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With LB Mayor/Council Mum As Sac'to Pro-Density Bills Advance, LB Residents And Neighborhoods Can Take These Actions To Assert Their Interests



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(Aug. 17, 2020, 3:25 a.m.) -- The non-profit advocacy group Livable California doesnot mince words. It says SB 1120 and SB 902 are "the two worst of Seven Bad Bills still alive in the California legislature." LBREPORT.com reported in detail on SB 1120 (would allow four housing units on a single family home.) We reported on SB 902 (would allow a City Council majority to pass an ordinance zoning any parcel for up to 10 units of residential density per parcel in areas the bill defines as "transit-rich," "jobs-rich" or "urban infill.")

LB's City Council quietly let both bills (introduced late Jam-early February) advance with no opposition by the City of Long Beach,

In June 2020, LB area state Senators Lena Gonzalez (a co-author of SB 1120) and Tom Umberg (both Democrats) voted "yes" on both bills, advancng them to the Assembly. On Aug. 11, the Assembly Local Government Committe voted 5-1 (with 2 Assemblymembers "not voting") to advance the bills to the Assembly Appropriations Committee where theu'll be heard on Tuesday August. 18 starting at 10 a.m..

If the Appropriatons Committee (meaning Dem Assembly leadeship) approves, they'll advance to the Assembly floor. If an Assembly majority votes to approve the bills, they'll go back to the state Senate for a perfunctory concurrence vote and then head to Governor Newsom and (unless vetoed) would become law.

Long Beach residents and neighborhoods have a choice: they can continue to rely on the City Council to protect their interests, or they can take actions to assert their interests and protect themselves (regardless of what Councilmembers do or don't do..

The Assembly Appropriations Committee invites emailed correspondence on hearing items at this link.

The Committee will also allows telephonic testimony for the Aug. 18 heairng. (Details and tips from Livable California below.).

The Appropriations Committee is a "non-policy" committee. It's supposed to consider whether bills might affect the state budget) but as a practical matter, the Committee's chair and majority Democrat mambers act as a "gate keeper":(advancing bills suppoerted by party leadership and blocking bills it doesn't want to advance to a full Assembly vote.)

The Assembly Appropriations Committee is chaired by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D, San Diego) (who authored AB 5, the controversial measure that prevents hiring various types of workers as indepednent contractors.)

The Appropriations Committee's Aug. 18 agenda is here.

Livable California offers tips below for teleponic testimony.

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The hearing is scheduled to begin Tuesday Aug. 18 at 10 am.

Get in the phone queue at about 9:30 am Tuesday. Urge the Assembly Local Government Committee to oppose SB 1120! Call back later in the day (it’s pure guesswork as to when, see agenda below) to testify against SB 902!

To receive a text update on when to call in for SB 902; text the words “hearing 902” to the number 21000

Rules for calling in on Tuesday Aug. 18 to Oppose SB 1120 and SB 902:

Call toll free 1-877-692-8957, and enter Access Code: 2426237

(You’ll get a non-working response if you call too early. If you run into trouble, check the state website for any changes: https://apro.assembly.ca.gov/hearings)

Tips on how to speak:

Do NOT say your name and then "I oppose" or the chair will cut off your mic. Use the word "oppose" or "against" only at the END of your comment.

Instead: A. Say your name, B. Say any group you belong to AND the area in which you live (such as South L.A., or Inland Empire), C. Say how the bills harm your area or diverse communities. THEN say "oppose."

Say your name, say your piece quickly, then say "I/We Oppose." Good Luck!

TO GET IN THE QUEUE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO SPEAK:

When you call in, you will be placed in a “waiting room” where you will be muted but you can listen to the hearing. When the hearing moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for those wishing to testify in "Support" to press 1-0 (one, then immediately zero, ). After SUPPORTERS speak, the moderator will ask those waiting in "Opposition" to press 1-0 (one, then immediately zero).

DO NOT press 1-0 during the Support segment. And do NOT press 1-0 TWICE “to be sure,” or the system will remove you from the queue!

Press 1-0 (one, then immediately zero), just once!

Once you press 1-0, wait until an operator comes on to speak to you. The operator will assign you a random "line number" and you are placed in the queue!

WRITE DOWN YOUR LINE NUMBER, IT IS SOOO EASY TO FORGET! Don’t miss it when it’s called!

Then relax, listen for your line number. Water your plants! Make a sandwich, but listen for your LINE NUMBER.

When you hear your LINE NUMBER make sure your phone is UNMUTED.

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