California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to end state executions will save more than 700 murderers in dense cell blocks on death row, but his housing plan will put hundreds of thousands of people into dense housing blocks below the structurally unsafe Whittier Narrows Dam southeast of Los Angeles.
Both of Newsom’s plans are likely to be contested. California voters passed Proposition 66 in 2016, which was supposed to speed up the death penalty, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will not approve any construction projects below the dam until repairs are completed sometime after 2021.
A recent analysis by the Corps says atmospheric rivers caused by climate change could unleash floodwaters below the dam from Pico Rivera to Long Beach, killing millions of people living in affordable housing tracts.
“No civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the discriminatory execution of its people,” the Democratic governor told a crowd outside the Capitol.
But it was misguided “urban sprawl” policies from the 1990s that caused the current housing crisis and killed thousands of homeless people. And Newsom’s “affordable housing” crackdown is likely to kill millions.
The governor recently announced that he will force leaders of 45 California cities to find the “political courage” to build their fair share of housing even if it is in a mega flood zone threatened by climate change.
Newsom’s working-family hit list includes 15 cities in Los Angeles County and six in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties that have failed to obey his affordable housing diktat.
An adoring crowd outside the Capitol praised Newsom’s plans by chanting “from the river to the sea, affordable housing will be free” and “end state executions now.”