Gómez Received Tens of Thousands of Dollars from Developers After Mayor Falconer’s Veto of Her Housing Proposal. [, Georgette Gomez, 7/1/19-6/30/20

July 2019, Voice of San Diego Headline: “Builders Panic as Council Prez Pushes Forward With Affordable Housing Changes.” “Council President Georgette Gómez has listened to the development industry’s vociferous opposition to her signature policy initiative and has settled on a simple response. She’s not changing anything.” [Voice of San Diego, 7/25/19

In September 2019, Mayor Faulconer Vetoed Gómez’s Housing Plan. “Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced today that he will veto a controversial set of amendments to the city's regulations on what percentage of a housing development's units must be reserved for low- and moderate-income tenants. The San Diego City Council held a second vote Tuesday to ratify the amendments after tentatively approving them at the end of July. However, the amending ordinance still needed Faulconer's signature. Both votes were 5-4 and the council would need at least six votes to override Faulconer's veto. In his veto announcement, Faulconer said continuing to work with the council to combat the city's affordable housing crisis would remain a top priority.” [City News Service, 9/20/19]

In December 2019, City Council Approved a Revised Inclusionary Housing Amendments with 7-2 Vote. “The San Diego City Council tentatively voted 7-2 today to approve a revised set of amendments to the city's regulations on the percentage of a housing development's units that must be reserved for low- and middle-income tenants. The amendments to the city's inclusionary housing regulations would require developers to lease 10% of developments with 10 or more rental units at or below 60% of the county area median income for a family of four, which the San Diego Housing Commission and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development calculate at $86,300. In addition, developments with units for sale would be required to make 10% of them available for a family of four making at or below 100% of the AMI, or 15% for a family of four making at or below 120% of the AMI. Developers would also have options to build the requisite affordable units at a separate site, albeit with fewer incentives.” [City News Service, 12/10/19]

Gómez “Softened Some Requirements After a Previous Version Faced Strong Opposition from Developers and the Business Community.” “Council President Georgette Gómez, who has spearheaded efforts behind the new policy, softened some requirements after a previous version faced strong opposition from developers and the business community. The previous version was approved by the council 5-4 last summer, but it couldn't take effect because Mayor Kevin Faulconer vetoed it. Tuesday's 7-2 vote prevents a successful veto because the council can override vetoes with six votes.” [San Diego Union Tribune, 12/11/19

The Business Community Said the Original Version was a “Tax on Builders” but the New Version was an Improvement. [San Diego Union Tribune, 12/10/19]

NBC7: In the New Ordinance, “Developers Can Charge Renters More For Low-Income Housing.” “This year’s new ordinance changed several things that prevented its approval last year. Developers can charge renters more for low-income housing. Developers need to set aside 10% of their housing units for families earning 60% of the median income, whereas last year’s income level was 50%.” [NBC7, 12/10/19

Councilman Sherman Said He Expects the New Policy to Prompt Developers to Raise Rents on the Units in Their Projects that Aren’t Subject to the New Policy’s Requirements, Hurting the Middle Class Renters. “Sherman said he expects the new policy to prompt developers to raise rents on the units in their projects that aren’t subject to the new policy’s requirements, hurting middle-class renters.” [San Diego Union Tribune, 12/11/19]

The Compromise Proposal Requires Developers to Make 10 Percent of Units in a Project Affordable to Families Who Make 60 Percent of the Median Income--The Previous Version of the Bill Required the Threshold to Be 50 Percent, So “Switching to 60 Percent is a Significant Compromise.” “The compromise proposal would require developers to make 10 percent of the units in a housing project affordable to families who make 60 percent of the median income, a tougher standard than the current 65 percent. The previous proposal had required the income threshold to be 50 percent, so switching to 60 percent is a significant compromise.” [San Diego Union Tribune, 12/11/19]

The Compromise Phases the Requirements in Over Five Years Instead of Three, and Allows Projects to “Follow the Older, Less Aggressive Policy if City Planning Officials Have Deemed a Project Application ‘Complete’ by July 2020. “Gómez has also agreed to phase the requirement in over five years instead of three, and to allow projects to follow the older, less aggressive policy if city planning officials have deemed a project application "complete" by the time the new legislation takes effect..” [San Diego Union Tribune, 12/10/19]

Build Better San Diego, a Progressive Coalition, Said the New Policy “Won’t Help the Middle-Income San Diegans Who Spend More than 30 Percent of Their Income on Housing.” “The only local organization expressing opposition Tuesday was the Build Better San Diego Coalition, a progressive coalition that lobbies for lower- and middle-income housing. Group spokesman Joe LaCava said the new policy won’t help the middle-income San Diegans who spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.” [San Diego Union Tribune, 12/11/19]

Build Better San Diego Spokesperson Said the City’s Approach “Relies Too Much On the Private Sector.” “Group spokesman Joe LaCava said the new policy won’t help the middle-income San Diegans who spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. He also said the city’s approach relies too much on the private sector. “We cannot and should not rely on private landowners, investors or home builders to solve the housing crisis,” he said. “The housing crisis is a social problem the government must step up to solve.” [San Diego Union Tribune, 12/11/19]

Build Better San Diego Spokesperson Said the Legislation “Really Would Not Fundamentally Make a Difference in Affordability in Our City.” “"We were opposed to this because we thought it was too much of a compromise,” said Joe LaCava with the Build Better San Diego Coalition. “Too much time and effort had really been spent on crafting language that really would not fundamentally make a difference in affordability in our city."” [NBC7, 12/10/19