo submitted a memo that recommended, among other things, that the Council discuss no later than April whether the city should formally initiate a regional push for a weighted impact fee that would charge any jurisdiction that approved commercial square footage without an adequate share of housing. The fee money would go into a multi-city pool for transportation improvement and low-income housing funding, Liccardo outlined in the memo.

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