(The above photo of Redondo Beach’s “Tall and Skinnies” shows how SB 9 and SB 10 would decimate yards and overrun single-family streets. But the dense 4-plexes in the photo above are half the density allowed by SB 9 and SB 10, which would jam 8 to 10 market-rate units on the lots depicted above, no yards, no garages.)
March 8, 2021
Bay Area and San Diego legislators are leading an attack on single-family zoning, reintroducing failed 2020 bills renamed SB 10 and SB 9. Bay Area legislator Scott Wiener repeatedly alludes to homeowners as elitists protecting yards and perpetuating redlining. He does not represent large areas of Black or Latino homeowners, and his ill-informed views threaten to force invasive urban renewal and market-rate density on Southern California and other highly diverse parts of the state.
In Los Angeles County alone, Black and Latino homeowners number in the millions and many have fought against redlining. Now, they must face developer-backed state legislators. In Greater L.A., 36 heavily Black, Latino/Black and Latino suburbs and urban areas house 1.4 million people, 45% of whom live in homes they own, the average ownership rate across L.A County.
If SB 9 and SB 10 become law, Greater L.A.’s most diverse working-class and middle-class homeowner areas will face an existential threat from developers, speculators and rental giants.
South L.A. has more than two dozen neighborhoods (L.A. Times “Mapping LA” data) with significant homeownership. The surrounding, highly diverse suburbs bring to at least 36 the number of cities and communities in Greater L.A. with substantial Black and Latino homeownership (L.A. Times “Mapping LA” Black Neighborhood List). As the below list is not exhaustive, the number is likely higher.
There is simply nothing like this breadth of homeowner diversity in Wiener’s district. In recent decades, market-rate density and low wages have driven many people of color out of San Francisco. Yet SoCal‘s vast Latino and Black homeowner areas are treated as non-existent by Wiener Inc. He slams homeowners as elites who take up space that Wiener thinks should contain 6-unit to10-unit market-rate rental projects without garages or yards for families. Few of the market-rate units produced by SB 9 and SB 10, if put on the market, would cost less than $620K. That’s the average price of homes sold in South L.A. in January of 2021 (Redfin).
[The below compilation is a project of volunteer urban planners and researchers at Livable California, livablecalifornia.org]
The Black, Latino and Latino/Black homeowner suburbs and communities of Greater LA
These 36 communities, well-located for speculators, investors and rental giants, face potential upheaval and demise under SB 9 and SB 10
|1||View Park-Windsor Hills (unincorporated)||Population 11K
|2||Gramercy Park||Population 10K
|3||Leimert Park||Population 12K
|4||Manchester Square||Population 12K
|5||Ladera Heights (unincorporated)||Population 7K
|6||Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw||Population 30K
|7||Hyde Park||Population 37K
|8||Chesterfield Square||Population 6K
|9||West Compton (unincorporated)||Population 6K
|10||Athens (unincorporated)||Population 9K
|11||Harvard Park||Population 11K
|12||Inglewood (a city)||Population 112K
|13||Vermont Vista||Population 24K
|14||Willowbrook (unincorporated)||Population 35K
|15||Green Meadows||Population 28K
|16||Vermont Square||Population 46K
|17||West Adams||Population 22K
|18||Compton (a city)||Population 95K
|19||Downey (a city)||Population 108K
|23||Norwalk (a city)||Population 104K
|24||South Whittier (unincorporated)||Population 56K
|26||Santa Fe Springs (a city)||Population 12K
|27||El Monte (a city)||Population 116K
|28||Paramount (a city)||Population 56K
|29||Montebello (a city)||Population 62K
|30||Pico Rivera (a city)||Population 64K
|South Gate (a city)||Population 97K
|32||Commerce (a city)||Population 12K
|33||Lynwood (a city)||Population 70K
|34||Carson (a city)||Population 89K
|35||Altadena (unincorporated)||Population 43K