SB 50’s amendments do not alleviate the bill’s negative impact on California’s cities, communities, and residents.
The amendments do not address these top four key concern of voters. Affordable housing: SB 50 does not require a single unit of affordable housing for any development of up to 20 units. An overwhelming percentage of likely voters* believe that California has a shortage of AFFORDABLE housing but not a housing supply issue.
Affordable housing: SB 50 does not require a single unit of affordable housing for any development of up to 20 units. An overwhelming percentage of likely voters* believe that California has a shortage of AFFORDABLE housing but not a housing supply issue.
Local control over planning decisions: SB50 overrides local control and mandates increased residential heights, density, and bulk. Residents have no right of appeal when 45 to 75 foot buildings affect their light, air, or privacy. Statewide upzoning will destroy the character of neighborhoods and communities, resulting in displacement and blight. The new SB 50 amendment allowing cities to create their own plan simply delays the implementation of the bill’s upzoning, height and density increases. Why? Any local plan must achieve the same level of upzoning as mandated by SB 50. San Francisco would still be required to upzone 95% of its residential areas.
Unfunded costs: SB50 provides no funding to pay for needed transit and infrastructure costs to support the added population from denser housing. In projects where San Francisco has upzoned for greater density, the City requires additional fees to fund these improvements. Density with insufficient transportation and other infrastructure will destroy many of the qualities that make California a desirable home.
Stripping enforceability of environmental and community laws: SB 50 subjects local agencies and hence the voters of our state to liability for attempting to enforce environmental and community laws. Amended SB 50 tilts the private right of action in favor of developers, potential residents, and development lobbyists.
In addition to these key impacts, some of SB 50’s amendments are worse than the original bill. For example, SB 50 upzones and “streamlines” construction on coastal zone parcels statewide-applying the four-plex upzoning to any area where the population is at least 50,000. That includes all coastal areas under the California Coastal Commission that were previously exempted by the bill.
Finally, SB 50 is redundant. Existing laws already incent more housing and/or allow greater density. Several laws enacted in 2019 allow Accessory Dwelling Units on RH1, 2, & 3 lots – effectively upzoning all residential neighborhoods in California. Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) requires cities to achieve new housing goals by category for market-rate and for three levels of affordable. State density bonuses allow for greater height in return for more affordable units. These are a few of the tools already available for cities to achieve more housing that’s affordable to all.
*Recent poll conducted by Applecart LLC for BetterWayCA
The Committee will take action on the bill by January 23
SB 50, mandating statewide upzoning (95% of San Francisco) & threatening our affordable housing, is back. Opposed by SF Board of Supervisors, it enables greater luxury housing and reduces affordable housing requirements.
By January 23: State Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the amended bill. If enough people oppose, they won’t vote the bill out of committee; SB 50 dies for the 2020 session.
Call all CA Senate Appropriations Cttee members asap (list below) – “Message: I oppose SB 50. It won’t solve our affordable housing crisis. Other tools already exist that hold our cities accountable to build the housing needed for their communities. SB 50 incents developers to build luxury housing.”
Call Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Gov. Gavin Newsom
Forward this email to family, friends, & neighbors, asking them to do the same.
Contact info – CA Senate Appropriations Committee:
Anthony Portantino, Chair (D) 916-651-4025 (critical of SB 50)
Patricia Bates (R) 916-651-4036 (Former social worker opposes SB 50)
Steven Bradford (D) 916-651-4035 (avoids discussing)
Jerry Hill (D) 916-651-4013 (he indicated opposition to SB 50, but may be weakening)
Brian Jones (R) 916-651-4038 (position unknown)
Bob Wieckowski (D) 916-651-4010 (position unknown)
Maria Elena Durazo (916) 651-4024
And call/fax these top state leaders; they have a big impact on SB 50:
Senator Toni Atkins (President Pro Tem) – (916) 651-4039; Fax: (916) 651-4939
The City has increased services to address the effects of homelessness in Dolores Park and surrounding neighborhoods as well as in the Castro District. Despite that, we’re seeing more homeless people sleeping and/or loitering on our sidewalks and stairs. And more trash and belongings are dumped in our neighborhood. We need your help to get action. Please call 311 or download the 311 app and open a case. For more details, read the charts below.
To truly address homelessness, we need our City leaders to open mental health/substance abuse centers and shelters and move people off the streets. Stay tuned for more details on D8 residents’ public forum with our elected officials.
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If you encounter issues reporting these situations contact the office of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman at email@example.com or (415) 554-6968
Happy Holidays and year-end greetings from the DHIC Board of Directors! 2019 has been quite a busy year for all of us as we participated in state legislation, city elections, and town hall meetings regarding our serious neighborhood issues of homelessness, crime, safety and, cleanliness.
Here’s what we accomplished for Dolores Heights in 2019:
Supported the improvement of the Dolores Heights’ staircases in conjunction with the DHIC’s Green Garden Group and SFDPW’s First Saturday “Green Garden Days” as well as our neighborhood Stairway Stewards, who sweep, clean, and cultivate their nearby stairways throughout the year
Continued working with District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, city agency leaders, and other community leaders to obtain shelter and services for homeless people now camping on our streets and in Dolores Park
Secured enhanced neighborhood cleaning, Hot Team, and police services for the areas around Dolores Park and the Castro
Helped to build block groups and participated in a network of Block Safety Leaders throughout Dolores Heights
Hosted Supervisor Mandelman and city officials at our annual Spring and Fall Gatherings
Spoke out on behalf of Dolores Heights at city meetings on safety, housing issues, and homelessness
Partnered with the Dolores Park Ambassadors and San Francisco Parks and Rec to welcome all visitors to a clean and safe Dolores Park
Thank you from the Board of The Dolores Heights Improvement Club! Carolyn Kenady, Chair; John O’Duinn, Vice Chair; Joe Titi, Treasurer; and board members Jennifer Bury, Liz Clark, Rhett Currier, Hans Kolbe, and Bruce Muncil
This newly formed club welcomes members. It’s a great small group of civic folks who volunteer at DHIC’s monthly Green Gardens. The parent Rotary organization supports community projects around the world with volunteers and funding. Some Castro Rotary members are traveling to Guatemala to help with H2Open Doors, the global clean water project. To find out more, visit https://portal.clubrunner.ca/13807 or stop by one of their meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-8 pm at Hamburger Mary’s, 531 Castro Street.