City Controller Ron Galperin reports that voters had a right to expect more progress by now. Not one unit has been built under HHH.
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council held a whole fiesta around our elections this year on June 8, 2019 to encourage people to come out and vote. Voters were invited to enjoy free tacos, document shredding and more. Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations to the winners! Below are the UNOFFICIAL elections results. Official results are due by June 30.
Come vote in our Elections Saturday, June 8, 10am-4pm at the 135th Street School Auditorium, 801 W. 135th Street, Gardena.
Stakeholders 17 or older can vote for candidates in their area. For example if you are a resident of District 2 you can vote for the candidates in District 2, the officers and other non district seats. You do not have to be a citizen to vote and you do not need to register online ahead of time.
The ADU Bills nearly universally represent incremental assaults on single family zoning and historic districts and HPOZs.
THE ADU BILLS: I think there are too many to just say no so on balance, I would support the lone Senate bill SB 13 (Wieckowski)
***Of Most Concern: AB 587 (Friedman) and AB 670 (Friedman) both assigned to Senator Wiener’s Housing Committee and already set for hearing on June 4, 2019. If passed by housing committee, AB 587 goes to Senate Governance & Finance. AB 670 is also set for hearing on June 4, 2019 and already was extensively amended in the Senate Housing Committee to make it even worse (from my perspective) so it will likely pass to the Judiciary Committee. PLEASE NOTE: NO HISTORIC PROTECTION UNLESS ON STATE REGISTER. SACRAMENTO SHOULD NOT BE SUBDIVIDING ALL SINGLE-FAMILY ZONING BY STATE FIAT, INCLUDING IN PLANNED COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER WHAT THE CONDITIONS ARE. OPPOSE.
+AB 587 permits the an ADU to be severed from the primary residence for sale with a lot of niceties around it about how it is just an enabling ordinance that permits local jurisdictions to enact an ordinance permitting the separate sale if built by a nonprofit, only applies to recorded covenanted affordable housing, etc. But this is what has been happening with land use legislation. A fundamental concepts creeps into law in year 1 with all kinds of conditions that make the medicine go down (SB 35 anyone?) and then the very next year or the year after, a bill is introduced to alter or erode those conditions.
+AB 670 invalidates all covenants, deed restrictions or any other provisions in planned communities or other common interest developments that would “effectively prohibit” or “unreasonably restrict the construction or use” of an ADU or a junior ADU on a single family zoned lot. The “effectively” and the unreasonable restriction language was added BY THE SENATE HOUSING COMMITTEE chaired by Senator Wiener. When the bill clears the Housing Committee on June 4th, it is then referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Call your Senators and those on the Housing and Judiciary Committees, please get your opposition in by submitting on the website no later than this Thursday May 30th if possible. Link: https://shou.senate.ca.gov/ If you support SB 13, please couple your opposition to these bills with your support for SB 13.
Senate Housing Committee Members: Senate Governance & Finance Members:
Senator Scott D. Wiener (Chair) Senator Mike McGuire (Chair)
Senator Mike Morrell (Vice Chair) Senator John M.W. Moorlach (Vice Chair)
Senator Patricia C. Bates Senator Jim Beall
Senator Anna M. Caballero Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Senator Maria Elena Durazo Senator Melissa Hurtado
Senator Mike McGuire Senator Jim Nielsen
Senator John M. W. Moorlach Senator Scott D. Wiener
Senator Richard D. Roth
Senator Nancy Skinner
Senator Thomas J. Umberg
Senator Bob Wieckowski
Senate Judiciary Committee Members:
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair)
Senator Andreas Borgeas (Vice Chair)
Senator Benjamin Allen
Senator Anna M. Caballero
Senator Brian W. Jones
Senator Bill Monning
Senator Henry I. Stern
Senator Thomas J. Umberg
Senator Bob Wieckowski
+AB 68 (Ting) (OPPOSE)(STATUS: REFERRED TO SENATE. Not yet assigned to Committee). The assault on single family zoning continues. AB 68:
Establishes a STATEWIDE “by right” 60 day approval process (no notice, no protections locally):
On single family lots, creation of 2 units within house footprint OR construction of one detached ADU PLUS a junior ADU, effectively turning every single family parcel in the State into triplex zoning.
On multifamily lots (including duplex zoning), permits multiple ADUs within an existing single-family home (no limits on density) OR 2 detached ADUs.
STATE WIDE, this removes any minimum lot size, maximum ADU size below 800 square feet and 16 feet in height (and the legislature has already demonstrated how willing it is to go back and revisit any limits year over year), require parking, setbacks greater than four feet,
changes local ordinances RETROACTIVELY to January 1, 2017 and removes all “discretionary processes, provisions, or requirements for those units” other than for places listed in the state Register of Historic Places. Thus, this eliminates all local designations including HPOZ Boards.
+AB 69 (Ting) (Oppose but not as much as some others.) )(STATUS: REFERRED TO SENATE.)
Requires the State Department of Housing and Community Development to have the California Building Standards Commission develop standards for micro units — accessory dwelling units and homes smaller than 800 square feet.
+AB 671 (Friedman)(Status: REFERRED TO SENATE. Oppose but not as much as others). Requires local agencies to include a plan that incentivizes and promotes the creation of ADUs that can be offered for rent for very low-, low- and moderate-income households in their housing elements.
+AB 881 (Bloom)(STATUS: In Senate, referred to Housing and Governance & Finance Committees)(OPPOSE) Eliminates ability of local jurisdiction to mandate that an applicant
for an ADU permit be an owner-occupant. Deletes language that permitted consideration of criteria and impact other than “adequacy of water and sewer services and the impact of accessory dwelling units on traffic flow and public safety.” That eliminates historic designation including HPOZ, trash collection, and other important criteria.
+SB 13 (Wieckowski) (SUPPORT) Prohibits minimum square feet that would rule out efficiency units and prohibits requiring replacement parking but maintains local jurisdictions’ ability to define height, setback, lot coverage, parking and size of an ADU related to a specified amount of total floor area. Perhaps most importantly, SB 13 allows a local agency to count an ADU for purposes of identifying adequate sites for housing and meeting housing goals. STATUS: REFERRED TO THE ASSEMBLY. Not yet assigned to Committees.
Dead bills (The pattern seems to be that ENABLING or FINANCING BILLS for local authorities to act never got out of Committee while the top down Sacramento mandates to all were pushed forward):
AB 1585 (Boerner/Horvath) Never made it out of a Committee in Assembly.
AB 1074 (Diep) Construction Bond Act of 2020. Never made it out of a Committee in Assembly.
AB 1239 (Cunningham) Never made it out of a Committee in Assembly. Pending in Assembly Housing Committee.
SB 15 (Portantino): Held in Appropriations Committee in Senate (which he chairs).
The Larchmont Buzz speaks to the ever present threat to end single family zoning and suburban housing as we know it in Los Angeles. There was a Town Hall May 22, 2019 at Holman United Methodist Church. City Planners explained the impacts of the law allowing 4 units by right on any housing lot and increasing density where multi family housing is already allowed. Speakers warned that while the bill is currently not being considered it will likely come back and opponents need to be ready for the next round.
May 8, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán introduced legislation to improve security at our nation’s airports, railways and mass transit systems. The Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act, H.R. 2539, would reduce emergency response times by putting more federal law enforcement officers and resources near high-risk surface transportation assets, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The bill would also provide new terrorism-focused training, and improve cooperation between federal, State and local law enforcement partners by establishing a framework for unified operation centers.
“Transit systems are the lifeline to our communities, providing mobility to millions of Americans traveling every day,” said Rep. Barragán. “Often the hardest to protect, commuter rail, buses and airports are well-known targets for terrorists. This bill is critical for providing the necessary resources to keep our transit systems, and all those who use them, safe and secure.”
A section of H.R. 2539 was signed into law last year as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act, H.R. 302.
Come and meet the candidates running for the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council!! Ask questions and listen to what issues the candidates care about. The forum will take place on Tuesday, April 23rd from 630pm to 9pm at 135th Street Elementary School located at 801 W 135th St.
Learn who the candidates are at the following link:
We are collecting questions to ask the candidates. Please use this form to send us your questions ahead of time by April 22, 8pm. We will compile them and have a moderator ask the candidates.
The Harbor Gateway Neighborhood Council is now accepting Neighborhood Purposes Grant requests until May 8.
Non-profits should use the Neighborhood Purposes Grant form only. District Representatives and community members should use both the HGNNC Funding Request Form 2019-2020 and also the NC Event approval form.
Update April 17, 2019
The Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously 12-0 AGAINST the terrible gentrification law, SB 50, being peddled by state Sen. Scott Wiener.
City Councilman Paul Koretz slammed the widely-ridiculed SB 50 as “trickle down economics” that would gentrify much of Los Angeles and force the city’s large working class further away from their jobs.
Koretz said Wiener’s vision of erecting 6-story to 8-story buildings in thousands of low-rise and single-family residential areas is focused on the wrong questions and wrong answers.
Wiener “has called single-family homes immoral” and his bill would destroy yards and space to raise a family in L.A., Koretz told the packed and cheering Los Angeles City Council chambers. Council members David Ryu and Mike Bonin cited their own long lists of objections to the misguided bill.
“Los Angeles has 100,000 fully approved housing units that have not been built” by developers, Koretz said. It would be absurd to invite developers to now wipe out vibrant existing neighborhoods while they sit like gloating toads on land they can develop right now.
Angelenos you were awesome today. You came downtown to City Hall this morning to oppose SB 50 from San Fernando Valley, South L.A., Koreatown, Eastside, Northeast L.A., Westside, West Adams, Boyle Heights, Crenshaw, Sunland-Tujunga, Hollywood and more.
THANK YOU ANGELENOS! Your next fun, easy, duty happens right now! Let’s build on this HUGE success.
From home or work right now, send a quick easy email to the Sacramento legislative committee that has the power to KILL SB 50 on April 24 — the Governance and Finance Committee. Email Anton.firstname.lastname@example.org
April 15, 2019
HGNNC voted to oppose SB 50, which would allow very dense development, even in single-family zones, if they are near bus routes or light rail or jobs centers. This would mean almost every part of our Neighborhood Council area. Meanwhile, there are not any strong guarantees that the new housing will be affordable or help with the housing crisis.
We invite you to share your own strong opposition to SB 50 (Weiner) with State Senator Bradford and Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson and any other State legislators. Please comment by April 16 by 5 p.m.
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Committee has been meeting for six months to carefully review zoning concerns by district. Their recommendations were reviewed and approved by the HGNNC Board as a whole and were sent to Vince Bertoni, Director of City Planning on April 12, 2019.