Gov. Jerry Brown. State photo
Gov. Jerry Brown. State photo

Governor Jerry Brown Thursday announced his opposition to Measure S, the Los Angeles initiative that would halt some major construction projects and direct the City Council to update its plans that guide development.

“I join with all those who say Measure S goes too far,” Brown said Thursday.

Brown joins Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and several City Council members who have been vocal in their opposition to the measure.

Measure S on the March 7 ballot would halt all General Plan amendments — or special permission to developers known as “spot zoning” — for two years while the city updates its General Plan and community plans that guide neighborhood development.

Supporters of Measure S argue the city’s procedure of frequently granting spot zoning requests while its elected leaders routinely take campaign donations from developers creates a cozy relationship and leaves the impression that City Hall can be bought.

Garcetti has publicly expressed opposition to Measure S because he said it would limit the city’s ability to build affordable housing — which often requires General Plan amendments — and hurt the local economy.

The mayor has thrown his support behind a City Council motion that would require the city to update its 35 community plans — which guide what can and cannot be built in a neighborhood — every six years and ban developers from using their own environmental impact report consultants. Some of the plans have not been updated in more than 15 years.

Both of those changes are also sought by Measure S, although it would require community plans to be updated every five years.

“We’re not surprised Gov. Brown has come out swinging against Measure S. We say health and environmental safety must come first — families should not be placed in apartments built on seeping brown fields or jammed next to freeways sitting in an invisible river of toxins,” said Jill Stewart, manager for the Yes on S campaign, referring to Brown’s proposal to fast-track some developments that offer a number of affordable housing units.

“It’s an outrageous position for Gov. Brown. Join us in passing Measure S on March 7, to let the governor know this is not OK,” Stewart added.

— City News Service


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