|(Aug. 24, 2020, 9:35 p.m.) -- Earlier today (Aug. 24) LBREPORT.com filed a request under the CA Public Records Act for records (including communications, texts, emails and the like) to document what Long Beach Councilmembers Stacy Mungo and Daryl Supernaw did and didn't do as SB 1120 -- a bill that would allow four homes on single family lots -- advanced through the legislative process without City of Long Beach opposition and without any agendized action by these incumbents.
Among the actions the incumbents could have taken between Feb. 19, 2020 (when SB 1120 was introduced) and now (with a final Assembly vote imminent) was to agendize a City Council item to put the City of LB on record in opposition to SB 1120. (Involving the Council's "State Legislation Committee" [which never discusssed the bill] is allowable but isn't legally required. The State Legislation Ccommittee (which could have discussed SB 1120 on its own and didn't) can only make recommendations to the Council. A majority of the full Council would ultimately decide the City's position on SB 1120.,
By faiing to take Council actions putting the City of LB on record against the bill, Councilmembers Mungo and Supernaw effectively let SB 1120 advance to near final passage without City opposition.
Other actions the incumbents could have taken included expressing the incumbents' individual opposition to SB 1120 by letter or email to Sacramento legislative leadership (including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon) and to multiple Assemblymembers. (LB's two state Senators, Lena Gonzalez and Tom Umberg, voted for the bill; Gonzalez is a named co-author.)
The incumbents could also have used their periodic email-blasted "newsletters" to alert their constituents to SB 1120's potential impacts on their single family home neighborhoods. There's no indication either of them did so.
Council incumbents Mungo and Supernaw took none of these actions. The public record documents equested by LBREPORT.com will show what city staff and/or state lawmakers told them, how the incumbents responded, and what they told their constituents (if anything) about the bill.
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