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With deadline looming, Becker bills on privacy, clean energy advance in state Senate

Original post made on Jun 2, 2023

State Sen. Josh Becker stood apart from most of his Democratic colleagues this week when he opted not to support this year's most contentious housing bill, SB 423, which streamlines the review process for new residential developments.

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Posted by CyberVoter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 2, 2023 at 12:01 pm

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Abstaining show NO guts! If he believes his words he would vote NO! How did Berman vote!

The residents in their districts deserve to know their positions on destroying their Bay Area communities!!!

Posted by Betsy Roble
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 5, 2023 at 7:23 am

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Perhaps a little credit to Senator Becker for going against a very powerful tide in the California Senate? It took a lot of 'guts' to not vote in lock-step with the rest of the caucus seeking to destroy local control and communities.

Some praise for Mr. Becker is in order. If more would abstain, then the pathway for No votes becomes available.

Assemblyman Berman did not vote as it was a Senate Bill, not an Assembly Bill.

Posted by Tecsi
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2023 at 4:21 pm

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@CyberVoter, abstaining is an effective No vote. Reps are the ones who can vote No with impunity against Dem bills. Dems typically vote No with an abstain.

Berman voted Aye, as he does on every housing bill.

Posted by Ronen
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 11, 2023 at 9:19 pm

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Since the bill passed, I’m willing to keep an open mind.

We need a lot more housing in this state and I won’t vote for NIMBY supporters. Local control is code for NIMBY.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 12, 2023 at 8:33 am

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And state control is code for progressive, socialist nonsense. Supported by people that are more than willing to spend other people's money.

Posted by Private citizen
a resident of Laurel School
on Jun 13, 2023 at 7:33 am

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When the dust settles, our progressive council is placing the predominance of said affordable housing in “not their backyards” but in the backyards of residents east of Middlefield. A third category is born: “Yes, in *your* backyard”. Along Middlefield, “affordable” rentals will accompany even more office space and ‘at market rate ‘ housing — but not in their backyards.

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