In the wake of Google's announcement this week that it will spend $1 billion tackling the Bay Area's housing crisis, one California lawmaker wants more information from the tech giant.
Longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday saying "any information you are able to provide about this investment is much appreciated."
On Tuesday, Google announced it would help build some 20,000 homes across the region in the coming years, including spending $750 million to construct housing on its own land. The investment is the largest by a single tech company aimed at addressing the Bay Area's housing challenges.
But the company offered few details about where exactly it plans to build and how it will grapple with challenges, such as rezoning land currently slated for industrial or commercial uses to residential.
"Specifically, I would like to know whether or not Google will use existing land it owns or if it (will) buy up additional commercial or industrial space," Feinstein wrote. "Does Google intend to coordinate with local officials in identifying land parcels to purchase?"
In addition to building housing, Google also said it would direct another $50 million toward organizations who work with homeless people, which prompted more questions from the senator.
"(I)s there a particular approach that Google is interested in investing in -- such as navigation centers or broader efforts to focus on comprehensive, supportive services?" Feinstein wrote, urging Pichai to contact her office.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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