Many bills have been introduced over the past two months to address what many are calling a housing crisis. While there are housing shortages and affordability issues in some parts of the state, the “crisis” is unregulated, profit-driven development that would be worsened by 2019 legislation.
TIME FRAME: The bills are in their respective policy committees NOW. They must move out of committee by April 26.
ACT NOW: Choose the options that work for you.
Livable CA has prioritized our efforts to oppose these bills.
SB-50 (overrides local planning)
AB-1487 (creates regional unelected taxing agency to collect $1.5B/year)
SB-330 (prohibits building moratoriums)
AB-69 and AB-587 (removes local control over Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
AB-725 (attack on single family homes)
SB-4 (streamlines approval process) - Watching
EMAIL or CALL your State Senator and Assembly Members about bills coming out of MTC-initiated CASA Compact, which lacked transparency and representation from 97 of 101 cities. Personally or collectively urge opposition to the bills that are an assault on local control and democratic principles.
Find your state rep here: www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators. Follow the prompts.
EMAIL or CALL the SENATE Housing Committee.
Scott Wiener, Chair (916) 651-4011 https://sd11.senate.ca.gov/contact
Mike Morrell, VC (916) 651-4023 https://morrell.cssrc.us
Anna Caballero (916) 651-4012 https://sd12.senate.ca.gov/contact
Maria Elena Durazo (916) 651-4024 https://sd24.senate.ca.gov/contact
Shannon Grove (916) 651-4016 https://grove.cssrc.us/e-mail-senator
Mike McGuire (916) 651-4002 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Moorlach (916) 651-4037 https://moorlach.cssrc.us/content/my-offices
Richard Roth (916) 651-4031 https://sd31.senate.ca.gov/send-e-mail
Nancy Skinner (916) 651-4009 https://sd09.senate.ca.gov/contact
Thomas Umberg (916) 651-4034 https://sd34.senate.ca.gov/contact
Bob Wieckowski (916) 651-4010 https://sd10.senate.ca.gov/contact/email
EMAIL or CALL the Governance & Finance Committee.
Mike McGuire, Chair (916) 651-4002 email@example.com
John Moorlach, VC (916) 651-4037 https://moorlach.cssrc.us/content/my-offices
Jim Beall (916) 651-4015 https://sd15.senate.ca.gov/send-e-mail
Robert Hertzberg (916) 651-4018 https://sd18.senate.ca.gov/contact/email
Melissa Hurtado (916) 651-4014 https://sd14.senate.ca.gov/contact
Jim Nielsen (916) 651-4004 https://nielsen.cssrc.us/content/email-me
Scott Wiener (916) 651-4011 https://sd11.senate.ca.gov/contact
EMAIL or CALL the ASSEMBLY Housing Committee.
David Chiu, Chair (916) 319-2017
Brian Maienschein (916) 319-2077
Jesse Gabriel (916) 319-2045
Todd Gloria (916) 319-2078
Kevin Kiley (916) 319-2006
Monique Limon (916) 319-2037
Sharon Quirk-Silva (916) 319-2065
JOIN Livable CA on March 26 or 27 for a Lobby Day in Sacramento. Email your name, legislators, preferred date, and phone to SusanKirsch@LivableCA.org OR SCHEDULE your own appointment in your legislator’s district office.
SEND A LETTER to your legislators or members of the committees on personal/professional or neighborhood/community letterhead. Send a copy to your local media outlet and Livable CA.
INFORM others by writing an editorial or Letter to the Editor for your local paper. Talk to people in line at the grocery store. Post on Nextdoor.
EDUCATE about the bills. HOST a Neighborhood Coffee or Community Town Hall. TALK to others in the line at the market. SPEAK during public time at City Council or County Supervisors meetings.
BE CREATIVE. Send Livable CA your stories and pictures of ways you are creating a culture of truth and transparency, justice and equity, safety, peace and prosperity for all.
Sample script for a call:
My name is ___. I live in (name’s) district. I’m calling about (name one or more bill from the list above). As my representative, I urge (legislator’s name) to oppose these bills (reasons below). You might be asked for your zip code.
Sample Email Message (modify to make it your own):
I urge you to speak and vote against any bill coming out of the CASA Compact. These “housing” bills are designed to take control from democratically-elected local officials and hand it over to the real estate, finance, construction, and corporate industries.
Additional ideas to use in calls and letters:
- One-size-fits-all thinking doesn’t work.
- SB-50 is a real estate bill, not a housing solution.
- Senator Wiener’s YIMBY base calls single family homes “racist” and “immoral.
- Rather than solving the housing problem, the CASA bills, especially SB-50 and AB-1847 promote demotion, displacement, gentrification, and deepening income inequity
- Cities don’t build housing, developers do.
- CASA bills undermine local control without solving the problem of affordability
- These bills fail to account for transportation, water, schools and other infrastructure needs.