' Senator Wiener's Words & Pix Show What His SB 827 Would Do Re Sac'to Dictated Developer-Desired Transit Vicinity Housing Heights

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Senator Wiener's Words & Pix Show What His SB 827 Would Do Re Sac'to Dictated Developer-Desired Transit Vicinity Housing Heights

On Feb. 13, LB Council Declined To Oppose SB 827 Pending Amendments; On Mar 6, Council Committee (Austin, Mungo, Gonzalez) May Recommend Council Take Some Position

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(March 4, 2018, 1:55 p.m.) -- After making amendments to SB 827, its author, state Senator Scott Wiener (D, San Francisco), wrote an opinion piece (including photos) appearing on Medium.com at this link.. Senator Wiener's text and illustrative photographs speak for themselves.

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As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, on Feb. 13 the Long Beach City Council declined to take a position on SB 827 and referred the issue to its "State Legislation Committee" (chair Austin, Vice Chair Gonzalez, Member Mungo) awaiting unspecified amendments by Sen. Wiener. Those amendments surfaced at the end of February and effectively retain SB 827's overrides of local zoning and require cities to allow multi-story housing of minimum heights (from roughly four to eight stories) within specified distances from public transit (LBREPORT.com coverage here.)


On March 6, the Council's "State Legislation Committee" (Austin, Mungo, Gonzalez) will meet to consider SB 827 in an item agendized as "Recommendation to consider amendments to, and a potential State legislative position on, SB 827 (Wiener), legislation to increase housing density along high-quality transit corridors and at major transit stops, and forward the State Legislation Committee's recommendation to the City Council for adoption." To view SB 827 as currently amended, click here.


A few hours later on March 6, at the same City Council meeting scheduled to deal with Land Use Element density increase maps, the Council is scheduled also to take up an item agendized as: "subject to prior review and consideration by the State Legislative Committee, approve the recommendations of the State Legislative Committee from their March 6, 2018 meeting regarding SB 827..."



Prior to the amendments, SB 827 encountered stiff opposition from (among others) L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz (saying it would harm historic single family neighborhoods), the League of CA Cities (arguing it would undermine local control) and a number of usually left-of-center groups and elected officials (including Berkeley's Mayor) who've charged it would encourage gentrification and fails to address affordability. The Mungo-Austin-Supernaw agendized item focused on the bill's impacts on local decision making control.

As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, despite general policies in City Hall's 2017 "state legislative agenda" that recited the City would oppose legislation weakening or restricting local control, the City of LB didn't oppose SB 35 (authored by Senator Wiener in 2017) as it advanced to passage. Instead, the City remained officially "neutral"/"working with the author" on "local control" aspects.

During this period, the Council's "state legislation committee" (Austin, Mungo and Gonzalez) didn't meet from Jan. 10, 2017 until November 21, 2017 (as SB 35 advanced to passage by mid-September.)

Also during this period, any Councilmembers) could have agendized SB 35 for opposition...but none did. SB 35 received "yes" votes from LB area state Senators Ricardo Lara (D, LB-Huntington Park) and Janet Nguyen (R, SE LB-West OC) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D, NLB-Lakewood-Paramount); Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell was one of a handful of Democrats voting "no" on SB 35. .


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