By Nick Waranoff, January 20, 2021: SB 9 Fact Sheet: Understanding the proposed up-zoning law that would end single-family zoning in California SB 9 would allow 8 units where there is now one lot (one parcel). A city, however, would not be required to approve more than 6 units. Here is how this would happen.
Most journalists believed that SB 1120, California’s banner housing bill for 2020, was a modest “duplex” bill. SB 1120 failed because enough people realized it was a radical experiment to transform single-family homes into 8-unit market-rate rentals. (Google Earth photo above: SB 1120 would make single-family streets far more dense than these streets in the
In a meltdown Sacramento hasn't seen in years, state Senate boss Toni Atkins' gentrification and displacement bill, SB 1120, died early today — amidst shouting, legislators' mics cut off by enemies and other self-inflicted wounds. In the chaos, Atkins' entire "housing package" died, as bills ran into a legal deadline of 12:01 am, Sept. 1.
NEWS UPDATE: On Saturday Aug. 29, the California state senate APPROVED AB 725, cousin to SB 1120, in a split vote. Needing 21 votes, it got 23. An unfortunate outcome. Now the two houses will have a meeting called "concurrence" to work out lingering details. Then, the bill goes to Gov. Newsom. We hope
Attorney Robert Silverstein Video: Californians Face Disastrous Density in SB 1120, SB 902, SB 1085 & AB 725
He's great in court, and great on absurd housing bills that will drive up cost, harm the poor, and destroy thriving communities. Sound like a plan? Robert Silverstein weighs in with vivid criticisms.
Robert Silverstein Video on SB 1120: A Radical Bill to Densify All Single-Family Streets, Harming 8M Homeowners
Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins is going the wrong direction, with her dream to jam four pricey market-rate units where one house is now. Stripping California of yards, garages, setbacks and home ownership is a disastrous recipe only a huge corporate rental investor like Irvine Company could love.
It sounds far-fetched, but SB 902 is "greased" for approval in California state Senate committees. Yet it contains a major anti-democracy clause that went unnoticed due to its original convoluted wording: It empowers cities and counties to UNDO voter-enacted citizen initiatives that restrict land use — to make way for 10-unit luxury apartments. This bill
Bullet Point Analysis — Reasons to Oppose SB 902 (Wiener), the “Attack on Democratic Voting Rights” Bill It sounds far-fetched, but SB 902 is "greased" for approval in California state Senate committees. Yet it contains a major anti-democracy clause that went unnoticed due to its original convoluted wording: It empowers cities and counties to UNDO
AB 725 was written for Bay Area Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks by YIMBY California, a well-heeled group opposed to single-family homes and yards. AB 725 is a de facto, massive up-zoning of thousands of working-class and middle-class California streets — to destroy family homes and make way for pricey apartments. This disastrous ultra-density bill requires
Senate Bill 902, authored by the home-and-yard hating state Sen. Scott Wiener, is even worse than his SB 50 neighborhood-bulldozing bill, which we all worked to kill TWICE. And SB 902 is far worse than Wiener's demolition derby bill SB 827, which we all worked hard to successfully kill in 2018. SB 902 requires no