State Senator Scott Wiener won the first round. SB 50, the bill he authored that would allow radical upzoning up to a half mile from transit lines, was approved 9-1 by the Senate Housing Committee. But we can still win the second round. Later this month SB 50 will be considered by the Senate Governance & Finance Committee. We need to let them know we're opposed to this dangerous legislation.
SB 50 trashes planning by overriding local zoning for developers who build housing projects within a 1/2 mile radius of a major transit stop or a 1/4 mile radius of a stop on a high-quality bus corridor. Wiener claims it would help bring housing costs down, but the bill would only encourage the current over-production of high-priced units, since to qualify most projects only need to include 17% or less affordable housing.
Projects that qualify under SB 50 would receive:
You can help defeat SB 50 by taking a few minutes to contact State legislators. Send a message to the members of the State Senate Governance & Finance Committee. Please contact them by Wednesday, April 17.
YOU CAN NOT SEND E-MAILS DIRECTLY TO THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS.
You must submit your comments using the form found on the Committee's web site.
State Senate Governance & Finance Committee
You'll have to register as a user first, which takes about a minute. Once you've created an account, you'll be able to submit your comments. Be sure to click "No" where the form asks if you're a registered lobbyist. (Unless, of course, you are a registered lobbyist.)
Also, please contact your own State representatives to let them know where you stand on SB 50. If you don't know who they are, you can find out by clicking on the link below.
Find Your California Representative
If you really want to go the extra mile, contact your local city council representatives and encourage them to oppose this bill. The Los Angeles City Council will be considering a resolution to oppose SB 50 on Tuesday, April 16.
Resolution to Oppose SB 50 (Koretz - Harris-Dawson)
If you live in the City of LA, please contact your Councilmember and ask them to support the resolution. If you live in another city, contact your elected officials and urge them to introduce a similar resolution.
If you know others who would be concerned about SB 50, please share this e-mail. And thanks for taking action. Last year we stopped SB 827 dead. We can do it again this year, but we need your help.