The Likely Consequences of Measure S: Higher Housing Costs

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Michael Lens

Kate Traynor

Madeline Brozen

Herbie Huff

While there is no shortage of debate on Measure S, the public dialogue has been relatively uninformed about the likely consequences of the Measure. Our best assessment of the available research and data leads us to conclude that if the Measure passes, rents and property costs in the Los Angeles region are likely to rise faster than they are already. It is a problem that housing production in Los Angeles depends so much upon ad-hoc and discretionary processes, however, Los Angeles is in an increasingly dire housing affordability crisis, and the only real solution is to build more housing.