AB 2011 could be the worst bill of 2022 for taking away local control! AB 2011 was a gut and amend that created a massive new bill on April 18th It requires ministerial approval of construction across a broad category of zones – including office, retail, and parking. AB 2011 is a massive state taking of flexibility
January 4, 2022 Jovita Mendoza is a first-year elected city council member in the Northern California town of Brentwood. She is one of the five formal proponents of the "Our Neighborhood Voices Initiative" who are working hard to find the donor financing needed to meet the huge cost of gathering more than 1 million
Google Image of Redondo Beach, one of the West's most dense cities at 10,623 people per sq mile. December 10, 2021 Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand in a Dec. 9 interview on NPR affiliate KCRW outflanked Los Angeles Times reporter Liam Dillon, who openly defends the hated anti-homeowner law SB 9. In a riveting discussion
California cities are rushing to set rational rules for an expected wave of development via SB 9, the outrageous state law that overrides single-family housing on Jan. 1, 2022 to allow multiple-unit market-rate projects on 7 million single-family lots. SB 9 is deaf to the vast environmental and economic damage to come, when California homeownership
Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand Leads Effort to Wrest City Planning Control from the State of California
November 2021 By Ryan McDonald and Mark McDermott/Photography by JP Cordero (This story first appeared on Nov. 12, 2021 in Easy Reader. Republished here with approval of the authors.) Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand visited the State Capitol building in Sacramento in early 2018 to meet with state legislators about the numerous efforts underway to
Oct. 12, 2021 Senate Bill 9 ends single-family zoning to allow four homes where one now stands. It was signed by Gov. Newsom, backed by 73 of 120 legislators and praised by many media. Yet a respected pollster found 71% of California voters oppose SB 9. During the 2021 firestorms, SB 9 sailed through approvals.
August 31, 2021 SB 478 sets a statewide standard on 3-unit to 10-unit projects proposed in multi-family zoning districts, by eliminating a city’s minimum lot size standards. This bill also bans a city from requiring a FAR of less than 1.0 for a 3- to 7-unit project, or 1.25 for a 7- to 10-unit project.
(Photo: Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez) August 18, 2021 - The Los Angeles City Council voted today to officially oppose SB 9 and SB 10 in a morning session in which they piled withering criticisms on the bills by state Sen. President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and state Sen. Scott Wiener. The Los
July 10, 2021 Under SB 9, all but a handful of extremely remote places in California will escape the "urban" sprawl allowed by this bill. The same is true of SB 10, which exempts only a handful of small villages from reckless upzoning. Find your endangered village, town or city below on the List
July 9, 2021 [Letter sent by Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz urging Californians to call their Assemblymember NOW!] Dear Friends and Neighbors, IT’S NOW OR NEVER! Are we going to stand idly by and let the Big Developers convince the state legislature to destroy our single-family neighborhoods, create parking nightmares and make it even