Assembly Approves SB 9 Requiring Cities To Allow 4 Dwelling Units on Single Family Lots (Exempts Historic Districts), Prohibits Add'l Parking Within Half Mile Of Transit
Action Moves Bill Within One Vote Of Reaching Governor Newsom; Mayor/Council Let Bill Advance Since Dec. 2020 With No Public Discussion Or Opposition/small>
|(Aug. 27, 2021, 3:50 a.m.) -- As flashed on LBREPORT.com's front page and Facebook platform on Aug. 26, the Assembly has voted 44-16 to approve SB 9, full text as most recently amended here, which would require cities of LB's size to approve splitting single family home lots to allow four dwelling units (potenially up to eight with separate City Hall approval.) It also prohibits requiring parking to match the increased density within a half mile of "a high-quality transit corridor" or a "major transit stop" as defined in state law. The bill exempts state specified historic districts.
After the floor vote tally showed SB 9 had passed (required 41 votes), the final recorded vote changed to 45-19 (Assemblyman Gray (D, Merced) added on as a "yes" vote; and Assemblymembers Bauer-Kahan (D, Santa Clara), Petrie-Norris (D, OC coastal incl HB, NB), Irwin (D, Camarillo) added on as "no" votes. 15 Assemblmembers had "no votes recorded.")
SB 9 passed the state Senate months ago with "yes" votes by co-author state Senator (former CD1 Councilmember) Lena Gonzalez (D, LB-SE LA County) and state Senator Tom Umberg (D, SE LB/west OC.)
Since Dec. 2020, LB Mayor Garcia and every LB City Council incumbent refused pleas by LB neighborhood groups to agendize SB 9 for public discussion and voted action on a City of LB position.
Five Council incumbents are seeking re-election in 2022 in CDs 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. In CD 5, former Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske 2006-2014) is seeking to replace incumbent Stacy Mungo. In CD 7, Reform Coalition co-founder Carlos Ovalle is seeking to replace incumbent Roberto Uranga. State Senator Umberg is also seeking re-election in 2022.
Dozens of CA cities (listed below) -- including he City of Los Angeles by 12-1 voted action of its City Council -- opposed SB 9. Long Beach opponents included The Eastside Voice, Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association Citizens About Responsible Planning and People of Long Beach [the latter led by Carlos Ovalle]
SB 9 Supporters included the CA Apartment Ass'n and the League of Women Voters (CA).
Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell (D, LB-San Pedro) voted "no" on SB 9 but didn't argue against the bill on the Assembly floor. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D, NLB-Paramount) and Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D, NLB/Carson) both voted "yes" on SB 9.
SB 9 now returns to the state Senate for agreement in Assembly amendments and then goes to Gov. Newsom who could sign it into law or veto it.
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On Aug. 16, SB 9's authors made two limited tweaks (amendments)
As of June 22 (prior to the amendments), SB 9 had the following registered supporters/opponents in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.
After SB 9 had already cleared the state Senate and passed all Assembly policy committees, CD 3's Suzie Price, writing as an individul Councilmember, sent a June 23 letter that stopped short of opposing SB 9 but voiced concerns and suggested that Sacramento lawmakers make unspecified amendments giving LB City Hall greater autonomy on development projects.
Price's letter contended that the City of Long Beach has made "significant, good faith progress to improve housing policies with the goal with the goal of creating an environment conducive to more housing development but does so in a way that considers the unique local circumstances and environment of our city." It requests "that you [state lawmakers] consider appropriate changes to SB 9 with the intention of eliminating unintended consequences that harm communities where good faith and meaningful progress is being made on housing. Perhaps one incentive for cities that are making progress would be would be to allow more autonomy and discretion for future development projects...I defer to you on how that balance could be reached but I hope you will consider something along those lines as the discussion moves forward."
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