Ass'y Housing Committee Advances SB 9 (Four Dwelling Units on Single Family Lots, No Parking Req'd If Within Half Mile Of High Quality Transit Incl. Buses); Long Beach Residents/Neighborhood Groups Urged Its Defeat; LB Mayor/Councilmembers Quietly Let Themselves Blow Deadline To Take Position Prior To Final Policy Committee Hearing
|(June 23, 2021, 6:05 a.m.) -- The Assembly's Housing and Community Development Committee voted 5-1-2 on June 22 to advance SB 9 (requiring cities statewide to allow at least four dwelling units (exempting only historic districts) on single family home lots and forbid requiring additional parking for the additional units if within half a mile of high quality public transit including buses.) The bill now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, a final non-policy committee step it could reach the full Assembly floor.
Two Housing Committee Democrats (Gabriel, Maienschein) declined to cast recorded votes on SB 9 ("no votes recorded.")
One Republican Committee member, Kevin Kiley (R, Rocklin) -- one Sacramento's loudest critics of Governor Gavin Newsom and currently mulling a recall-election run for Governor -- voted "yes" with Democrats for SB 9.
(Full Housing Committee tally: Yes = Chiu, Kalra, Kiley, Quirk-Silva, Wicks; No = Seyarto; No Votes Recorded = Gabriel, Maienschein)
SB 9 opponents, including statewide Livable California and Neighborhoods United contend (and supportive Sac'to lawmakers deny) that SB 9 quietly lets a city's individual City Council to permit up to eight dwelling units per single family home parcel if they enact a further ADU-enabling ordinance.
A number of groups based their opposition to SB 9 on its failure to explicitly require affordable (below market) housing.
Full list of registered supporters/opponents below.
The Committee's vote sends SB 9 to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, a 15 member non-policy/fiscal committee (effectively Dem party gatekeeper) chaired by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D, SD) (11 Dems [two Dem vacancies] and 4 Repubs, none from Long Beach) which can send it to the Assembly floor.
Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell (D, LB-San Pedro) told LBREPORT.com on June 22 that he is firmly opposed to SB 9. (The bill won't reach him for his vote until it reaches the full Assembly floor.) O'Donnell also said that if incumbent Mayor Garcia exits office early, it's "highly likely" that he (O'Donnell) will run for Mayor (LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
Dozens of CA cities urged a "no" vote on SB 9 (some "unless amended"), and for a second time Long Beach residents and neighborhood groups testified telephonically in opposition (including The Eastside Voice, Citizens About Responsible Planning, Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association.)
And the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (several Dem speakers testified in opposition) AND (for the first time) LA County Republican Central Committee (Laura Brewer, Assembly speaker) both testified in opposition to SB 9.
A representative of a Long Beach "YIMBY" group (one of several "Yes in my Backyard" groups statewide) spoke in support.
Long Beach Mayor Garcia and all incumbent Councilmembers quietly let themselves blow the deadline to take a position on the single family neighborhood impacting bill prior to its final policy Committee hearing. The policy-setting City Council in LA County's second largest city failed to take a position on SB 9 through two state Senate policy committees and passage by the full Senate (where SB 9 received "yes" votes from state Senator Lena Gonzalez (an SB 9 co-author) and state Senator Tom Umberg (D, SE LB-west OC) and now all of the Assembly's policy committees.
SB 9 now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, a non-policy fiscal gatekeeper, before reaching the Assembly floor. If it passes the Assembly and clears a follow-up state Senate vote on Assembly Amendments, SB 9 will go to Governor Newsom who could sign it into law.
From the Assembly Housing/Community Development Committee's legislative analysis:
REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:
Support If Amended
Oppose Unless Amended
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