High-rise apartments stripped from controversial California housing bill

A closely watched bill to force California cities to allow high-rise apartment buildings near public transit has been downsized.

The changes to Senate Bill 827, announced one week before the proposal’s first committee meeting, would knock down the minimum heights from eight stories to five in the quarter mile surrounding transit hubs — and from five stories to four slightly further away. In another key change, the bill also now requires an affordable housing component for many projects,...

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