ACT NOW to Stop AB 1279, “Punish the Middle Class”
Assembly Bill 1279 (Richard Bloom): Please alert your state senator that AB 1297 is based on a punishing concept in which certain middle-class areas will be deemed by the state to be “High Resource Areas” and will be targeted by this bill with transformation to dense luxury rental communities.
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Please OPPOSE AB 1279.
This radical bill by Assemblyman Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, a Scott Wiener ally, will allow up to 120-unit apartment buildings in your residentially zoned neighborhoods if your city failed to reach an arbitrary goal called the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, or RHNA.
Never heard of it? Neither have most journalists, most academics and many legislators. Here’s why you should OPPOSE Bloom’s AB 1279:
More than 400 California cities have failed to approve enough housing units at the “target” rate set by regional housing officials, known as the Regional Housing Needs Assessment. This RHNA target was created as a helpful way for Sacramento to help cities guess how much housing they’d need in the next several years.
Today, thanks to state Sen. Wiener and others, this tool has been weaponized. It now punishes cities who don’t grow fast, even if developers don’t propose projects there and want to build elsewhere.
Under Bloom’s AB 1279, unsuspecting residents of lower-middle-class and middle-class “Opportunity Areas” – yet to be mapped by state bureaucrats — would see their communities upended.
AB 1279 allows 50-units per ¼ acre and 120-units per ½ acre, Within all existing residential areas, from single-family homes to mixed-use shopping districts. It’s unfair and punitive — and requires no affordable units. Developers can pay a modest “in lieu fee” to avoid offering a single affordable unit in these huge projects.
Please oppose AB 1279.