Palmer won, rolling back in the process not only L.A.’s very modest affordable-housing law but also all inclusionary zoning laws around the state. Moneyed interests learned their lesson: Instead of fighting local policy decisions, they could get Sacramento to strip cities of the power to make their own laws. The perverse result is check it out that too many local officials have been shielded from responsibility. In Los Angeles, for example, officials no longer have to wrestle with whether to adopt citywide inclusionary zoning.
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