UPDATE from Livable California On Nine Bad Housing Bills
Two bad bills -- AB 1279 (opposed by City of LB) and AB 3107 -- are now dead (a victory, pulled by their author.)
On Aug. 6 three other bad bills were approved by the State Senate Housing Committee: AB 725, AB 2345 (lets developers override city standards on height, open space, parking, setbacks, side yards and other careful planning) and AB 3040 (lets cities "upzone" single-family areas to fourplexes)
On Aug. 11, SB 1120 (co-authored by state Senator Lena Gonzalez, it would crush single-family zoning, allowing 4 market-rate homes where a one home now stands) and SB 902 will be heard in the Ass'y Local Gov't Committee. SB 902 lets city councils toss out voter-approved protection of lands.
SB 1085, SB 995 remain problematic.
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LBPD Budget Will Be Discussed At Aug. 18 Council Meeting (Was Removed From Aug. 11 Council Discussion Of Other Budget Items)
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(UPDATED August 10, 2020, 2:56 p.m. from 8:45 a.m.) -- LBPD says its budget presentation is now scheduled to take place at the Aug. 18 City Council meeting. (It was scheduled for Aug. 11 along with presentations/discussions for LBFD, Parks/Rec/Marine and Health and Human Services.)
LBPD referred questions about why the date was changed were referred to the City Manager's office. LBPD is (obviously) this year's budget hot button...with Mayor Robert Garcia recommending the FY21 defnding defundidng of 51 sworn citywide deployable officers, their "replacement" with 34 civilian employees and elimination of 20 officers outright. This follows a 2009-2015 defunding that erased roughly 20% of LB's police strength (which other area cities didn't do to weather the "great recession.")
Roughly 180 of those budget erased officers haven't been restored for LB taxpayers (despigte the 2016 Measure A sales tax increase that brought City Hall roughly $60+ million more annually (before COVID-19.) The result has left LB (L.A County's second largest city) with a per capita police level significantly thinner than Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Signal Hill.
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