The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to oppose Measure S, which will appear on the March 7 ballot in the City of Los Angeles.

Measure S would impose a two-year moratorium on residential and commercial developments that are denser or taller than developments allowed by current zoning codes and would prevent any future developments that require a general plan amendment. A recent analysis by Beacon Economics indicated that the moratorium could drain as much as $3.8 billion from the local economy and would cost thousands of jobs.

“Approaches to local development may be reasonably debated,” said Supervisor Kuehl, who was a co-author of the motion to oppose Measure S, “but Measure S is not reasonable. Los Angeles has a housing crisis, and passage of Measure S could result in higher rents, virtually halt the construction of affordable housing, and increase the number of men and women who are homeless. The measure could not be more poorly timed. The County is less than a full year into implementing its comprehensive initiative to end homelessness, and Measure S would significantly impede our progress.”

In opposing Measure S, the Board of Supervisors joined a broad coalition of planning experts, affordable housing and environmental advocates, and business and labor leaders. Earlier in the day, Mayor Garcetti also announced his opposition to Measure S.