Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Los Angeles City Council opposes bills for multi-family housing in single-family areas

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council passed resolutions on August 18 opposing two California Senate bills that were introduced to help the state’s housing crisis, but critics say would worsen the situation .

Resolutions introduced by Councilman Paul Koretz opposed Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) and Senate Bill 10 (SB 10).

SB9, introduced by Sen. Tony Atkins, D-San Diego, and Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would allow zones for single-family dwellings of up to four units, opponents say. The measure would also allow two additional ancillary housing units, or “grandmother’s flats”.

Senate Bill 10, introduced by Wiener, allows the approval of multi-family buildings with 10 market-rate units, as well as potentially four “grandmother’s flats” as well as multiple single-family buildings. The houses are zoned.

“SB 9 and 10 is the third annual attempt by San Francisco Sen. Scott Weiner to dismantle local controls on multi-family and single-family zoning in the state of California. This council unanimously opposed essentially the same bill twice before. And we should do it again,” Koretz said.

Councilor Mike Bonin, who voted in support of the proposals, said that when he looked at the shortcomings of single-family zoning, he looked at which groups oppose and support the bills.

Bonin said, “I see who is behind[the bill]and who is opposing them and when I see affordable housing organizations here in Los Angeles saying it’s not for us, it worries me.” Is.”

Housing Is a Human Right, a division of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, came out in opposition to the bills and conducted a statewide survey that found 63 percent of Californians oppose SB9 and 67 percent oppose SB 10.

“There is no need for affordable housing or homeless housing, and given that we have 161,000 people who are homeless in the state of California, more than 60,000 in the county and over 40,000 in the city, it is absolutely unrealistic to have a housing production bill. will not provide for the homeless community or for those who are in dire need of affordable housing,” Susie Shannon, policy director for Housing Is a Human Right, said in a call to a city council meeting on August 18.

Asta Umoza of the Hyde Park Organizational Partnership for Empowerment called on the meeting to oppose Senate bills to potentially worsen the homelessness crisis.

“None of these bills promote any form of equity nor community stability and will only increase homelessness,” she said.

Councilman Gil Cedillo voted against both proposals, saying the Senate bills included opportunities for the city to address concerns.

“We must now act and act positively and build our toolbox so that we can take the necessary action to build housing,” Cedillo said.

Councilor Nitya Raman voted against the motion opposing Senate Bill 10.

“If we are going to tell Sacramento to stay out of its way when it comes to housing policies, then in Los Angeles, we have to be willing to do the work ourselves and the data we have right now indicates that. The fact is that we are not doing this,” Raman said.

She noted that the Los Angeles Department of City Planning told council members on August 17 that 71 percent of the residential area in Los Angeles is for single-family homes only, and that any new multi-family construction should be restricted to 29 percent of the residential area. to be limited to a percentage. city.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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