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
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LA Times
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Beach Reporter
tbrnews.com
[Once there, click on “Opinion” then “”Submit a Letter” to get direct submission form.]

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