SAN JOSE SHOULD COUNTER DISPLACEMENT BY COMPLYING WITH THE STATE’S SURPLUS LAND ACT
Public Advocates and co-counsel filed a lawsuit in state court on July 21, 2016, against the City of San José on behalf of two San José residents and two non-profit housing advocacy organizations, charging that a policy the City passed to spur development of mostly high-rise luxury housing on public land in San José’s downtown violates California’s Surplus Land Act (SLA). The Act requires cities to prioritize public land for affordable housing that they sell or lease. The Surplus Land Act was intended by state lawmakers to ensure that all California cities do their part to address the state’s affordable housing crisis. San José has faced its own affordability crisis with the average monthly rent for a 2-bedroom apartment reaching $2,792, affordable only to renters making $54 per hour or nearly $112,000 annual salary.
Anderson, et al. v. City of San Jose
San Jose surplus land policy
Letter to the City demanding compliance with the Surplus Land Act (April 21, 2016):