March 6, 2022 Livable California on March 5 presented to its members a quick look at the 28 most worrisome/most promising laws under consideration by the California State Legislature for 2022 , including a few bills still alive from 2021. Our statewide membership, which is made up of city officials, community organizations, environmental advocates, homeowner
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 signatures
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
(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
(SOAR Photo) Jan. 9, 2021 (updated July 8, 2021) SB 10 does two things: First, it lets city councils overturn voter-approved ballot measures that protect from overdevelopment local farmland, urban boundaries, shorelines, canyons — or that protect neighborhoods from overdevelopment by enacting height limits or other concepts. Second, SB 10 allows hundreds of cities
April 15, 2021 • SB 6 Brings back the failed SB 1385. Empowers developers to override cities, buying and destroying stores and businesses to build dense market-rate housing. SB 6 targets commercial buildings that have had vacancy problems for 3 years, a gentrification slapdown harming businesses just starting to recover, such as in Crenshaw in South
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! 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