Density Watch: Presidents Of Eastside Voice, Lakewood Village Neighborhood Ass'n & Residents Again Urge Council To Agendize/Oppose SB 9 (Four Housing Units On Single Family Lots, No Add'l Parking Within Half Mile of Transit), No Councilmember(s) Respond
|(June 16, 2021, 10:10 a.m.) -- The Presidents of the Eastside Voice (Corliss Lee) and the Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association (Khalil Gharios) again publicly urged the City Council to agendize and oppose SB 9. The bill, co-authored by former Councilmember now state Senator Lena Gonzalez (D, LB-SE LA County), would require cities to allow four dwelling units (some SB 9 opponents say up to eight with an ADU maneuver) on single family home lots with no additional parking for the added units if the parcel is within a half mile of "high quality" public transit (which can include buses that run at least every 15 minutes.)
At the June 15 Council meeting, Ms. Lee and the three other speakers on SB 9 found their expected three minute speaking time cut in half to 90 seconds by the City Clerk's audio operator. Six other speakers had signed up on other topics (for a total of 10 signed-up speakers on the agenda item for public comment on non-agendized items.) Public comment for "agenda items" is subject to LB Municipal Code section 2.03.040 C2 and C3 (among time limits on public testimony resulting from "streamlining measures" sought by Councilman Daryl Supernaw and approved by Council voted action in Sept. 2019.)
2. Where less than ten (10) members of the public submit their name to the Clerk to speak on a particular agenda item, each member of the public shall have three (3) minutes to address the City Council. Any member of the public in need of a translator pursuant to the City's Language Access Policy or accommodation pursuant to the American Disabilities Act shall have six (6) minutes.
But one June 15 signed-up speaker on another item didn't show up, making the total audible speakers only nine. At the June 15 Council meeting, any Councilmember could have made a floor motion under the circumstances to adjust the speakers' time back to three minutes...but none did so,
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The Council now has one option -- a special meeting if agendized by five Councilmembers -- to allow Council discussion (with public input pro/con) and a voted position on SB 9 before the bill reaches its final Assembly policy committee hearing on June 22. (LBREPORT.com details here.)
The Council already allowed SB 9 to pass the full state Senate (with two Senate Committee hearings and a Senate floor vote) without a City of Long Beach position. LB area state Senators Gonzalez and Umberg both voted "yes" on SB 9 in late May, advancing it to the Assembly.
On June 8, after sending Councilmembers' emails, Ms. Lee used the public comment period for non-agendized Council items to urge the Council to oppose SB 9, speaking for three minutes; LBREPORT.com click here.. The next day, Ms. Lee and several other LB residents testified in telephonic opposition to SB 9 in a June 9 Assembly hearing. LBREPORT.com PODCAST coverage here.
Dozens of CA cities (as well as the League of CA Cities) and neighborhood groups statewide oppose SB 9 or oppose it unless amended (some seek provisions for "affordable housing.") SB 9 is supported by the Mayors of Sacramento, Oakland and San Diego and various "YIMBY" (Yes in my Backyard) groups statewide (including one in LB.) Full list included in LBREPORT.com coverage here.
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