Elected officials and community advocates are fighting against state housing laws that will destroy single-family neighborhoods, increase housing costs and worsen climate change.
Organizers in Northern and Southern California are expecting 500 or more attendees in a statewide Zoom call on Saturday, August 7 from 10 am to 11:30 am This event will educate attendees on the negative consequences of two key housing bills, Senate Bills 9 and 10, which accelerate density and gentrification, but fail to provide solutions to increase water supply or funding for infrastructure to support density. Lawmakers have promoted the bills as if they meet the need for affordable housing, but they do not.
Legislators ignore the negative impacts of density: congestion, loss of parking, privacy and security; loss of trees and greenery that protect air quality, groundwater retention and cooling; the consolidation of wealth in less and less hands, and the loss of decision-making by local elected officials who know their communities.
Speakers from City Hall include Dan Carrigg, former Deputy Executive Director and Legislative Director of the League of California Cities, and now Senior Policy Advisor, Renne Public Policy Group (RPPG); Maria Kalban, Founder of United Neighbors and Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association; Lynetta McElroy, community leader at Leimert Park, the heart of Los Angeles’ black community, and Marcel Rodarte, executive director of the California Contract Cities Association. Sharon Byrne, United Nations Association and UN Women, will present a rapid action plan.
Organizer Beatriz (Bea) Dieringer, Mayor of Rolling Hills in Southern California, said, âThese bills offer a huge gift to developers and real estate investors. They also create a huge risk of death in forest fires in high fire risk areas, with limited escape routes. “