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Wall Street on Steroids in Your Backyard: The Full Story on Changes to SB 50

"The legislation is complex, even though its essence is clear. If adopted, it would accelerate the construction of tall, dense, luxury rental apartments throughout the entire State of California, including Los Angeles. It puts Wall Street into your Backyard (WIMBY), whether you live in an apartment or a house, by exempting most local land use decisions from zoning, planning, and environmental laws. 

These are the grisly section-by-section details of the bill’s most recent amendments. "

Zev Yaroslavsky: SB 50 is Not Right for LA! ‘Need a Scalpel, Not a Meat Axe’

Yaroslavsky, former LA County Supervisor and now the Director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, talks about the bill’s problematic “one-sized fits all” structure and its potential to cause irreparable harm to Los Angeles’s landscape, all while not addressing the lack of affordable housing.

"The Supe's Salvo Against Wiener's Housing Deregulation Bill"

A 9-2 vote against SB 50 puts SF on record against a measure that adds no new affordable housing or transit funding while encouraging more luxury housing. . .  48 Hills

"SB 50 Strongly Opposed by San Francisco, Wiener's Hometown"

Preserve LA

‘Round Up the Usual Suspects!’ Who will Benefit? Who will be Hurt If SB 50 Passes?

"Comments on Senate Bill 50, Planning and zoning, housing development incentives"

Dr. Peter Andersen, Prof. of Communications, San Diego State University, retired.

The Berkeley Daily Planet

" . . .The bill is a major assault on neighborhoods of single family homes. Evidently living in a single family home, according to the bill, is a luxury we cannot afford in the alleged housing crisis. Indeed, the bill may have the perverse effect of people who want single family home moving out of cities into suburban sprawl developments. . . ."

The following is from the editorial page of the "SF Chronicle, " April 10, 2019

        In “Beverly Hills by the bay” (Editorial, April 6), The Chronicle gets a lot wrong, not the least its offensive stereotypical depiction of Beverly Hills.

      Despite The Chronicle’s contention that Beverly Hills “outlaws apartments,” the fact remains that more than 50 percent of our residents are renters and more than 60 percent of our housing units are multifamily. In opposition to, say, Oakland, we have retained our “missing middle.” Our city’s density at 6,140 residents per square mile is close to the density of the San Francisco urban area, which at 6,300 people per square mile is the second-densest in the U.S.

        The editorial talks of “racist” zoning practices, presumably referring to single-family housing areas and the covenants which in the past banned Jews and African Americans, with the intimation that Beverly Hills is somehow looking to perpetuate those deplorable old days.

       Fortunately, Beverly Hills has managed to overcome racist zoning and is currently a majority-minority city, perhaps the only Jewish-majority city outside of Israel. Our “homogenous” city includes Holocaust survivors and more recent religious refugees.

       It’s sad that The Chronicle has to resort to dog-whistle stereotypes in falsely describing a tight-knit majority-minority community.

       We oppose SBS50 because, to paraphrase former LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, it is a real-estate bill, not a housing bill. In our city, it would result in luxury condos, not affordable housing. It’s fairly obvious: building more Rolls-Royces won’t reduce the price of Priuses. Building affordable housing is the best way to address the challenge, and we support targeted measures to help nonprofit affordable housing developers.

       Punitive, one-size-fits-all measures concocted by Sacramento politicians to enrich wealthy for-profit developers are not the solution to our state’s housing affordability issues; the San Francisco Board of Supervisors should proudly stand with the diverse communities throughout our state in strongly opposing this crony capitalist giveaway."

Mayor John Mirisch, Beverly Hills

"If You Think SB 50 will be Bad, Think Again: It will Actually be Much Worse"

Dick Platkin, "(Dick Platkin is a former Los Angeles city planner who reports on local planning controversies for City Watch. He serves on the board of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles (UN4LA)"

City Watch

"Blanket Upzoning - a Blunt Instrument - Won't Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis" 

Professor Michael Storper, UCLA

"Welcome to Wienerville"

 George Wooding


Westside Observer, March 2019 issue

"Wiener's New Housing Bill is Radically Unfair"

Tim Redmond, 48 Hills

Read all about  it!  Articles about last year's SB-827, SB-828, housing policy and related issues...

"Deconstructing YIMBYism" 

John Mirisch, New Geography Magazine

" . . .Although sometimes characterized as a product of the left, the “Yimby” movement is largely funded by Silicon Valley billionaires who seek to cram tech workers into expensive multi-family housing as well as developers who don’t like pesky zoning restrictions or environmental protections. The alliance of developers and tech oligarchs look to Yimbyism as a means to eliminate zoning and environmental restrictions in order to increase profits. . . ."

"The Myth of long-term housing underproduction."

 Tim Redmond, 48 Hills

"Wiener and the YIMBY's Don't Speak for Gay Activists"

by Robert Brokl, Berkeley Daily Planet

"Wiener and the YIMBYs Don't Speak for Gay Activists"

OPINION: "Strengthening CEQA to help solve the housing crisis

 What if the much-maligned environmental law linked jobs to housing? That would fight displacement and encourage regional cooperation . . ."

"Wall Street in Sacramento means Wall Street in our backyard..."  Aaron Peskin

Marina Times

"SB 827 - Transit is just a decoy for gentrification . . ."

"California Bill Will Displace Tenants & Line Developers' Pockets

There’s a newly proposed State bill, SB 827, that encourages gentrification in low-income communities throughout California and gives value to landowners and developers with no public benefit in return. It will cause huge social upheaval-- segregation and disinvestment from public transit-- while money flows into the pockets of wealthy people and businesses. . . ."

Marin resident talks about consequences of SB827 and SB828.   "The bill would benefit developers who profit from unlimited high-end housing production, without solving the need for affordable housing. Furthermore, it would foster displacement of existing residents. The subsequent housing densification and population growth resulting from both bills would harm the environment, public health and safety, increase traffic congestion, burden infrastructure, utilities (water supply), stress public services (including schools), spoil neighborhood character, and lessen quality of life. Moreover, there is no funding for dealing with these impacts. The costs would fall heavily on current local residents. . . "

"BART Board votes to endorse Wiener housing bill -Transit agency members support upzoning -- despite growing community opposition"   Some of these folks are up for election -- read about who voted to support your city and who didn't.

"Hearing on Wiener housing bill points to the roots of this crisis" 

Tim Redmond, 48 Hills

"Against Ageism"  by Sharon Butala.

Required reading for those folks who feel that denigrating everyone older than they are,  is 'cool' . . .

"Inching toward an affordable Westside: Lessons from Forest Hill " by Fernando Marti

 How to do the housing process right ....