Mon, Jan

Top LA Leaders Slam Wiener’s SB 50

TAKING ON SACRAMENTO-Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB 50, an extreme version of his defeated SB 827, is under attack by L.A. Democratic leaders because it destroys single-family areas and affordable apartments to make way for 8-story luxury housing.

This week, the powerful LA County Democratic Party unanimously opposed SB 50 after days of tense words between party leaders and Wiener over his eerie view that single-family homes are “immoral” and luxury units will trickle down to the working-class.

LA City Councilmember David Ryu released a withering critique, advising the state “put its house in order” by enforcing existing housing laws “before attempting to take the Draconian step of removing local zoning authority.”

LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz slammed SB 50, saying it “undermines not only the integrity of cities and counties, but strips residents of their ability to engage in a meaningful planning and community-building process.”
This morning, globally respected economist Michael Storper (London School of Economics and UCLA) told The Planning Report that SB 50’s unintended consequences will override its rhetoric “and that is why it will fail” to produce needed affordable housing -- and can make things worse.

Major media are lagging on this debate. One reporter mistakenly dubbed SB 50 “gentler” than SB 827. It’s far more extreme, stripping cities/counties of zoning and planning powers near transit, good schools and jobs — and transferring that power to individual luxury developers who include a small number of affordable units in their towers. SB 50 was ghost-written by developer lobbyists. Wiener has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from developers and real estate investors. 

Wiener says diverse “sensitive” communities won’t get gentrified by SB 50 because it gives them 5 years to comply with his up-zoning. That’s a blatant threat by Wiener to diverse communities: ‘Up-zone your neighborhoods, or I’ll do it for you.’

Wiener insists renters are “protected” from the gentrification and demolition at the heart of SB 50, because demolitions are banned until a building sits vacant 7 years — a history that few cities can prove either way. Renters will not be protected. Let’s preserve all existing affordable units, and finance affordable housing. 

Please email the influential state senators listed below to kill SB 50 before California wastes months on another Wiener disaster. Please let us know that you emailed or called them — send us a note at 2PreserveLA@gmail.com. Thanks!

Please learn more about SB 50 here. Nobody wants to be The Next San Francisco. 
*If the senator's email doesn't work, please use the email form on their website. 

State Senate Housing Committee 2019:
Senator Scott D. Wiener (Chair)
Phone: (916) 651-4011

Senator Mike Morrell (Vice Chair)
Phone: 916.651.4023

Senator Patricia C. Bates
Phone: (916) 651-4036

Senator Anna M. Caballero
Phone: (916) 651-4012

Senator Maria Elena Durazo
Phone: (916) 651-4024

Senator Shannon Grove
Phone: (916) 651-4016

Senator Mike McGuire
Phone: 916-651-4002

Senator John M. W. Moorlach
Phone: (916) 651-4037

Senator Richard D. Roth
Phone: (916) 651-4031

Senator Nancy Skinner
Phone:  (916) 651-4009

Senator Thomas J. Umberg
Phone:  (916) 651-4034

Senator Bob Wieckowski
Phone:(916) 651-4010
Senate Governance and Finance Committee

Senator Mike McGuire (Chair)
Phone: 916-651-4002

Senator John M. W. Moorlach (Vice Chair)
Phone: (916) 651-4037

Senator Jim Beall
Phone: (916) 651-4015

Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Phone:  (916) 651-4018
Senator Melissa Hurtado
Phone:  (916) 651-4014
Senator Jim Nielsen
Phone: 916.651.4004
Senator Scott D. Wiener
Phone: (916) 651-4011


(Jill Stewart is the Director of the Coalition to Preserve LA.)