CALL TO ACTION! TWO NEW BILLS THREATEN LOCAL ZONING AND HPOZ

June 26th, 2019

On May 16 Senate Bill 50, a bill that would forever change our historic Windsor Square neighborhood, was delayed for the remainder of this year. This was in great part due to the community effort of Windsor Square residents and many other Angelenos who wish to preserve their neighborhoods. Many of you called and emailed your representatives to state your opposition to this bill that would override local zoning. Your action made the difference. 

However the fight continues.

State Senators Nancy Skinner, from Berkeley, and Scott Weiner, from San Francisco have incorporated similar provisions in two new bills. These bills are before the State Assembly and our community must again vocalize our opposition to these bills that would forever change our neighborhood.

The new bills are Senate Bill 330 and Senate Bill 592.

Like SB50, these bills will override local zoning and HPOZ protection.

These bills permit the demolition of homes in historic neighborhoods to make room for four- and five-story apartment buildings to be built lot line to lot line, right next door to single-family homes.

Both California Senators have positioned these bills as a solution to the California housing crisis by increasing development in transit areas but their broad definition of transit areas would include much of our community: Windsor Square, Hancock Park, Brookside, and Larchmont Village.

Senate Bill 330 and Senate Bill 592 will eliminate all local land use control.

No HPOZ.

No Zoning.

There will be no increased City budget for infrastructure improvements. Adequate parking will not be required for the new developments.

These bills will not result in needed new affordable housing, but instead will create more luxury units.

IN MAY YOUR TELEPHONE CALLS TO STATE LEGISLATORS HELPED MAKE THE DIFFERENCE TEMPORARILY DELAYING SB 50.

MORE ACTION IS NEEDED AS THESE NEW BILLS PROGRESS

The Los Angeles City Council, including our council member David Ryu, had already voted to oppose SB 50 as had the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. 

WE NEED TO CALL AGAIN IN RESPONSE TO THE NEW BILLS!!

INFORM YOURSELF

You will read some support of these bill in the media. They have been well positioned by the authors and their real estate industry allies. The stated intent of the bills, to address the state’s housing “crisis,” is one that resonates with many. The details of the bills are being overlooked.

Please read the bills for yourself here and follow their progress through the legislature:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB330

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB592

On June 19, there was some progress in pushing back SB 330, but that bill still needs to be voted down by the full State Assembly. See:

https://www.2preservela.org/anti-neighborhood-sb-330-takes-a-hit/

SB 592, Sen Wiener’s recent barber and cosmetology bill, is now a seizure-of-local-control bill like SB 30. See:

https://padailypost.com/2019/06/17/sen-wiener-uses-gut-and-amend-maneuver-to-introduce-legislation-to-help-move-housing-projects-along-sb50-is-still-on-hold/

https://www.citywatchla.com/index.php/2016-01-01-13-17-00/los-angeles/17874-senate-bill-592-the-snake-in-the-grass

https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/sen-wieners-sb-50-is-back-will-strip-zoning-and-land-use-requirements-from-any-type-of-housing/

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Continue to tell the people who represent you that you are opposed to SB 330 and SB 592 as long as these bills override local planning control you remain opposed:

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In Windsor Square, our state representatives are:

EAST of the centerline of Plymouth Boulevard:

Senator Maria Elena Durazo

District Office (213) 483-9300

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago

District Office (213) 620-4646

WEST of the centerline of Plymouth Boulevard:

Senator Benjamin Allen: District Office (310) 318-6994

Assembly Member Richard Bloom: District Office (310) 450-0041

CALL TO ACTION

YOUR SAMPLE MESSAGE: “Hi, my name is _______ and my address is ________. I want to leave a message for ________. Please tell her (or him) I am very OPPOSED to State Senate bills 330 and 592. In fact, this issue is so important to me, I will remember how she (or he) voted on this bill at the next election. Please make sure she (or he) gets my message. Thank you.”

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Call Mayor Eric Garcetti1-213-978-1028

You may also contact our area representative from his office:

Angie Aramayo: 323-793-5150

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Call Governor Gavin Newsom  1-916-445-2841

 SHOW  YOUR SUPPORT WITH A YARD SIGN

If you are in possession of a Stop SB 50 Yard Sign we have stickers to replace “50”with “330 and 592”. Contact your block captain to get your stickers (one for each side of each sign) to adapt your current sign or to obtain a new sign.

this post updated 6/28/19

Orderly Street Tree Replacement Plan

November 7th, 2018

Annual Town Hall Meeting November 15, 2018

October 15th, 2018

Please join us for the Windsor Square Association annual “Town Hall” meeting.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time: 7:oo PM

Location: The Ebell, 743 South Lucerne Boulevard

The agenda will include a review of Association activities during 2018, including canopy, block captains, public safety, land use and other community concerns. Association directors for 2019 will be elected and the 2018 Squeaky Wheel award will be presented.

The annual meeting is a good opportunity to meet, socialize an discuss issues of mutual concern with neighbors, police officers, civic officials and private security companies.