Dave Jones for Attorney General
Incumbent Xavier Becerra has fiercely defended attacks from Trump’s Justice Department on California’s sovereignty. His accomplishments are laudable, and his experience on the job valuable.
However, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones largely takes the same positions, and adds a massive commitment: he’s vowed to enforce California’s housing laws when localities violate them, a critical part of addressing our housing shortage.
When asked via Twitter by Laura Clark, executive director of YIMBY Action, whether he would “commit to enforcing increasingly powerful state laws to ensure municipalities like Cupertino build their fair share of housing,” Jones said the following:
Yes. I brought lawsuits vs. cities & counties as legal aid lawyer for violating Housing Element laws & will sue them as AG for violations. I also authored stronger Housing Element [inclusion of housing in each jurisdiction’s general plan], fair share housing allocation, & affordable housing laws as an Assemblymember.
I will enforce our laws in an even-handed way, including those making sure that all localities plan for their fair share of housing for the homeless and all incomes.
Becerra says nothing about housing on his Issues page, and his California Justice Department has failed to act on this urgent issue.
That vacuum has left the task to nonprofit advocacy groups, or really just one: the California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA). CaRLA has successfully sued Berkeley, Lafayette, and Sausalito for unlawfully blocking housing projects, and is currently suing San Mateo.
Housing is an urgent issue, and ensuring cities build their share of it is well within the purview of the Justice Department. Dave Jones’s commitment to addressing this challenge, in addition to considerable general experience, makes him the right person for the job.