Jeanne Radsick, Bakersfield, President California Association of Realtors

Re: “Legislature should declare a moratorium on new housing bills,” April 13, 2020

For NIMBY groups wanting to stop legislation that would address California’s housing supply and affordability crisis, COVID-19 is sadly being used as a justification to preserve the status quo.

NIMBYs offer no solutions to California’s extreme housing shortage which has not suddenly disappeared. Realtors are proud to back housing bills that will lead to the creation of needed housing and will allow working families to purchase homes that will allow them to live closer to job-rich areas and transit.

We applaud the Legislature’s continued commitment to create policies that keep people safe during this difficult time. That is the highest priority. However, in order for California to recover and thrive going forward, expanded housing production and homeownership opportunities are essential.

California will beat COVID-19. Getting California going again will require a full court press of which housing is a necessary part. 

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