Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) joined the BPC Government Affairs Committee this month to discuss some of the most important climate change, transportation, and land use issues facing the Bay Area. The Senator briefed committee members on his bill SB 69 (The Ocean Resiliency Act of 2019), which seeks to improve water quality by reducing land-based sources of pollutants that acidify oceans, restore ocean habitats that sequester greenhouse gas emissions, and protect keystone species to maintain biodiversity.
He also emphasized that another important way to address climate change is to put housing closer to transit and jobs, thus dramatically reducing auto emissions from long commutes. His bill SB 50 would do just that: allow for higher-density development near transit hubs and employment centers. It represents one of the most ambitious bills to address the state’s severe housing crisis. California’s housing deficit is estimated at 3.5 million, which is greater than the other 49 states combined. Sen. Wiener also touched on opportunities to strenghten our regional transportation system, including investing in High Speed Rail and supporting the growth of new mobility services to fill gaps in the public transit systems. Thank you to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP for hosting this important meeting.