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YOUR URGENT COMMUNITY ACTION WORKED !!

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

TO THOSE THAT CALLED/WROTE/POSTED SIGNS

THANK YOU

FOR TAKING ACTION

OPPOSING SENATE BILL 50!

This post updated: 5/17/19

YESTERDAY, THURSDAY, MAY 16

Senate Bill 50, before State Legislators in Sacramento — that would forever change our historic Windsor Square neighborhood — has been delayed for the remainder of this year!

Because of community feedback and opposition, the bill was suspended temporarily by the chairman of an important State Senate committee:

Sen. Anthony Portantino (Glendale)

1-916-651-4025…..Sacramento

1-818-409-0400…..Glendale District Office

1-909-599-7351…..San Dimas District

Senator Portantino lives in La Canada Flintridge. Please call one of his offices to say “thank you” for ending consideration of the bill during this legislative session. 

SB 50 

A new bill, SB 50, has come before the State Legislators in Sacramento that would forever change our historic Windsor Square neighborhood. This bill is a new version of SB 827 that was vetoed by Governor Brown last year.

If passed, SB 50 would override local zoning and HPOZ protection. It would permit the demolition of historic homes 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.

SB 50 is being positioned a solution to the California housing crisis that will increase development in transit areas. However, it offers a very broad definition of transit areas that would include much of our community including Windsor Square, Hancock Park, Brookside, and Larchmont Village.

SB 50 eliminates all local land use control. No HPOZ. No Zoning.

There will be no increased City budget for infrastructure improvements. Parking is not required for the development.

The bill is authored by a State Senator Scott Weiner from Northern California and yet the impact will largely hit Southern California with 15 counties in our part of the state being included. It is worth noting that Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties are excluded.

Additional housing is certainly needed in our city, but a “one size fits all” mandate that removes land use input from homeowners and tenants and eliminates city zoning and historical preservation is not the answer. This will lead to the destruction of the character of our Windsor Square neighborhood – and every other single family community in the city – as we know it and love it.

SB 50 is so extreme and large in its reach that it is might sound impossible for it to become law. And yet last month it was passed in two committees of the California State Senate. The fate of this bill lies in their hands. Once the bill progresses through committee votes it will proceed to a senate vote.

On 4/2/19 SB 50 passed in the California Senate Housing committee 9 yes, 1 no, 1 no vote recorded.

On 4/24/19 SB passed in the California Senate Governance and Finance committee 6 yes, 1 no.

On 5/16/19 SB was killed by Senator Portantino in the Approriations Committee.

The bill will return next year in another attempt to pass. Our campaign to protect our neighborhood is not over.

The Los Angeles City Council, including our council member David Ryu, has voted to oppose SB 50 as has the San Francisco City Council. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti declined a request by our City Council to sign a letter opposing the bill. Governor Newsom has also taken a “wait and see” approach. 

INFORM YOURSELF

You will read support of this bill in the media. It has been well positioned by the author and the intent of the bill, to assist with our housing crisis, is one that resonates with many. The details are being overlooked. Many of those who have written in favor of the bill do not live in Los Angeles nor do they understand the massive reach of SB 50.

Please read the bill for yourself here and follow it’s progress through the legislature:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB50

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Tell the people who represent you that you are opposed to SB 50.

1/Call your representatives.

Windsor Square state representatives:

EAST of the centerline of Plymouth Boulevard:

Senator Maria Elena DurazoDistrict Office (213) 483-9300

Assembly Member Miguel SantiagoDistrict Office (213) 620-4646

WEST of the centerline of Plymouth Boulevard:

Senator Benjamin AllenDistrict Office (310) 318-6994

Assembly Member Richard BloomDistrict Office (310) 450-0041

CALL TO ACTION

YOUR SAMPLE MESSAGE: “Hi, my name is _______ and I want to leave a message for ________. Please tell her (or him) I am very OPPOSED to State Senate bill SB 50. 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.”

 

2/

Call Mayor Eric Garcetti1-213-978-1028

You may also contact our area representative from his office:

Angie Aramayo: 323-793-5150

3/

Call Governor Gavin Newsom (he must vote yes for the bill to become law, he has yet to state his position on the bill): 1-916-445-2841

ADDITIONAL WEBSITE RESOURCES

Read more here for more information

and input your address to see how your street will be impacted:

https://www.stopsb50.net/

https://www.livablecalifornia.org/

Below current press coverage of SB 50:

http://larchmontchronicle.com/senate-bill-50-is-bad-for-homeowners/

https://issuu.com/larchmontchronicle/docs/lc_special_supplement_05_2019

https://48hills.org/2019/05/new-study-challenges-wieners-approach-to-housing/

https://www.newgeography.com/content/006298-densification-efforts-like-sb50-are-the-wrong-fix-to-california-s-housing-problem

(Commentary by Hydee R. Feldstein, from the nearby P.I.C.O. Neighborhood Council area.)

Article by Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch bringing his perspective on how this legislation targets Southern California and he, unlike Senator Wiener, backs up his opinions with data and facts:

http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2019/05/sb50-sticking-it-to-socal/

Mayor Bill Brand’s interview

https://www.planningreport.com/2019/05/09/redondo-beach-mayor-bill-brand-wieners-sb-50-win-haves-leaves-behind-have-nots

Letters to the editor, LA Times

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-sb-50-housing-density-20190514-story.html

WSA position on Larchmont Trees

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The Windsor Square Association (WSA) board discussed and agreed that the City’s mature Ficus trees on Larchmont Boulevard generally should be removed only if they are dead, diseased, or dangerous.

That said, and understanding that trees have a natural life span, a comprehensive replacement plan should be developed and agreed by the City’s Urban Forestry Division, the WSA, the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association (LVNA), the Larchmont Boulevard Association (LBA), and the Larchmont Village Business Improvement District (LVBID). Such a plan should be implemented over multiple decades to ensure that mature trees on Larchmont are there for the enjoyment of future generations.

The foregoing conclusions of the WSA board are based upon the following observations:

(1) According to a report prepared by an arborist retained by the LVBID, using funds provided by the Fourth Council District office, 37 out of the 38 Ficus trees on Larchmont Boulevard between First Street and Beverly Boulevard are in good condition. These Ficus trees have additional life expectancies of up to 20 years. Pursuant to the arborist recommendation, no healthy Ficus tree should be removed unless the adjacent sidewalk first is lifted or removed to allow inspection for root issues and to allow for root pruning.

(2) Larchmont Boulevard Ficus trees give character to our neighborhood shopping area, helping to create the village ambiance that makes Larchmont Boulevard so attractive. Vibrant evergreen leaves look good, and the trees’ canopies provide dense shade to cool and protect the sidewalks. Proper pruning techniques will help ensure the appropriate canopies and tree health. Removing the trees, without good reason, would cause irreparable harm to the shopping district and, hence, to Windsor Square.

(3) “Good reason” to remove a Ficus tree does not include abutting owners’ or tenants’ need to maintain plumbing and sewer pipes, which is a responsibility of stewardship of any property in Los Angeles. The street trees are a public benefit to be protected, and sidewalk repair is a necessary City responsibility that goes along with stewardship of the trees, as is done well by the City of Santa Monica with its mature Ficus trees on Montana Avenue.

Helicopter noise report information

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

According to the Los Angleles Times:

Los Angeles County residents can now complain about noisy low-flying  helicopters to a website (http://heli-noise-la.com) and hotline (424) 348-4354) sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration. The so-called Automated Complaint System, which began operations on Tuesday, allows residents to track local helicopter flights and identify aircraft producing excessive noise as well as their operators.