Thursday, February 2, 2017

SB-35: California has a New RHNA Champion and His Name is Scott Wiener

State Senator Scott Wiener
Mod: The Sacramento forced development monster has been quiet these last few years. However, a new champion for high density state mandated infill development appears to have emerged, and is now making a lot of noise in the state capitol.

Wiener Proposal Brings Teeth to State Housing Goals (Bay Area Metropolitan Observer link): State Senator Scott Wiener (D – San Francisco) announced further details today on SB-35, his proposed “Housing Accountability and Affordability Act.” The bill aims to streamline and incentivize infill housing development to ease the state’s housing shortage, and mend the flaws that stalled similar efforts by Governor Jerry Brown last summer.

Central to Wiener’s proposal is enabling California to enforce compliance with individual cities’ Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA), which the state’s Office of Housing and Community Development (HCD) measures every eight years but has little power to turn into reality. SB-35 would compel cities to submit reports on housing built toward their RHNA goals every two years, and establish as-of-right approval procedures if the city is found to be short of its allotted goals.

“The streamlining applies only to the income levels that aren’t being built for,” Wiener wrote in a press release; “so if a city is building sufficient market-rate units but not enough low-income units, the project must add low-income units to qualify for streamlined approval.”

Cities will only retain local control over residential construction permitting once they meet their goals for all income categories. Further, charter cities will be required to submit annual reports on housing production.

“Local control must be about how a community meets its housing goals, not whether it meets those goals. Too many communities either ignore their housing goals or set up processes designed to impede housing creation,” Wiener’s office added in a fact sheet. “Allowing local communities to ignore their responsibility to create housing has led to a housing disaster — triggering huge economic, environmental, and social problems.”

Brian Hanlon, founder of the California Renters Advocacy and Legal Aid Fund (CaRLA), was ecstatic over the announcement. Hanlon’s group, a 501(c)3 non-profit, raises money in part to fund litigation against cities that violate state law in their aversion to new housing.

SB 35 is an important step to make California's 48 year old Housing Element Law enforceable,” Hanlon wrote in an email. However, he was also cautious in noting that cities could still find ways to circumvent the enforcement mechanisms underlying Wiener’s bill.

“I urge Sen. Wiener to work with housing development feasibility analysts to ensure that his proposed streamlining measures will meaningfully expedite housing production. I also urge the Legislature to limit housing development fees and conditions to a feasible level. Streamlining the entitlement process matters little if localities levy cost-prohibitive fees and conditions to build homes.”

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46 comments:

  1. A picture says a thousand words.

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    1. Don't you mean Oscar as in Meyer and his wiener mobile?

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  3. From one piece of waste to a bigger piece of waste. These last 12 months have been so great, I can't wait. More of every thing we don't want. Danger on all fronts, we are loosing our privacy, even in our back yards. Our new master builder is so happy, guess we are looking at a Trump tower here in our small preserved city.

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  4. The Libs love Big Brother.

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    1. The Alts love Big Crazy Uncle.

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    2. Sherrod Brown says GOP senators are always complaining privately about Trump ― Senate Republicans are privately unhappy with President Donald Trump, barely two weeks into his administration, according to a Democratic senator who said he’s heard a range of complaints.

      “I’m not going to tell you any names, but I’ve heard all kinds of comments from Republican senators about the president’s ethics, the president’s leadership style, the president’s performance, the president’s incompetence, the president’s recalcitrance,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters Tuesday.

      “It doesn’t manifest itself yet in anything,” he said. “Eventually it will.”

      HuffPost tried to trick Brown into naming one of those senators. It did not work.

      “I’ll tell you this: you’ve heard of them,” he said. “You’ve heard of every one one of them.”

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sherrod-brown-republicans-trump_us_58922d65e4b0e35f0fb3d204?6mffar3zztkxtg9zfr

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  5. Trump supposedly threatens to invade Mexico to stop the drug cartels.

    Wouldn't it be cheaper and save far more lives from drug overdoses if instead he invaded Purdue Pharma, Abbott Labs, and Johnson & Johnson?

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  6. Tricky Huffing Post intervention writters, attempting to get "real" news! It's all about draining the swamp in Washington D. C. The swamp creatures are remaining in the thickets.

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  7. SB-35, has been addressed and passed into Ordinance by this Council.
    Our hard working Planning Commission discussed this, ahead of the attempted money grab by Sacramento, which is overloded with lawmakers from the Democratic Party persuasion.
    Trying to get those Development Fees from cities and towns, Sacramento wants "our" money. No where is there a mention of helping the homeless in the state. That will be a new tax for each county. Los Angeles is measure H , Special Extra Expense Election March 1st 2016, to get that forever
    taxed 1/2 cent.
    Sierra Madre, to it's credit, now has the empty nesters add on build to match the Granny flats. This meets SB-35 requirements and "we" get to keep our Development Fees.

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    1. What meeting did this happen?

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  8. Just like the City of Chicago, if the elected officials are "out to lunch" and Americans are dying, the Federal Government running on a new day, new way has offered to step up.
    Pharmacies are not the problem, the doctors might be.
    Mexico's border is a problem for illegal drugs entering the U.S., slam it shut!

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    1. big pharmacy is definitely the problem - you don't know hat your talking about

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    2. 9:23 is just showing that he is up on the current rightwing scapegoats. They are there to keep people from discussing the real issues.

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  9. CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

    SENATE BILL No. 35

    Introduced by Senator Wiener - An act relating to housing.

    LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

    SB 35, as introduced, Wiener. Planning and Zoning: affordable housing: streamline.
    The Planning and Zoning Law requires a city or county to adopt a general plan for land use development within its boundaries that includes, among other things, a housing element. Existing law provides for various incentives intended to facilitate and expedite the construction of affordable housing. Existing law requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to determine existing and projected needs for housing for each region and, in consultation with each council of governments, adopt a final regional housing plan that allocates a share of the regional housing need to each city, county, or city and county that meets specified requirements.
    This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to streamline, incentivize, and remove local barriers to housing creation, as specified.

    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB35

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  10. Aginst free speech. An openly gay, vegetarian speaker Milo Y., a consertive speaker, was threatened with violence if he gave his permitted and invitationt only, speech at Berkeley in Northern California, yesterday.
    A woman in the crowd wearing a MAGA hat was peppered sprayed in the face for her views.
    Discrimination against gays, women and differing points of view.
    Let me hear the "Liberal" defense now on just who is the intolerant?

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    1. Hunh. Lefties acting like Trumpers at a Donald rally. The right and the left are a lot alike in that way.

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  11. Trump asked at the National Prayer Breakfast: Pray for Arnold because his ratings are down on The Apprentice.

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  12. 9:34am. Again, the city of Sierra Madre is ahead of the curb. SB-35, has been addressed.

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    1. Do you have any more information to share?

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  13. 9:38 & 9:40 am. According to you(s), what is the "real" problem(s)? You don't like Pharmacies? You support Homeopathic only?
    Let's dialogue ...what are the "real" problems? Would they be opinions that differ from your own? "You(s)" must have been driving all night to make it back here from the Freedom of Speech protest up at Berkley.

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    1. where are you from, trump guy?

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    2. I think Trump guy lives under a bridge.

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  14. All you anti Trump posters stay on topic. This is an important issue for Sierra Madre. Save you rants for a different topic.

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    1. What are you talking about?

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    2. i want to save sierra madre from developers. trump is a developer. he's on topic

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    3. 10:46 - I used to think saving Sierra Madre was the most important issue. Now that we have a lunatic as the leader of the free world, I think saving America and the world is the most important issue, and everything else is not so important. Remember how the Trumpster said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and still get elected? I think he is testing, testing, testing, until Congress finally gets a backbone, and tries to impeach him. Then the Alt Right will have what they want with Pence as Prez, and Bonner pulling the strings. God help us!

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  15. Left coast, East coast, maybe he's New York's disgraced Wiener's brother?

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  16. There is no topic. Dont you follow the Planning and Council meetings? Call the city and demand they update the taped and recorded meetings and show them on Public Broadcast the city contracts with, not just the live feed on T.V.

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  17. Trump's shoutout to Frederick Douglass was inspiring today. Of course, Douglass died in 1895, and it doesn't appear the president was aware that he is no longer with us.

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  18. Trump's shoutout is healthier than the Dummycrats shutdown of free speech.

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    1. Really? I thought it made him sound braindead. He is a pretty old dude, you know.

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  19. Sanctions back on! Iran won't feel the effects from the Nuclear sanctions lifted by the coalitions of seven and the Obama Administration, but today is a new day.

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    1. Wake me up when you figure out how to make sense.

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  20. Routine adjustments from the old Obama Administration and the new. President Trump is following through with an easing of sanctions for Russia, when it comes to business deals.

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    1. Trump owes his business survival to the Russian mob. They bailed him out the year he lost a billion dollars, and now they are calling in their markers.

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    2. Going viral on FB:

      This is what Trump and Putin are up to: Exxon Mobil, under Rex Tillerson, brokered a deal with Russia in 2013 for 60 million acres of Russian land to pump oil out of, but all that Russian oil went through pipelines in the Ukraine, who heavily taxed the proceeds, and were applying for admission into NATO at the time.

      Putin subsequently invaded Ukraine in 2014, secured the routes to export the oil tax-free by sea, and took control of the port where their Black Sea Naval Fleet is based, by taking the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine by force and not giving it back. This was Hitler-tier imperialism that broke every international law in the free world.

      After Obama sanctioned Russia for the invasion, they could only pump oil from approximately 3 of those 60 million acres. But now Rex Tillerson is soon to be our Secretary of State, and as of today, there’s information circulating that Donald Trump will likely unilaterally remove all sanctions against Russia in the coming days or weeks.

      Putin will make half a trillion (500 Billion) dollars from that much untapped oi. All pumped tax-free through Crimea, stolen from Ukraine, now owned by Russia. Putin may have subverted our government just to become the richest man in the world.

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  21. I keep asking Trump supporters for explanations, and never get any - if we have a ban on travel from seven Muslim countries, why don't we have a ban on Saudi Arabia, where the 9/11 terrorists were from? I heard a Trump spokesperson trying to explain, and all she could say was that there were terrorists in Europe two years ago. Huh?

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    1. Countries that do business with Trump owned companies are exempt. There is no Taj Mahal in Yemen.

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    2. No country in the world insults Saudi Arabia. If the Saudis took their money out of circulation, the world economy would collapse.

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    3. So you're cool with the Saudis taking out the World Trade Center because they hold a lot of paper?

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  22. Taj Mahal in India? Watch FOX News, not the other opion networks if you want answers. Even Obama has tried to explain...
    Do you remember how long the ban is in place? and why? Do you realize that "Muslim" ban is from fake news. Yes, "it" is a ban...
    Try really listening ... it may alleviate some stress in your life...

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    1. The Taj Mahal referred to here was the name of a failed Trump casino in Atlantic City.

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  23. More importantly, how much is the monthly car allowance for the new SM city manager? The one that all residents pay for. Does he drive a Tesla?

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  24. Planning Commission continues its excellent work in bring the codes into line with the General Plan. Thanks, Commissioners!
    Director of Panning announced that the Mira Monte Mess was to come before them again in Feb., but that rascal Kefalas has asked for another postponement, until March.

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  25. I'm not a SM resident. I live in Acadia (land o developers and Chinese real estate speculators). Can someone give me an explanation of the 'Mira Monte Mess' as mentioned in the previous post ? Is that the project on Mira Monte that has what's left of an existing house stripped down to its studs? If so, why on earth would anyone remodel a house like that ? Just tear the damn thing down. This has got to be the work of some crazy homeowner, who knows, maybe trying to save a buck. Those poor neighbors that have to put up with that. Someone, please explain. Thanks.

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