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.
SB 10 Would Let California City Councils Upend Voter-Protected Lands for Development: SB 10 Fact Sheet
(SOAR Photo) Jan. 9, 2021, SB 10 does two things: It lets a simple majority on a city council overturn voter-approved ballot initiatives that protect open space and land, or that protect neighborhoods on such issues as height limits. SB 10 would also allows cities to approve 10-unit market-rate apartments almost anywhere, regardless of zoning.
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! Sunday Aug 30: Growing opposition to SB 1120 led to a delay by the Assembly in voting on the bill. We think state Senate boss Toni Atkins didn't have enough votes to it passed by the Assembly on Sunday! Atkins and her closest ally Wiener have been unable to get enough votes
To get your letter opposing a bad bill read by the most powerful committee, you must use the State Portal, a Byzantine, bizarre barrier to reaching key legislators. So LEARN IT here. Using The Portal is crucial.
The biased Los Angeles Times won't explain, but we will: $1.5B annually was taken from cities who used it to build low-income and moderate-income housing. Our affordability crisis is explained in this highly readable study of the biggest thing, by far, that's gone wrong.
If the rumors are true in these last days of February — rumors swirling through Sacramento and among leaders in many cities — that the divisive, accusatory and arrogant state Sen. Scott Wiener has lost his pull with state legislators, we are proud to put forth positive ideas that create a framework for housing bills
A game-changing study has found that California's urban areas are fast-approving too much luxury housing, under rules set by the legislature, and most urban areas will hit or far surpass the state's overall housing targets for 2025. Yet this month, and again this summer, we expect state Sen. Scott Wiener to try to upzone California's
In 2020, all California cities face an existential battle to save their livability, affordability and environment from state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, and his dozen or so hardcore followers in the legislature, who embrace Wiener’s failed theory that building dense luxury housing will “trickle down” to the rest of us. LivableCalifornia.org is a