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Sacramento “trickle-down” housing proponents are trying to revive the divisive pre-COVID legislation SB 50 through a group of bad bills, the worst of which are SB 9 and SB 10. They both passed in the senate. Without your intervention — meaning you contacting your assembly member — many of the bad bills may become law this summer.
You can stop SB 10 and SB 9. Here’s how to set up a zoom with your Assemblymember:
- Reach out to your Legislator’s district office (the local office), stating your interest in having 10-15 or more constituents have a zoom with the legislator to discuss the upzoning bills.
- Get a commitment for a time. You may need to accept a time that isn’t great. Take it anyway.
- Offer to set up the Zoom meeting. Get the proper emails for the legislator and staff so you can send them the zoom invitation link.
Easy basics before the meeting!
- Reach out to gather 10 or more like-minded constituents, if you don’t already have a group.
- If necessary, expand your Zoom account to allow for more people if you expect a crowd or for the meeting to exceed 40 minutes.
- Set up one moderator to run the meeting.
- You’ll likely be given a time limit by the office. The legislator may run over that time.
- If possible, coordinate with your group to gather questions for the meeting
- Moderator introduces the Assemblymember and mentions good things they have done.
- Moderator describes SB 9 and SB10, and why residents are so concerned.
- Moderator or members read the best questions.
- Be respectful, but firm. Lay out concerns, and push back if not hearing what you want.
- Ask if Assemblymember will vote NO on SB 9 & SB 10.
Followup is great!
- Send a thank you for their time (as well as one to their staffers who set up or attended)
- Soon after, write them letters or call them urging a NO vote on SB 9 and SB 10
- Spread the word about how the meeting went and what the legislator said or promised.
You are the key to stopping these bills, written by legislators who believe that high-priced dense housing will “trickle-down” to those who cannot afford it.
This week, call and set a time to meet with your statd assembly member, or their district staffs via Zoom or the phone. If you ask, the legislator or their staff will very likely agree to speak/meet with you.
You haven’t seen SB 10 or SB 9 in the news. Our decimated media don’t cover Sacramento much. Yet these bills:
- ABANDON any effort to create affordable housing.
- KILL single-family zoning statewide.
- ALLOW HIGH-END complexes next to your homes.
- TARGET brown and Black areas with upheaval and destruction.
SB 9 (Let’s End Homeownership, by Toni Atkins and Scott Wiener) Crushes single-family zoning in California, a threat to 7 million homeowners at all income levels. Wiener has called yards and single-family homes “immoral.” SB 9 allows 4 market-rate homes where 1 home now stands (or up to 6 units, if developers use an obscure “two-step” that is allowed by this bill). SB 9 requires NO affordable units. It clearly opens all single-family streets to the unchecked, greedy and disruptive investor speculation pouring into the single-family-home market today. SB 9 is the beginning of the end of homeownership in California. It is the worst and most divisive bill of 2021. It’s lookalike bill in 2020, SB 1120, was the worst and most divisive bill of 2020.
SB 10 (14-Unit Buildings Everywhere, by Scott Wiener) Allows any city council to overturn voter-approved ballot measures that protect shorelines, farms and other lands — killing a 108-year-old California voter right. Equally horrifying, SB 10 allows any city council to rezone almost any parcel to allow 10-unit luxury apartments, plus 2 ADUs and 2 JADUs (granny flats), overriding all zoning including single-family and commercial. It invites the demolition and gentrification of older, diverse, multi-family and single-family areas. SB 10 requires NO affordable units. Like SB 9 — it’s ugly cousin — SB 10 opens neighborhoods to unchecked speculation.
Use the Legislative Portal to urge committees to oppose SB 9 and SB 10:
Even if you have sent letters opposing SB 9 and SB 10 to the Legislative Portal HERE, send new letters NOW because legislator will see your current letter before the crucial Assembly “floor” vote..
• You need two letters: one against SB 9, one against SB 10. PDF or Word.
• Letters from groups, even block clubs, have great impact: Create a name for yourselves that fits you.
• Craft a letter: Put your group name or logo, and address, at the top. You must sign the bottom.
• Points against SB 9 are here. Read up, but use your own words in your letter against SB 9.
• Points against SB 10 are here. Read up, but use your own words in your letter.
How to Use the State Portal:
• To request training or help with the Portal, email us NOW at: [email protected]
• Or watch this painless video on how to use The Portal and upload your letter. Once you’ve done it, it’s easy next time!