The all-Democrat San Diego City Council recently faced backlash for blocking Mayor Todd Gloria’s housing reform package, with Council President Sean Elo-Rivera’s comments about the influence of development money in city legislation adding fuel to the fire. This decision has put a spotlight on the council’s approach to housing policy.
Elo-Rivera’s criticism of the perceived dominance of developers in shaping city policies has caused mixed responses. His comments, which emerged during a contentious debate over amendments to the housing package, reveal a growing tension between the council and development interests. Some view this stance as potentially hindering progress, given the essential role of developers in addressing San Diego’s housing challenges.