On January 30, thanks to opposition from a broad coalition of equity groups, cities and communities from across the state, SB 50 was stopped in the Senate once again. But our affordability crisis must still be addressed. We need solutions that will deliver truly affordable housing and a path to housing for all Califonians. DHIC continues to work with local and statewide grassroots organizations to develop solutions for all communities throughout California, but not those dictated by the deep pockets of tech, developer and real estate special interests. Within minutes of SB50 failing, Senator Scott Wiener introduced two hastily drafted new bills, SB 899 and SB 902, to push resurrected versions of SB 50 though this year. We need continued vigilance. We have won 3 rounds. Stand by.
Closer to home, we will be dealing with a new Director of the Planning Department and new Planning Commissioners. We are concerned that the new Director and realigned Commission will promote policies that will be in opposition to positions that we will be taking to preserve and protect Dolores Heights and the Special Use District so we’ll be working harder here in City Hall.
If you are concerned about development in Dolores Heights and our broader community, consider volunteering on our Planning and Land Use Committee. Members help review proposed projects in Dolores Heights and represent DHIC at Pre-Application meetings and other key events. Email us at PLU@doloresheights.org for more information.