Strength in the suburbs: Homeowners played central role in opposing housing bill

Single-family homeowners said SB 50 would “destroy” character of their communities

TRD LOS ANGELES /
May.May 22, 2019 05:00 PM
State Senator Anthony Portantino and Glendale
State Senator Anthony Portantino and Glendale

A proposed statewide housing bill faced broad opposition, particularly in Los Angeles, but it was single-family homeowners who appear to have had the most influence in squashing it.

Suburban homeowners played a central role in state Sen. Anthony Portantino’s decision last week to shelve the bill, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Called SB 50, the bill would have allowed four- to five-story multifamily projects near mass transit stations. A late amendment would have permitted duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes to rise in communities zoned for single-family homes, likely setting off alarm bells.

Opponents rallied against the bill — which was pushed by state Sen. Scott Wiener — on the grounds that it usurped local control over zoning issues, and would “destroy” the character of their low-density neighborhoods. L.A. sent lobbyists to fight the bill last month, largely on the same reasons.

Last week, Portantino — representing low-density areas including Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge — declared the legislative committee he chairs would not debate the bill until 2020.

Advocates for SB 50 claim that single-family zoning is exacerbating the housing crisis. L.A. County alone is short half a million affordable homes to meet demand.

Susan Kirsch, the founder of a Northern California organization that opposed the bill, said fast-growing tech companies were to blame for the state’s housing crisis because they did not build affordable housing to offset the increase in home values that growth perpetuated. [LAT]Dennis Lynch 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Council President Herb Wesson and a rendering of District Square

City will draw up “anti-displacement zone” ordinance

AIDS Healthcare Foundation executive director Michael Weinstein is suing the center of measure HHH

AIDS Healthcare Foundation sues city over Skid Row project

Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Curren Price

LA invalidates evictions that landlords sent amid passage of new rent control law

LA City Attorney Mike Feuer at a rally in South LA last year

City accuses affordable developer of stealing public funds for South LA project

California Governor Gavin Newsom (Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Newsom says state “set the table” on housing in 2019

A rendering of FlyAwayHomes’ HHH project in South LA and Mayor Eric Garcetti, who led the push to approve Prop HHH.

LA has now funded 8.5K units of affordable housing through $1.2B bond

From left: Gavin Newsom and David Chiu (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Will rent control dent the multifamily market? Lenders, investors weigh in

Developer Pinyon Group’s 486-unit project would sit two blocks away from the Heritage Square Gold Line.

Developers of massive Lincoln Heights resi project change tack to collect city incentives

arrow_forward_ios