The protests against Senator Scott Wiener's SB-50, "The More Homes Act" are growing. In this short 38-second video, opponents ask, "Where's the affordable housing?" and "Who's pulling Senator Wiener's strings?"
TAKE ACTION NOW!
- Forward the video to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Use the "SB-50 = Poor Policy" points below to write a cover email.
- Forward this email to your community or neighborhood groups.
- Post the video on NextDoor with a message to urge calls to the Appropriations Committee.
- Post the video on your group's website, Facebook page or other social media.
Contact Senate Appropriations Committee Members
Anthony Portantino (D) (916) 651-4025, firstname.lastname@example.org – Represents Arcadia, Burbank, Claremont, Glendale, Pasadena, San Dimas, San Marino,
Patricia Bates (R) (916) 651-4036, email@example.com – Encinitas, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Oceanside, San Clemente, Vista
Steven Bradford (D) (916) 651-4035, firstname.lastname@example.org – Carson, Compton, Inglewood, Lawndale, South Los Angeles, Torrance
Elena Durazo (D) (916)-651-4024, email@example.com – Los Angeles
Jerry Hill (D) (916) 651-4013, firstname.lastname@example.org – Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Mateo, Santa Clara, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale
Brian Jones (R) (916) 651-4038, email@example.com –Alpine, El Cajon, Escondido, La Mesa, Poway, Rancho Santa Fe, Santee, San Marcos
Bob Wieckowski (D) (916) 651-4010, firstname.lastname@example.org – Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Union City
SB-50 = POOR POLICY
- SB-50 falls far short of meeting the need for affordable housing. The "Moms 4 Housing," who protested at Wiener's kick-off event on January 7, asked the right question, "Where's the affordable housing?
- Senator Wiener claims an amendment to SB-50 maintains local control. But the amendment, which provides two-and-a-half years for cities (five years for vulnerable communities) to plan how to increase density, duplicates existing law. Cities are already required to plan in 8-year cycles to meet their RHNA (Regional Housing Need Allocation) numbers. SB-50 muddies the water. The amendments give a false choice akin to planning whether to take poison or shoot yourself. The outcome is the same: Developers and real estate investors profit; communities and citizens carry the financial burden; and density increases without affordability.
- SB-50 makes cities the wild west of developers' dreams. It will drive up land prices while destroying community character, single-family neighborhoods, and treasured cultural and historic sites.
- SB-50 aggressively pushes forward with more housing legislation without taking stock of the impact of dozens of bills passed in the last three years, including forceful measures to allow accessory dwelling units on properties previously zoned for single family homes.
- SB-50 accelerates the financialization of housing, whereby investors and profit-driven corporate entities gobble up the majority of housing stock, making individual home ownership as a means of acquiring personal equity a thing of the past.
Join elected officials, community and neighborhood leaders and citizens from around the state who are calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to vote "NO" on SB-50.