Dear Representatives and Friends of VANC,

VANC has actively opposed SB 9, SB 10 and SB 478 over the past couple of legislative sessions as major threats to the residential, single family nature of our communities and as direct threats to local control of our communities.

As early as Monday, the state Assembly will hear and take action on these bills. The attached information from LA Councilmember Paul Koretz is being distributed to our members so individual neighborhood councils can take action. If so desired, contact your state assemblymember and register your position on these bills.

I know this is short notice, but things can move at a snail’s pace and then explode in our state legislature. Thank you for your consideration and quick response.

Jill Banks Barad-Hopkins, Chair

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this could be your neighborhood

There is currently a battle underway to overturn local zoning and allow developers free reign to build in such a way that would change the character of our communities.

To find out more, watch this 30 minute presentation from United Neighbors. Some of their key points include:

Land speculation occurs when we allow more value to land because we allow more density on it. The housing placed on this land in never affordable.

The SB 9 & 10 bills say they are focused on building affordable housing, but both of these bills do not include affordable housing.

You might ask yourself, what is the purpose of adding density when they do not create affordable housing?

Our power grid is rated D-, but these bills do not require any improvements to the power grid, gas lines, water or sewer lines

No garage parking is required.

These bills will cause a decrease of urban tree canopy and increase storm water run off. Builders would be able to remove all the live oaks in the area to be built upon.

Here is an example of how a neighborhood could be changed:

Changed neighborhood

From 10 houses on a block, there are potentially 31, with no additional parking.

“Los Angeles is increasingly a city that is owned not by people but by corporate entities of all kinds. Nearly 67% of all residential units in the city are directly owned by investment entities.
The same is true of 22 sq miles of vacant lots, a massive amount of land going undeveloped to benefit corporations and a small class of investors. With only a tiny fraction of people having investments of any kind, this massive concentration of ownership represents a speculative property market set up to build wealth for the few, not the many.” UCLA Report

affects all communities

SB 15 on the other hand allows communities to rezone big box buildings into affordable housing.

What can you do? Contact your legislators and tell them to vote no. Find your legislator here:

Call in on June 22 to voice your opinion.  Here is how: