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Recognizing Effects of No Growth

March 31, 1988

The California Supreme Court has recognized the regional effects of "no growth," observing that "municipalities are not isolated islands remote from the needs and problems of the area in which they are located." The state Supreme Court has said that an ordinance limiting or stopping growth in a municipality may be unreasonable.

The legislators have repeatedly voiced their concerns over the lack of housing available in California. The Legislature has designated the housing issue as of vital statewide importance. In fact, communities have the burden of proving that no-growth ordinances, including those enacted by initiative petition, meet the guidelines set forth by the court.

No-growth and slow-growth organizations such as San Gabriel's Citizens for Responsible Development are made up of "I got mine," and don't care about other people who need housing. By the year 2000, Southern California will have an additional 3 million senior citizens over 85 years of age. . . . Where are they going to live? Where are our children going to live?JAMES C. DICKSON

San Gabriel

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