|(Dec. 4, 2017, 9:45 a.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has obtained a copy of the Power Point pages used at a recent "League of CA Cities" briefing for officials from area cities (including Long Beach) on the impacts of recently enacted Sacramento housing bills. The Power Point slides indicate that League officials discussed SB 35 as well as a number of other Sacramento-enacted bills -- including AB 678, SB 166 and SB 167 -- that individually and collectively impact city land use decisions and the public's rights.
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The Power Point slides indicate the briefing took place on Nov. 8 at a Pasadena library and was conducted by Jason Rhine (League's Legislative Representative) and Alison Leary (League's Deputy Gen'l Counsel.) In addition to SB 35 (full text HTML, click here or PDF, click here), the League Power Point slides indicate the briefing discussed other 2017 Sacramento bills -- including AB 678, SB 166, SB 167 -- that further impact the public's rights and City Hall decisions on housing land use and density.
In releasing the Public Record Act materials to us, the City included this statement: "It should be noted that the information presented in the records is the League's perspective on the legislation. Their point of view is very general since the League provides information to cities all across California; and of course, not all cities face the same challenges or have exactly the same opportunities."
[LBREPORT.com perspective: The League's Power Point slides speak for themselves. It's clear to us from the Power Point text below that the new state bills have created significantly changed circumstances that city staff didn't discuss publicly while it advanced its LUE as the state legislation advanced to passage (from Dec. 2016 through mid-September 2017.) The new state legislation effectively amplifies aspects of staff's proposed new LUE. If the Council were to approve the new LUE (with or without map tweaks), the action could cause the City to lose the protections of its current less dense LUE and zoning and expose the City to more intense and less controllable density and neighborhood impacts than city officials have publicly discussed to date. The Council has the option to "receive and file"/take no action on the LUE and instruct staff re-work the LUE cognizant of the new legislation.]
Salient text from League of CA Cities Power Point pages follows. Emphasis (bold, underscoring) as in original. Material in brackets  added by us for clarity.
The "League of CA Cities" is a non-government advocacy body comprised of officials from multiple cities statewide (to which LB city management pays over $100,000 annually in city "membership" dues. The League declined to let the us attend its briefing (LB city staff took no position on our presence, pro or con) so LBREPORT.com devised a "work-around." We learned that LB city staff from Planning, Housing, Government Affairs and the City Attorney’s office were expected to attend and we anticipated that the League would provide attendees with some type of written materials. After the event was over,we requested a copy of what the League distributed to city staff; the City provided us with a copy, and we used it in reporting this story.
LB taxpayers may be interested to know that based on the League's online dues schedule, we estimate that the City of LB spent roughly $113,724 in 2017 and a slightly lower amount in 2016 for the city's "membership dues" in the group. (We derived our figure by applying the latest updated LB population estimate from the CA Dept. of Finance, Report E-1.)
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