UPDATED WITH CALL IN NUMBER BELOW
On Tuesday, there will be a hearing on 2 California housing bills that will permit the removal of one home, allowing the one home to be replaced with 4-8 rental homes.
How does this affect our trees, you ask? The bills remove the requirement for the new homes to adhere to CEQA, one of the laws that helped maintain trees in Valley Village…which means the existing trees can be taken down and not replaced.
• The number of parking spaces for these dwellings may be reduced to ZERO parking spaces, depending on how close the homes are to the Orange Line or to the intended improvements of bus service on Laurel Canyon, Riverside, and Magnolia.
• These bills remove the ability for a city to plan where higher density should belong (Huston vs. Laurel Canyon, for instance).
• SB 1120 would bring gentrification to marginalized communities, dismantling many communities where people have worked hard to have their stake in the ‘American Dream’ of a home and yard.
• Most importantly, NONE of these bills require affordable housing. We are ALL concerned about affordable housing in Los Angeles. Valley Village has seen a rise in “small-lot homes”; homes that have added an Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU) and possibly a junior ADU to their lots; and additional multi-family residential units (both rental and ownership)—so we’re already doing our part to meet the City’s goals, with a blended approach to filling housing needs.
PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:
1) PLEASE SIGN the petition HERE.
2) PLEASE CONTACT your Assemblyman AND Senator to register your views.
Assemblyman Nazarian at: Assemblymember.email@example.com AND 916-319-2046
Senator Hertzberg at: Senator.firstname.lastname@example.org AND 916-651-4018
Some speaking points (OR simply ask them to vote “NO” on SB 1120 and SB 902):
These bills are not on the ballot to be voted on by the public. They do not require affordable housing. California is not paying for necessary infrastructure upgrades to accommodate the increased density in Los Angeles. The bills override local planning. They do not require Environmental Impact Reports. There are no protections for Hillside zones. It is inappropriate to push through while we are all facing major personal challenges.
3) PLEASE CALL into the last public hearing on these 2 bills on Tuesday Aug 18 at 9:30 a.m., the hearing will begin at 10:00.
Information for calling in on Tuesday Aug. 18 to OPPOSE SB 1120 and SB 902:
Call toll free 1-877-692-8957, and enter Access Code: 2426237. (You’ll get a non-working response if you call too early. If you run into trouble, check the state website for any changes: https://apro.assembly.ca.gov/hearings)
When the hearing moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for those wishing to testify in “Support” to press 1-0. After SUPPORTERS speak, THEN the moderator will ask those waiting in “Opposition” to press 1-0.
DO NOT press 1-0 during the Support segment. And do NOT press 1-0 TWICE “to be sure,” or the system will remove you from the queue!
Press 1-0, just once, AFTER it’s announced that those in opposition can speak!
Once you press 1-0, wait until an operator comes on to speak to you. The operator will assign you a random “line number” and you will be placed in the queue. WRITE DOWN YOUR LINE NUMBER, IT IS SOOO EASY TO FORGET! Don’t miss it when it’s called!
When you hear your number:
A. Say your name, B. Say any group you belong to AND the area in which you live (such as South L.A., or Inland Empire), C. THEN say “oppose.”
SIMULATED MOCKUPS OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO THE COMMUNITY IF THESE BILLS PASS:
CREDIT FOR THE PICTURES BELONG TO THE AUTHOR, WHO CAN BE SEEN AT THIS VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT23b50d_hY