Measure S Would Even Ban 100% Affordable Housing Projects

Again and again, proponents of Measure S have claimed that 100% affordable projects would be exempt from their ban. Their one-page fact sheet says it explicitly: “Exempted will be 100% affordable housing projects.” Yet again, this is patently false, and it’s a big part of the reason that every single affordable housing developer and homelessness organization is opposed to Measure S.

The fact is, Measure S exempts some affordable housing projects—those requesting a zone change or a height district variance—but not those asking for a general plan amendment: those are permanently banned. And importantly, it’s the general plan amendment that is typically required for affordable housing and permanent supportive housing (for the homeless) projects to go forward.

On January 31st, Mayor Garcetti and representatives from the broad coalition opposing Measure S held a press conference at Casa Heiwa, a 100% affordable housing development built in 1996 that required a general plan amendment to be constructed. This is a project that, without qualification, would not have been able to be built if Measure S had been in effect. And Casa Heiwa is more a rule than an exception.

Recently, the city identified a dozen sites that they owned throughout LA that could be used for affordable and homeless housing development. They concluded that if Measure S were in effect, all but one could not go proceed: on just these 11 sites, there is the potential to build up to 742 affordable and permanent supportive homes. If Measure S is approved, none can be built. Freelance GIS analyst and cartographer Mehmet Berker visualized the impact of Measure S on affordable housing development in an article at Urbanize.LA.

What’s most frustrating is that the supporters of Measure S know this, but they’ve been comfortable lying to the voters in order to assuage their concerns about affordable housing production. We strongly encourage you to listen to what the experts are saying—particularly affordable housing and homeless housing developers. Call out the Yes on S campaign for their misrepresentations, and vote No on Measure S this March.


You can find more rebuttals to Measure S lies and misrepresentations below: