|UPDATE: At 11:40 a.m., the state Senate Housing Committee -- with state Senator Umberg (SE LB-west OC) voting yes -- advanced SB 9 to the state Senate Governance Committee. SB 9 is co-authored by state Senator Lena Gonzalez (D, LB-SE LA County.). SB9 author Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D, San Diego) acknowledges SB 9 allows up to four units on single family home lot. Livable California says it allows up to four to six units and invites "McMansions" on single family home lots. Details to follow.
(April 15, 2021) -- Long Beach City Hall is mum (again) as SB 9 -- which would increase single family home neighborhood density -- co-authored by state Senator Lena Gonzalez (D, Long Beach-SE LA County) -- comes to a hearing in the state Senate Housing Committee which includes state Senator Tom Umberg (D, SE LB-west OC).
Nearly identifical to last year's SB 1120 (which would have allowed four-plexes and arguably up to sixplexes) but now amended, SB 9 requires ministerial (City Clerk check list type) approval of a housing development of no more than two units in a single-family zone (duplex), the subdivision of a parcel zoned for residential use into two parcels (lot split), or both.
Livable California and United Neighbors in opposition say despite amendments it's not a duplex bill and would allow up to six plexes on single family home lots..
A Senate Housing Committee legislative analysis states that SB 9:
a) Clarifies that no more than two units are authorized when providing for ministerial approval of a duplex on a single-family parcel.Long Beach City Hall's Government Affairs Manager, Dr. Tyler Curlet, says the City hasn't taken a position on SB 9 "at this time [since] it's still early in the legislative session [and] we continue to monitor these bills as they’re amended through the committee process."
The City of LB remained neutral throughout the legislative process as last year's 1120 advanced to near passage. SB 1120 was strongly opposed by Corliss Lee's grassroos The Eastside Voice..
Below are the cities opposing the bill. .
Cities of Arcata, Azusa, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Burbank, Camarillo, Carpinteria, Carson, Cerritos, Chino, Chino Hills, Clayton, Clearlake, Clovis, Cupertino, Cypress, Diamond Bar, Dorris, Downey, Dublin, Eastvale, El Segundo, Escalon, Fortuna, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Glendora, Grand Terrace, Half Moon Bay, Hesperia, Hidden Hills, Irvine, Irwindale, Kerman, King, La Palma, La Verne, Lafayette, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Lakeport, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lomita, Los Alamitos, Los Altos, Martinez, Maywood, Menifee, Merced, Mission Viejo, Monterey, Moorpark, Murrieta, Newman, Newport Beach, Norwalk, Novato, Oakdale, Ontario, Orinda, Palo Alto, Palos Verdes Estates, Paramount, Pismo Beach, Placentia, Pleasanton, Poway, Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rancho Santa Margarita, Redding, Redondo Beach, Rohnert Park, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Gabriel, San Jacinto, San Marcos, San Marino, Santa Clara, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Saratoga, Signal Hill, South Pasadena, Stanton, Sunnyvale, Temecula, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Tracy, Vacaville, Ventura, Vista, Westlake Village, Whittier, and Yorba Lind
LB city management hasn't taken a position o SB 9 (despite verbiage in the City Councl approved "state legislative agenda" reciting opposition to bills harming local control.)
City Hall's Government Affairs Manager is Dr. Tyler Curly, formerly Mayor Robert Garcia's Legislative Deputy, later Chief of Staff for former 1st District Councilwoman (now state Senator), Lena Gonzalez, a co-author of SB 9, and most recently served in Senator Gonzalez's office as her Legislative Director/Policy Liaison.
Dr. Curly and city management don't set city policy. A majority of the City Council does. The Council's "State Legislation Committee" (which can offer recommendations to the Council) is chaired by Vice Mayor Rex Richardson and includes vice chair Councilman Roberto Uranga and member Councilman Al Austin) has met once in 2021 to recommend approval of the City's "State Legislative Agenda" which includes verbiage stating; ."Oppose legislation that would reduce the City’s local land use authority" and that "would reduce the City’s local land use authority and support implementation of the City Council adopted planning documents."
a) Support policies and legislation that protect and/or expands the City’s authority and rights over its affairs.
Regardless of the Council's State Legislation Committee, any Councilmember(s) could agendize SB 9 for City Council action.
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