Density: Days of Decision

Lawmakers from the San Francisco/Bay Area have decided that they know better than our local officials, how our zoning laws and housing should be handled. As a result, over the past two years, there’s been a push to gut the CEQA (Environmental) and local zoning controls that are currently, have been, and MUST remain, in the hands of each City.

Our representatives head back to Sacramento Monday, and begin to vote on a slate of bills that will remove local controls. Unfortunately, these bills are being presented under the pretext of fixing the affordable housing and homelessness crisis; but they do nothing of the sort!  In fact, some of them even reduce the required numbers of affordable units developers must include in order to get density bonuses and height breaks. (One of the bills even allows rescinding of voter-approved ballot measures, some as old as 108-years!)
These bills remove open space requirements, parking space minimums, height restrictions, and single-family zoning, all challenged by state Senator Scott Weiner (SF).
Here’s a great article that sums up the overreach problem very well.

For an overview on the 9 Worst Bills, see LivableCalifornia.org (ACT NOW page). You’ll be able to get a synopsis of the worst bills there:
SB 1120, SB 902, SB 995, SB 1085, AB 725, AB 1279, AB 2345, AB 3040, AB 3107. You’ll also be able to click on one link, and instantly have a letter of opposition sent to the appropriate lawmaker of each bill.

Time is of the essence! Because virtually all news coverage has been on the life and death issues of CoVid, and the hugely important protests, Legislators are able to fly under the radar, with folks understandably more focused on saving lives and livelihoods.

Please WRITE and/or CALL TODAY!  Once these bills get passed, it will likely be too late for our Cities to have the power to do anything about it!

Senator Ben Allen
(310) 318-6994
Ben.Allen@sen.ca.gov

Assembly member Al Muratsuchi
(310) 375-0691
Al.Muratsuchi@asm.ca.gov

Daily Breeze
letters@dailybreeze.com
[Please provide your name, city and telephone number (telephone numbers will not be published).  Letters of about 200 words will be given preference. Letters will be edited for length, grammar and clarity.]

LA Times
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/submit-letter-to-the-editor
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Beach Reporter
tbrnews.com
[Once there, click on “Opinion” then “”Submit a Letter” to get direct submission form.]

Weigh in on Higher Density

On Friday, our CA State Senator Ben Allen will vote on the latest in the long line of zoning changes that will be terrible for our City and our State.

SB 902 is yet another terrible zoning bill that diminishes local control of our own cities.  Call him at (310) 318-6994 to say, “VOTE NO on SB 902.”

SB 902 allows nullification of already-approved voter initiatives in order to open up protected lands and shorelines, all for San Francisco Senator Weiner’s dream of 10-unit luxury apartments almost everywhere.

Under SB 902, municipalities would be empowered to undo decades of voter-enacted citizen initiatives that restrict land use. This anti-democracy clause went unnoticed for months, due to the complex wording.

This does nothing towards gaining AFFORDABLE HOUSING. All it does is take away our rights as voters!

For text of Senate Bill 902, click here.

CALL Sen Allen TODAY at (310) 318-6994 and and say NO to SB 902!

(And then, tell 20 of your friends to do the same!)

A Trying Time

Dear RHA Members and Riviera Residents,

Well, not quite sure where to begin this note…

While life (apparently) goes on, it sort of feels like nothing has meaning until we get thru this surreal experience.

That said, there are clearly situations that affect us all, that we assume you’ll want to be kept aware of.

While we have no new info about things like the Butcher-Solano or Legado developments (yes, our government has deemed that building is an essential job, and must continue), other issues will have an even more immediate impact on your daily life.

It seems unlikely that the Riviera Homeowners Assn. will be able to hold a final general meeting in what would traditionally be before the end of the school year. And so, it’s even more important than ever before for us to be able to communicate with residents, quickly, efficiently.

This is a great time to verify your email address, so we don’t have to rely on mailing a printed copy of a newsletter or bulletin to your home. Not only will that save the RHA expenses that can be better spent on other things (college scholarships, anyone?), but it will get information to you in a far more timely matter.  And, if we’ve learned nothing else, things are happening very quickly!

If you are getting this notice by email, please forward it to interested friends and family. To subscribe to the RHA blog on our home page HollywoodRiviera.org – enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

Please stay at home, to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe and healthy. Talk to you soon!

RHA Board of Directors


Covid-19 resources:


Big announcements from Torrance and Redondo Beach

As of today, both Torrance and Redondo Beach have announced closures of beach and Esplanade parking, walkways, trails, playgrounds, beach access points, and park sites.

Street Sweeping and parking

As of March 16th, Street Sweeping and parking enforcement in the City of Torrance is temporarily suspended until further notice.
Please work with your neighbors if additional street parking is creating issues.

Torrance was Hacked

In case you haven’t heard, Torrance was hit by a city-wide computer attack on March 1st. As a result, they’ve had to make many changes, so in order to access all necessary postings, up-to-date changes, etc, please visit https://www.cityoftorranceca.com/

CoVid 19 Test Location

If you feel you have symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection, and no other current health care provider, give Make You Well Urgent Care and Family Practice a call at 424-292-4060
You can be tested and treated for any symptoms you are experiencing. Make You Well is located at 23365 Hawthorne Blvd.
Their practice accepts all PPO insurances, and is in network with many HMO’s.  PLEASE CALL FIRST FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

Scholarship

We’re close to announcing our annual High School Senior Scholarships. Names will be posted on the hollywoodriviera.org website in the next couple of weeks, so check in with us there shortly!

We’re trying to get the most updated lists of store hours and restaurant rules, but the info keeps changing so rapidly. 

Stronger together – six feet apart!

Please do your part to STAY AT HOME and avoid unnecessary travel or close physical contact with your neighbors. Please DO reach out to your friends or neighbors for support via our miraculous electronic devices. Plant a garden, learn a language, finish that book or paint job – seize the day!

And just for fun…

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