|The Wiener Way|
SB 35: Housing Accountability and Affordability Act (Wiener) (Taken from the article "Three dangerous bills being pushed by State Senator Nancy Skinner," published by The Marin Post link): SB 35, the brainchild of San Francisco State Senator Scott Wiener, would force cities that haven’t met all their state-mandated Regional Housing Need Allocations ("RHNA") to give by-right approval to infill market-rate housing projects with as little as 10% officially affordable housing.
SB 35 is anti-free speech and civic engagement. No public hearings, no environmental review, no negotiation over community benefits. Just “ministerial,” i.e., over-the-counter- approval. SB 35 is also pro-gentrification. As a statewide coalition of affordable housing advocacy organizations has written:
Since almost no local jurisdiction in the State of California meets 100% of its market rate RHNA goal on a sustained basis, this bill essentially ensures by-right approval for market-rate projects simply by complying with a local inclusionary requirement [for affordable housing] or by building 10% affordable units. The practical result is that all market rate infill development in most every city in California will be eligible for by-right approval per this SB 35-proposed State law pre-emption.
Other projects approved under the measure would be limited to one space per unit. Absent the provision of ample new public transit, the prohibition of parking in new development will worsen neighborhood traffic problems. SB 35 says nothing about new transit.
The construction of on-site parking is expensive, up to $50,000 a space. A measure that exempts new development, as designated above, from including parking without requiring developers to transfer the savings to affordable housing is a giveaway to the real estate industry.
Nor does SB 35 say anything about funding the amount of infrastructure and local services—fire and police, schools, parks—that would be required by the massive amount of development it mandates.
Are local jurisdictions expected to foot the bill?
The lineup of SB 35’s supporters and opponents reveals serious splits in the state’s environmental protection and affordable housing advocates.
Opponents include the Sierra Club; the League of California Cities; the Council of Community Housing Organizations; the California Fire Chiefs Association; the Fire Districts Association of California; a handful of cities, including Hayward, Pasadena, and Santa Rosa; the Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers; and many building trades organizations, including IBEW Locals 1245, 18, 465 and 551, and the Western States Council of Sheet Metal Workers.
Fortunately the League of California Cities loathes SB 35
Mod: I haven't been much impressed with "The League" in the past, but they are doing the right thing on Wiener Housing. Click here for information on what you can do to stop this knucklehead from robbing cities of their rights to protect themselves from predatory development.
Oh, and here is yet another question. Why is it people in No. Cal are up in arms about Wiener Housing, yet down here in Lo-Cal you never hear any mention of it? Odd since the devastating effects would be felt statewide.