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Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

We are very very close to killing SB 50 but additional action is needed

The bill will be revisited one last time tomorrow as Senator Wiener tries to get 3 more votes by changing a vote or convincing those that did not vote to do so I n support of SB50.

Please take action one more day!

1) THANK the senators who voted NO today against SB 50, and ask them NOT to change their minds on the revote set for Thursday! Thank them here in ONE CLICK!


2) URGE the five senators below, who TOOK NO POSITION, to stay pat or VOTE NO Thursday! (Don’t worry about non-voting Shannon Grove, she’s out of state.)


PLEASE TONIGHT, or in MORNING, call and email each senator below to abstain again, or VOTE NO on SB 50:


Senator Bob Archuleta916-6514032;
Senator Steven Bradford916-651-4035;
Senator Ling Ling Chang 916-651-4029;
Senator Mike Morrell916-651-4023;
Senator Thomas Umberg; 916-651-4034;

Please continue to make your voice heard in Sacramento about this bill.  We have one more day to take action!



To those of you that called and/or emailed, thank you so much. Your voice was heard!

Your calls and emails did make difference!

Senator Maria Elena Durazo and Senator Ben Allen who represent Windsor Square both voted no.

UPDATE January 29, 2020 SB50 HEADED FOR VOTE TODAY! Please take action now!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

January 29, 2020 UPDATE

SB50 moved to the floor and the Senate is preparing for a vote today.

At Monday’s session (1/27/20), Sen Toni Atkins rose to make a motion to bring SB50 from the Rules Committee to the Senate Floor for a second reading.  Senator Shannon Grove, the Republican minority leader, objected to bringing SB50 forward to the floor saying “this is a very important piece of legislation for California and we need to make sure that it goes to Policy Committee so that there can be adequate discussions and conversations.”  Senator Atkins asked for a “yes” vote and Senator Grove asked for a “no” vote.  The vote went along straight party lines.  29 Democrats all lined up and voted “Aye” on bringing the bill forward to a floor vote, including every Senator that has publicly committed to voting against the bill (eg Portantino, Hertzberg, Mitchell, Hill, etc) while all 10 Republicans voted “No” not to bring it forward for a second reading, including co-author Moorlach and Nielsen and Jones who had voted for the bill in Committee.

In a presentation yesterday SB50 author Scott Wiener said the bill needs enactment by tomorrow.

Now is the time to make the request of our own Senators to vote no emphatically and make the case for why SB50 is a wrong approach to the difficult issues of sheltering the unhoused and creating housing that truly is affordable to the current residents of our state. It is a state reach that impermissibly overrides local control, does not create a single unit of affordable housing and runs roughshod over our cities, counties and neighborhoods.



We will not get to vote on this bill.

To have your voice heard you must call or email now before the vote this week.

Call and or email  senators’ DISTRICT OFFICES statewide, to oppose SB 50.

These messages are highly effective and are relayed to Sacramento!

Windsor Square representatives:

Maria Elena Durazo


phone: 916-651-4024

East of Plymouth Between Wilshire and Beverly, East of Gower above Beverly

Ben Allen



West of Plymouth Wilshire to Beverly, West of Gower above Beverly. 

If the email kicks back, resend a couple times! Some senators have a kick back system to reject new senders.

If you are not in Windsor Square and need to find your representative: 

Do NOT contact the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee is NOT voting on SB 50. They are going to procedurally pass it on!

 The battle is on the senate floor, this week!

Here are key e-mail addresses for senators that will be voting:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

SB 50 Overview

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

SB50’s stated purpose is to address California’s housing shortage, by allowing multi-family dwellings in single-family neighborhoods near transit corridors. That includes most of central Los Angeles (including Greater Wilshire, within which lies Windsor Square), because proximity to transit corridors is defined loosely as “within a half mile of a train station and within a quarter mile of a bus stop.”

In response to statewide criticisms expressed last spring, summer and fall, SB 50’s sponsor, State Senator Scott Wiener from San Francisco, made small changes and returned to the Senate with the bill.

This version of the proposed law allegedly exempts neighborhoods with HPOZs (Historic Preservation Overlay Zones) — but only those HPOZs that were established prior to 2010, which would include Windsor Square but not Miracle Mile. Despite that provision, the complicated proposed law still does not exempt newer houses built within any HPOZ zone, known as “non-conforming” structures. Many blocks in Windsor Square contain such structures, and these properties easily could be targets of developers’ wrecking balls. Imagine a boxy new four- or five-story condo building squeezed in between two historic homes!

Not for affordable housing

Although many promoters of SB 50 imply that it is a means to create affordable housing, most serious analysts say that will not be the result because there is nothing in the legislation to require affordable housing for any projects with ten or fewer units. Given the real estate industry sponsors who are paying for the pro-SB 50 legislative advocacy (as well as for the election campaigns of Sen. Wiener and other supporters), the actual products of the adoption of SB 50 will be exactly what these developers want to build — more luxury apartments and condos (ten or fewer per project) as well as lucrative McMansions.

NOT the needed affordable housing.

Parking reduced

In addition, developers will not be required to provide enough parking places for tenants, which will make construction cheaper. In much of Windsor Square, parking is already scarce with many residents and their visitors unable to park near their house.

SB 50 is a give-away to the sponsoring real estate and construction industries. It likely will cause a reduction in affordable housing, especially in middle- and lower-middle income Los Angeles communities — as investors buy up more and more single-family properties to change them to reap the financial windfall being granted to developers by SB 50 — if it passes.

SB 50 not needed

We can all agree that Los Angeles needs more affordable housing. SB 50 is not the way to accomplish this worthy goal. There are many areas where large apartment buildings make sense — some of those areas are near Windsor Square. You can see large parcels to the east and west that already have been cleared for construction of big apartment buildings like many of the nearby projects that have been completed in the last few years. These projects are where they should be — on land zoned for multi-family projects. Sadly, though, most of this new construction is for expensive market-rate units. They are not affordable to many (including many who might have occupied former bungalows or small apartments on the land that was cleared for construction).

Let’s see a more thoughtful approach than SB 50 — one that will not destroy established or historic communities; one that will not be a handout to developers and the construction industry; and one that will honestly create more affordable housing.

Speak up!

Those of you in Windsor Square, or anywhere in Los Angeles,  who care about the future of your block should write or call the following immediately — to tell them SB 50 will hurt their constituents, poorer ones especially, and to urge them to STOP SB 50.

The Senate is preparing to vote today, January 29. Please contact your senators now!

Write or call:

State Senator Ben Allen (916) 651-4026

State Senator Maria Elena Durazo (916) 651-4024

Assembly Member Richard Bloom (916) 319-2050

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (916) 319-2053