Mayor pitches housing funds

first_img Thompson noted that Schwarzenegger already has a separate proposal pending aimed at reducing homelessness. The governor also is willing to entertain discussions on the issue, she said. “Right now he’s open to talking to everyone about what they see as their region’s needs because the best way to craft a policy is to try to have some consensus about it,” Thompson said. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Villaraigosa said he did not ask the governor for any specific commitments to Los Angeles but spoke to him to advocate the importance of the bond including funds for Los Angeles. He also said he advocated rewarding communities like Los Angeles County that have already put forward their own funds through bond measures and sales tax increases for infrastructure improvements. Nuez, who has said he would like to scale down the governor’s proposal to a $68 billion series of bonds, agreed with the need for more affordable housing. “With all the discussion surrounding the infrastructure bonds that we have been negotiating and debating here in Sacramento, we believe that an infrastructure plan that does not include housing is like a road that you build to nowhere,” Nuez said. Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson said the governor agrees affordable housing is an important issue in California. SACRAMENTO – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wrapped up a trip to Sacramento on Wednesday with a pitch to the state’s top elected leaders for more affordable housing to be included in the massive infrastructure proposal under debate in the Capitol. Villaraigosa met with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, to talk about including a fair share of funds for Los Angeles in the $222 billion statewide infrastructure package and to include elements for funding affordable housing. Villaraigosa’s trip coincided with visits to the Capitol by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzalez. “There is a consensus among the mayors that we need more housing, we need public transportation, we need smart growth,” Villaraigosa said. “We need an investment in the infrastructure that addresses the needs of big cities in the state.” last_img

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