Studio City Neighborhood Council

Board Meeting Wednesday, August 19th at 7:00 PM

Posted on 08/20/20

Dear Stakeholders,

Hopefully, you and yours are healthy, and well as we continue to navigate through this pandemic. For the latest updates regarding the pandemic, be sure to check out LA County Health

This coming Wednesday, August 19th at 7:00 PM we will hold our monthly Board Meeting and we hope you can join us. You can find our agenda HERE.

In light of communal concerns and the national dialogue around law enforcement and the use of force, at our Board meeting next week, we will have Sergeant Donald Boon, LAPD Noho Training Coordinator Supervisor, who will be presenting on LAPD's Use of Force policies. Please join us for this important and timely conversation.

As mentioned during our last meeting and via a previous eblast, I mentioned that our Government Affairs Committee has a new committee chair and I wanted to share a bit more. Lois Weinsaft is a non-profit executive with expertise in planning, policy, advocacy, strategic thinking, government relations, board development, coaching, grantmaking, program design, fund development, staff recruitment, hiring, and supervision. Lois is a volunteer coach for non-profit executives through Executive Service Corps Southern California. She has served in numerous positions in the Jewish community and at UCLA. Lois has her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and her Masters in Non-Proft Management from Hebrew Union College-Los Angeles. Lois is excited to join the SCNC and invites you to join the conversation next month at their first Government Affairs Committee meeting.  Lois has been a resident of Los Angeles since 1974 and lives in Studio City since 1996. 

Our new Homelessness Committee Chair Steve Johnson will also be making a few remarks and both of our new chairs look forward to engaging with you in meaningful dialogue and this important communal work. 

Lastly, there are important Land Use bills that are currently working their way through our State Legislature and, if passed, will have an impact on our community thus I encourage you to add your voice to the conversation and contact Assemblyman Nazarian and Senator Hertzberg before the end of this legislative term, which is August 31st. Specifically:
 

  •  SB 1299 -  This bill would repurpose commercial spaces for housing. It would allow cities to be able to make use of retail spaces. Although the bill does go around CEQA, retail spaces usually have already gone through a CEQA process. This bill could accomplish a lot of housing by using retail spaces for low and moderate-income housing. It transforms existing resources. 
  • SB 902— passed but the first half of the bill was taken out. The first half of this bill undermines voter rights and would give a city council or a board of supervisors the ability to overturn any citizen initiative approved by voters that restricted land use for open space, shoreline protection, or other land protection voter-approved initiatives. The second half of this bill would allow cities to be able to change the zoning allowing 10-Unit apartment buildings in single-family neighborhoods with no affordable units required. This bill does not require CEQA as well, meaning cities could build 10-unit apartments in single-family neighborhoods and those pieces of land with “granny flats” could get up to 15-units. SB 902 appears to be an attempt by developers to take over city councils.  It could ignite speculation and gentrification in areas that get targeted for 15-unit luxury apartments.
  • SB 1085—Makes changes to the Density Bonus Law by going around zoning laws and would not promote low income and affordable housing. This bill would incentivize the construction of moderate-income units at the expense of low-and very low-income households. This will exacerbate the affordability crisis for lower-income households even further. Only about 12% of new housing construction will be affordable, while large market-rate apartment complexes eat up available land and thus increase land values. This bill will increase the developer's profits by allowing buildings with no parking, reductions in building setbacks such as side yards and back yards, and elimination of open space. Prohibits cities from charging impact fees on Density Bonus units, which cities need to conduct studies on the impact of housing.
  • SB 1120This bill eliminates single-family zoning in most of California, allowing buyers to break up any lot of 2,400 sq. ft. or more to build four market-rate homes without yards. Those parcels with “granny flat” laws, up to eight market-rate units could be built. This bill takes away the rights of local officials and residents to protect single-family zoning by banning public hearings for these projects, silencing cities, communities, and homeowners, whether wealthy and gated or low-income and diverse. Taking away our right to ability to promote orderly development. This bill does not require a garage and stipulates one parking space per house. Vast swaths of trees, greenery, and yards will be built over, significantly worsening state GHG emissions.
  • SB 899This bill offers to make building affordable housing for faith-based institutions and nonprofit colleges, allowing them to build multifamily housing in areas zoned as single-family housing. It stipulates 80 percent of the renters earn 60k and 20 percent earn $97.7K. The current law requires 100 percent dedicated to low income, up to those earning $60K. Also, the churches and schools would NOT be required to apply to the planning commission or city council for approval and would end-run CEQA. Many of these institutions are in areas zoned single-family. The current law stipulates that cities and counties prepare and adopt a general plan, including a housing element, to guide the future growth of a community.
  • AB 725This bill requires cities to “upzone” single-family areas to four units per lot, claiming this land is needed. It encourages speculators to destroy existing housing replacing it with dense development. This bill proposes to rezone thousands of working-class and middle-class neighborhoods to make way for high-end market-rate apartment buildings with no affordable housing. This bill would destroy relatively affordable housing — and create unaffordable apartment housing.
These bills will have an impact if passed - click on the links to read the bills for yourself and contact our representatives in Sacramento and let them know whether you are opposed or are in support. (Thank you to members of our Land Use Committee for taking the time to dig in and provide the above analysis)

Thank you, stay safe, stay healthy and I hope we will see you next week at our monthly board meeting.

Respectfully,

Randall Fried
President
 

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