With the Legislature’s return weeks away, and some bills already introduced, this paper--after first providing background on some other issues affecting housing production--will focus on what local governments can expect in 2021.
Yesterday marked the end of an election unlike any we have seen, with over 100 million Americans voting prior to the Nov. 3 election day. President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned until the very end to sway those remaining undecided voters.
Nine of the measures on the California ballot this November, if approved, will have financial and policy impacts on local government revenues and operations in the following areas: property taxes, criminal justice reform, voting eligibility, rent control, affirmative action and the ‘gig’ economy.
In an instant the State went from a thriving economy to shuttered businesses, mandated lockdowns and a projected 54-billion-dollar state budget deficit. This brought upon an unprecedented legislative session with even the most seasoned political professionals working to navigate the unknown.