Corliss Lee (Pres.Eastside Voice) Urges Homeowners To Vote Out Council Incumbents In 2022 Who Shrugged Pleas To Agendize And Oppose SB 9 (Four Dwelling Units And Possibly More On Single Family Lots) and SB 10 (Up To 10 Units On Single Family Lots)
|(August 31, 2021, 9:35 a.m.) -- The president of the grassroots Eastside Voice, Corliss Lee, has called on residents in CDs 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 to vote out their Council incumbents in 2022 and replace them with reform minded candidates after the incumbents shrugged months of pleas to agendize and oppose two density-promoting bills.
On August 30, 2021, the state Senate voted to concur (with state Senators Gonzalez and Umberg both voting "yes") in Assembly amendments, sending SB 9 [co-authored by Sen. Gonzalez] and SB 10 to Governor Gavin Newsom who could sign them into law, let them become law without his signature or veto them.
SB 9 would require cities of Long Beach's size to allow up to four dwelling units on single family lots (exempting state statutory historic districts.) SB 10 would let City Councils allow up to 10 dwelling units on single family lots regardless of locally adopted land use and zoning plans. Both bills prohibit cities from requiring additional parking to match the increased density if the lots are within a half mile walking distance of frequently-serviced public transit. Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell voted "no" on both measures, on which Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D, NLB-Paramount) and Assemblyman Mike Gipson (NLB-Carson both voted "yes."
For months, neighborhood groups (Eastside Voice, Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association, Citizens About Responsible Planning, People of Long Beach) had pleaded with Long Beach City Councilmembers to agendize SB 9 for public discussion and voted opposition. Not one Councilmember did so.
The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-1 to oppose SB 9, joining over roughly 80 cities statewide that opposed SB 9 outright or unless amended. (The Long Beach City Council remained mum on SB 9 (co-authored by former CD 1 LB Councilwoman, now state Senator, Lena Gonzalez) and SB 10.
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In an Aug. 30 mass emailing titled "What's Next on Density Bills," Ms. Lee wrote in pertinent part:
OPPOSE LONG BEACH CITY COUNCIL INCUMBENTS THAT ARE UP FOR RE-ELECTION. [all caps and bold in original] The odd numbered districts are up for re-election in 2022. Find a reform-minded candidate and back them with your time and money and certaily with your vote. Two terms are enough.
Ms. Lee also recommended calling Governor Newsom's office once or twice daily and urge him to veto the bills. She also suggested supporting a still-embryonic possible initiative measure (requires collecting statewide signatures) to reclaim local control of land use decisions.
Carlos Ovalle, a co-founder of LB's Reform Coalition (which mounted challenges to incumbents in CDs 2 and 8 in 2020) recently announced his candidacy to replace CD 7 incumbent Roberto Uranga. In CD 5, former Councilmember (2006-2014) Gerrie Schipske (who urged various Council reforms predating the Reform Coalition) seeks to replace incumbent Stacy Mungo. Another CD 5 candidate, Michelle Dobson, has also filed paperwork to run and others are expected to do so..
In addition to Long Beach Council CDs 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9, state Senator Umberg (D, SE LB-west OC) is also facing re-election in 2022.
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