Prop JJJ is more than 10,000 words long and difficult to understand.
So we’ve simplified it for you by laying out the key claims
and the potential ramifications.
Sponsors say that Prop JJJ is needed to create affordable housing.
Prop JJJ would actually make our housing situation worse, increasing rents and pricing many first-time homebuyers further out of the market. Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys estimates that the workforce requirements of Prop JJJ alone would add as much as 23-30% to their cost of constructing affordable homes.
“These wage and local hire requirements could make it considerably more expensive for developers to build housing in Los Angeles, which seems counterproductive in a city with so great a need.”
– Los Angeles Times
“Measure JJJ could make L.A.’s housing crisis even worse. Vote no.”, Editorial Staff, September 27, 2016
Sponsors say that Prop JJJ will create jobs.
There is nothing in Prop JJJ that creates a single job. In fact, it is more likely that JJJ will cost jobs as the price of housing construction increases causing builders to construct fewer housing units. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what the sponsors wrote in August 2016: “Prop JJJ does not pretend to create new jobs…” Their statement is as true now as it was then. JJJ does not create new jobs and in fact it may cost workers their jobs as less housing is built.
Sponsors say Prop JJJ provides flexibility to allow the City Council to “adjust the affordable housing percentages.”*
It’s not flexibility—it’s a gaping loophole that would allow for the affordable housing elements to be scrapped entirely.
A Los Angeles Times Editorial points out: “Notably, the measure would allow the city to waive each of its mandates if they proved unworkable—except for the wage requirement.”
““[Measure JJJ] will never produce the kind of affordable housing its backers are promising…”
– Richard Riordan
“Misguided Build Better L.A. Initiative Allows City Council to Ignore Rules,” Preserve LA Press Release, May 16, 2016
Sponsors claim to support the idea of sustainable communities that have room for people and families of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
The best way to ensure the building of sustainable communities is to update the City’s planning documents, but JJJ contains no requirement for the City to update its General Plan or its 37 community plans. Instead JJJ would make it more difficult for the City to update such plans and could significantly limit where new housing could be built.*
“Union sponsored Initiative JJJ is not ready for prime time. It adds significantly to the cost of construction. There is no planning. It is overdevelopment on steroids. It does not respect our neighborhoods. It grants the City Council too much power. And it is an invitation for corruption.”
– Jack Humphreville
“Build Better LA Initiative: Affordable Housing Made More Unaffordable”, CityWatchLA.com, September 1, 2016
Proposition JJJ claims it will address problems Los Angeles is facing, however the proposed measure will make our problems worse. Help us prevent the potentially catastrophic implications of Prop JJJ and find a better, more sustainable plan for our city.
Vote no and make a difference.