Wednesday, June 7, 2017

SB 35 & Wiener Housing: The Return of RHNA and the Coming Loss of City Control Over Development Planning

The Wiener Way
Mod: We used to talk a lot about RHNA numbers and unwanted state housing mandates on this site. However, as more and more cities discovered they could just slough all of that off and continue to do as they wish, much of the pressure to comply with Sacramento's central planning authorities went away. Sadly, a newly elected State Senator from San Francisco, a certain Scott Wiener to be exact, has a bill up for consideration that could bring back the bad old RHNA days, and so very much more. The following comes to us from an article published in The Marin Post, and the references are mostly to things happening in the northern part of this state. But it still has a lot of information that you do need to know.

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.

And as Berkeley Housing Commissioner Thomas Lord has pointed out, the RHNA program itself is a pro-gentrification policy. It follows that the passage of SB 35 would further inflate real estate values and worsen the displacement of economically vulnerable California residents.

SB 35 is pro-traffic congestion. It would prohibit cities from requiring parking in a “streamlined development approved pursuant” to SB 35, located within a half-mile of public transit, in an architecturally and historically significant historic district, when on-street parking permits are required but not offered to the occupants of the project, and when there is a car share vehicle located within one block of the development.

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.


Mod: If you don't think what is described about won't obliterate all the nice things Sierra Madre has set in place lately to protect what people like most about this place, then you are living your life shrouded in darkness. Without a flashlight, either. Our nefarious local developers must love SB 35, and are probably writing love letters to the likes of Chris Holden and Anthony Portantino about it. If passed, all that these developers would need to do is walk into City Hall, collar the nearest too eager to please city employee, and get them to sign off on whatever they want. No Planning Commissions need apply. Or you, for that matter. Especially you.

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. 

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62 comments:

  1. Wiener Housing. Does that mean these houses are called hotdog buns?

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    1. Actually it means down the road every tax payer will get a tax bill for this foolish idea between their buns. Sacramento has taken leave of their senses and gone off the deep end, this is another reason long time California residents are leaving https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/06/06/real-estate-website-urges-conservatives-to-buy-texas-homes/

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    2. Conservatives easily herded like Texas cattle

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  2. SB 35 was approved by the Assembly and State Senate last week, and is now headed to Governor Brown for his approval.
    http://calhsng.org/action-alert-ask-governor-brown-to-sign-ab-35/

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    1. Hmm. So it is down to which voices are now loudest in Jerry Brown's head?

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    2. Ground control to Major Brown ...

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  3. I'm a Residential Designer. My life is literally made hell my every cities bullshit rules that are inflexibly applied to R1 remodels, R1 new construction, duplexes, fourplexes and granny units. That said there is something worse and that's Sacramento cramming more dense ugly shitty overpriced housing down every cities throat.

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  4. Affordable housing, as we've learned the hard way, is a myth. Developers get deals to do it, refuse to commit to it for more than a year, and when that little wait is over, whatever they've built goes to the highest bidder at a price 'the market allows.' It's a sham, and the people who really need the help do not get it.

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    1. Do you know anyone that's needed affordable houses or on govt assistance? It's not a myth

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    2. Yes. And SB35 won't help them.

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  5. Ahh, you gotta love the mind set of Democrates, California has been run by them for years and years and years.

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    1. Voted in by the people for years and years

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    2. As bad as the Democrats are, somehow the Republicans have made themselves worse.

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    3. Anonymous June 7, 2017 at 2:48 PM
      10:22am. How so?
      Jeez.....

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    4. Well, for one they nominated a traitor.

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  6. I believe the Siera Madre Planning Commissioner's have already leaped out ahead of SB 35.
    A new city ordinance covers this town in compliance with the "affordable living" very nice for the collage kids that need to return home, while job shopping with that new degree. This is in addition to Granny Flats.
    Fortunately this city has remained ahead of Sacramento.

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    1. Not sure I agree. If I'm reading this right SB35 is designed to circumvent the kinds of protections you describe here. Sad to say.

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    2. I had a minor in collage.

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    3. That course is offered at Trump University

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    4. Comes with autographed coloring books.

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  7. Just think #1 state of California past a $440 billion state health care package last week, free health insurance to all California residents, #2 but state of California failed to state they are Broke and further can not account and pay for present un funded state pensions and state employee health insurance #3 the states total income is only $220 billion dollars at present #3 this will never pass because Obama care is present and there is a further issue with federal laws governing health insurance #4 impeach gov brown and staff immediately before he gives the state of California away to another nation

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  8. Washington D.C. televising how to "waste" time, the usual.
    Special Investigations take lead on what is being questioned, the Senators this morning in a public forum, give insight into the, speak with a forked tongue. Clean the Swamp.

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    1. Flush Trump.

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    2. Waste time: trump been in 27 golf trips since inauguration. Meanwhile scores of posts await his inauguration, others filled via nepotism. Trolls got trumped by corrupt pay-to-play billionaire politician masquereading as chosen one

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  9. Trolls get trumped again!

    President nominated a white-collar defense attorney to run FBI. Fool so corrupt he needs as many white collar defense attorneys as he can get.

    Trump previously relied on the same attorney that was in corrupt Joe McCarthy's pocket.

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  10. 8:57am. I am not able to recall the the new ordinance number, but I do recall that a lengthy discussion took place. The Commissioners had the insight to look on line to what Sacramento had stacked into its legislative sessions.
    Small town's maintain the integrity of their citizens, Sierra Madre is fortunate to have a thinking and working Planning Commission.

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  11. California newly elected Kamala Harris, just got played the fool.
    The Senate pannel just reminded her that there is a decorum that needs to be followed! Again, great representation from this state's politicians.

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    1. Can you explain that in terms the reality based community will understand?

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    2. It means she would not allow anyone to answer questions without interrupting!

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    3. She is a former prosecutor, and the witnesses were not cooperating.

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  12. The Washington Post has been bestowed the title of Yellow Journalism.

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    1. Yes. That is the color Trumpies turn everytime they uncover more evidence of Trump's betrayal of America.

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    2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

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    3. Trump fail, troll wail

      But this troll gets paid to wail

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    4. Does not wail well.

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  13. Hooray for states' rights!

    Hawaii Becomes America’s First State To Join The Paris Climate Accord

    Down with corrupt billionaire swamp fossils trump and tillerson

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  14. 10:16 am. Is that in Jerusalem?

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    1. I guess you could say they built a wall.

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  15. New Quinnipiac Poll shows the fat fibber's approval number sinking to 34%. And 59% say he lies alot.

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    1. Trump, a one time Clinton bundler, is actually a secret Democrat operative sent to infiltrate and destroy the Republican Party. He has been extraordinarily successful.

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    2. That's "a lot."

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    3. True. And often.

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  16. 10:16am. The highest rate of stoners on public assistance have "joined" the Paris accords! Some people have their heads in the clouds.

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    1. Troll is desperate today. Birthing out more alt fantasies

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  17. 12:37am. A bully in the school yard, she has found her calling. But she still got schooled in etiquette.
    She's another Maxine Waters in training for the White House.

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  18. California Christians Must Now Register Bibles As Assault Weapons

    https://archive.is/DDm5C

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    1. Haha
      Not a bad idea

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  19. 10:22am. How so?

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    1. If u want to chat with them respond to their post directly

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  20. Air resources board released the Green House Emissions findings today. California reduced 1/3 of 1% after spending Billions and Billions of dollars.

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    1. Lame journalism. Here's the rest of the story:

      California has continued to chip away at its greenhouse gas emissions even as its economy grows, according to new data released by state regulators on Wednesday.

      Emissions fell by a third of a percent in 2015, which regulators said was equivalent to removing 300,000 vehicles from state roads for a year.

      “These numbers clearly indicate that the state is on track to achieve its 2020 emission reduction goals and that California can grow its economy while continuing to fight climate change,” said a statement from Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board.

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  21. Treason charge coming down for Trump: Obstruction of Justice. All over the news.

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    1. MAGA - Might Actually Get Axed

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  22. Atheist now must register their souls, oh wait; they don't have souls.

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    1. Old Scratch just claimed Trump's soul. Flat out of time, that one.

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    2. No one has a soul. Religion is made up. Zeus, Thor, Holy Spirit, Shiva, Zoroaster... all good fiction

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    3. Clearly yours is in limbo, 6:20. It's generally a good idea not to say that what is true for you is a consequence for everyone else.

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  23. No charges of treason for Trump. The feds took Comeys testomoney and found no Trump wrong doings. The Clinton's, your mama and staff could be in hot water

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    1. Comey's live testimony is tomorrow.

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    2. 7:12 - feel like an idiot? you sure look like one.

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    3. Test-o-money indeed. Hey, Mod thanks for letting the troll post here everyday. makes for a good laugh

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