Long Beach Councilmembers And Mayor Quietly Let Themselves Blow Deadline, Fail to Agendize SB 9 (Four Dwelling Units On Single Family Lots, No Parking Reqd If Within Half Mile of High Quality Public Transit) For Regularly Scheduled Council Meeting Public Discussion On City Position; Special Meeting Remains Option, Needs 5 Councilmembers Before June 22 Ass'y Committee Vote
|(June 17, 2021, 12:10 p.m.) -- Long Beach's policy setting City Councilmembers have quietly let themselves blow a deadline for regularly scheduled Council meeting public discussion of SB 9 prior to its final Assembly policy committee hearing (June 22). That Council discussion and vote could still occur prior to the June 22 Assembly committee meeting but only if at least five Councilmembers agendize a special meeting on 24 hours notice to discuss and take a policy vote on SB 9 -- which a Council majority has done on other state legislation -- to allow publication in the Assembly Committee's legislative analysis of the bill.
(Non-elected city staff could send a position letter the Committee, but it would be a position the public doesn't know with no Council or public discussion of that position.)
Following the June 22 Assembly Committee hearing, SB 9 will face no further legislative policy committee hearings but (assuming it passes in the June 22 Committee meeting) will go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee (Dem party leadership gatekeeper citing fiscal issues) before it reaches the Assembly floor. If it passes the Assembly and clears a follow-up state Senate vote on any Assembly Amendments, it would go to Governor Newsom who could sign it into law or veto it. .
Long Beach's incumbent Councilmembers have thus far let SB 9 advance entirely through the state Senate (two Committee hearings and floor vote) to the point of reaching its final Assembly policy committee hearing without taking a City position on the single family neighborhood/density promoting bill.
SB 9, co-authored by former LB Councilmember and now state Senator Lena Gonzalez (D, Long Beach/SE LA County), would require cities statewide to allow four dwelling units (SB 9 opponents including Livable California say potentially up to eight using an ADU procedure) on single family neighborhood lots, with no parking required for the additional units if the parcel is within half a mile of high quality public transit.
The deadline for city staff or Long Beach community groups and individual advocates to submit an email to support or oppose SB 9 (for inclusion in the Committee's legislative analysis) is today (June 17) at 4:30 p.m. The Committee's email address to do so is: AHCD.Committee@assembly.ca.gov.
As of June 17, over 80 CA cities oppose SB 9 or oppose it unless amended. The League of CA Cities opposed SB 9 in a June 9 hearing in the Assembly Local Gov't Committee (where it passed 5-1 with two members not voting) (Housing Committee legislative analysis (visible at this link. On May 26, SB 9 passed the state Senate with "yes" votes by co-author Gonzalez and state Senator Tom Umberg (SE LB-west OC.)
LB YIMBY (Yes in my Backyard) supports the bill among other state YIMBY groups.
SB 9 is opposed by LB's grassroots Eastside Voice, Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association, Citizens About Responsible Planning and a number of community advocates including Ann Cantrell, Carlos Ovalle and Corliss Lee. Ms. Lee has repeatedly urged LB Councilmembers without success to agendize the bill for Council and public discussion and a City position in opposition.
LBREPORT.com provides a list below of opponents/supporters of the bill in the June 9 Assembly Housing Committee hearing
REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:
Support If Amended
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