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Catalysts Lobby Day in Sacramento: Orientaton 4/4

Zoom (April 4) Sacramento Capitol (April 11)
April 4, 2023
5:00 PM PT - 6:30 PM PT

You can be part of an organized team going to Sacramento to talk to legislators and their aides about housing policy, RHNA, zoning, and land use planning.

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Here’s an opportunity to meet with state legislators and/or their aides to talk about housing policy and the flawed RHNA methodology and inflated housing mandates for the next eight year cycle (2023-2031). Meet statewide community leaders who, like you, also object to the harmful impact of housing bills that give decision-making authority to developers/hedge fund investors by ripping it out of the hands of democratically elected city councils or boards of supervisors, using the undefined and unsubstantiated claim of a "housing crisis."

State laws seem to have intimidated City Councils and Boards of Supervisors. The state, on the other hand, seems invigorated to govern by fear and force. If jurisdictions push back against legislation that increases density, danger, and environmental degradation, Attorney General Rob Bonta is prepared to march in with his heavy-handed Strike Force to force compliance. He threatens withholding state money for special projects, loss of eligibility for new project funding, and the chance that the AG will turn his “strike force” on your city with the hammer of litigation.

It is discouraging after years of the warnings and efforts of multiple groups: CA Alliance of Locally Electeds (CALE), CA Cities for Local Control, Citizen Marin, Community Venture Partners, Catalysts, COST, Livable CA, Our Neighborhood Voices, Sustainable Tam/Almonte, United Neighbors, and others—that our locally elected officials are now, passively and seemingly hopelessly, wringing their hands saying, “We didn’t see this coming. There’s nothing we can do. Our hands are tied.”

We can take a lesson from basketball's March Madness. The San Diego State team had been down by 14 points. In the final seconds, they played against a ticking clock and with a perfectly arched shot, the team won by one point in the final, single second of the game (April 1). Talk about playing down to the wire! Giving up before the buzzer sounds is a recipe for defeat. We, the people, have time on the clock, if we choose to use it.

Join us for Lobby Day! Meet local elected officials and volunteer community leaders from around the state. Learn more about Lobby Day on the Catalysts website or register and join us at the Orientation meeting to see if it’s right for you.

Organization: Catalysts for Local Control

Contact: Susan Kirsch

Contact Phone: 415-686-4375

Contact Email:



Housing, legislation, RHNA, HCD, zoning