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California's Pro-Housing YIMBYs Are Making Their Move

The state’s lawmakers are getting serious about removing the most serious roadblock to building new affordable housing.
More of these, please: an unfinished apartment building under construction in Torrance, California.
More of these, please: an unfinished apartment building under construction in Torrance, California.Damian Dovarganes/AP

There’s no better example of the tyranny of the ballot measure than Article 34.

An amendment to the California state constitution passed by public referendum in 1950, Article 34 states that: “No low rent housing project shall hereafter be developed, constructed, or acquired in any manner by any state public body until, a majority of the qualified electors of the city, town or county … approve such project by voting in favor thereof at an election to be held for that purpose, or at any general or special election.”