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Mayoral Candidates Agree: There Should Be More Housing in LA

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Now that they've solved all our transportation problems, the candidates running to replace Antonio Villaraigosa as LA's mayor later this year have turned their attention to housing, at a forum hosted by the Housing for a Strong Los Angeles coaltion on Friday night. Only the top three fundraisers--Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, and Jan Perry--were invited to this one, which sounds like it may not have been especially helpful to voters still trying to make up their minds. As the LA Times put it, "there were few, if any, disagreements." For instance, all three pledged to have a deputy mayor devoted to housing issues and "committed to restoring the city's Housing Trust Fund to $100 million." But there had to be a few differences, right?

Garcetti: In addition to promising to end homelessness in LA, City Councilmember Garcetti also said he'd try to get Sacramento to adopt an LA-specific tax credit, noting the gap between incomes and home prices in the city. Also on his list: more mixed-income housing, like the W Hollywood Residences, which has 20 percent of its units set aside for lower-income residents.

Perry: Councilmember Perry said she would use land use and zoning regulations and the mayor's appointments to the Metro board to increase affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods, and went all-in on building more infill residential units: "wherever we can find a bit of land on which to build, as mayor I would make sure that we grab it, and find a developer and build on it, and put people back into housing, and make sure that we do it intelligently."

Greuel: And finally, touting her experience as a former federal housing administrator, City Controller Greuel said she would expand the housing funding that the city receives, and then ensure accountability for how that money is spent. Greuel also said that she would pressure banks to allow those facing foreclosure to stay in their homes.

The primary will be held on March 5.
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