Scott Wiener’s SB 592 and Skinner’s SB 330

Great work, all! We stopped state Sen. Wiener’s bizarre effort to hand developers tremendous power over city officials and local communities! Wiener’s awful “gut and amend” bill, SB 592, got killed on Friday, Sept 13th!

Let’s celebrate by STOPPING SB 330, written by Wiener’s acolyte, Nancy Skinner. SB 330 silences community review of luxury housing projects and encourages developers to sue taxpayers for $50,000 per denied unit — if their plan gets rejected by a city.

SB 330 is so off-point it passed the legislature by just one vote this week. It is hated by Dems & Republicans alike.

OUR ASK OF YOU IS: Urge Gov. Newsom to veto SB 330!

• Please send an email RIGHT NOW to Gov. Newsom at this address:

• Please call the governor Wednesday during working hours at: (916) 445-2841

Choose from 2 messages below or write your own! Email Newsom NOW and call him Monday!

Message 1)

Dear Gov. Newsom, SB 330 by Nancy Skinner silences the most vulnerable and sensitive communities in thousands of communities, from South Los Angeles to the Mission District, by banning all but five public hearings on controversial projects.

Sen. Skinner is poorly informed, blaming the housing shortage on slowdowns that she thinks are being caused by the Los Angeles City Neighborhood Council review system and other neighborhood boards from San Diego to Santa Ana to Long Beach to the Bay Area.

Skinner, caught up in Wiener’s goal of stripping local determination from cities and communities, has ignored the breadth of reality in California. She does not realize that neighborhood councils and boards are the TOP NEGOTIATORS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING in working-class, sensitive, and middle-class communities across our state.

Please veto SB 330, a law that will jam up the state courts with developer v. city lawsuits, slow down — not speed up — approval of housing, and silence crucial local-knowledge input.

Message 2)

Dear Gov. Newsom, I urge you to veto SB 330 by Nancy Skinner, which barely made it off the floor and was opposed by Democrats and Republicans alike because it creates far more problems that solutions.

Berkeley Law has proved, in its deep recent study here, that California cities are on a hot streak, approving housing in a very fast two years. Sen. Skinner ignored Berkeley Law, bringing ill-informed allies to a key Senate Committee, to testify that housing approval is taking 4 to 10 years. That testimony was untrue. Bad data is precedent for bad law.

As Embarcadero Institute has clearly shown, California cities are roaring past their “RHNA” requirementsfor housing approvals. Berkeley Law is right. Embarcadero Institute is right. Sen. Skinner is wrong.

SB 330 requires zero affordable units, kills public hearings in sensitive communities and piles up the lawsuits between cities and developers. It does NOTHING to hurry housing along. It likely does the opposite. Please veto SB 330.

sb330 Status and Electronic Petition to OPPOSE :

Map of Affected Cities Under sb330

The bill will be voted on in the Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly on August 21st.  Please sign and forward the petition to friends, family and contacts before 8/28/2019.




SB-330 Housing Crisis Act of 2019



Great Article on why sb330 is sb50's evil twin    PDF Version

We opposed this bill because it will supercede local control of housing issues.

Please sign the petition and forward it to friends and neighbors.

Please read the entire text of sb330.  It overrides local control of planning decisions made by the Community Planning Groups, City, and County of San Diego.  This means that the only existing recognized voice of the public (Community Planning Groups) would lose control over where, how much, and when new housing is built in our communities.

The maps below show the Designated TPAs where sb330 applies.

Use this tool to see if your neighborhood will be wiped-out by sb50 that is now state law.

Designated TPAs in San Diego County
Designated TPAs in Clairemont
Designated TPAs in La Jolla
Areas in Blue to be Suspended
Below is the text of the bill that is pertinent to loss of voter control:
This bill, until January 1, 2025, with respect to land where housing is an allowable use, except as specified, would prohibit a county or city, including the electorate exercising its local initiative or referendum power, in which specified conditions exist, from enacting a development policy, standard, or condition, as defined, that would have the effect of
(A) changing the land use designation or zoning of a parcel or parcels of property to a less intensive use or reducing the intensity of land use within an existing zoning district below what was allowed under the general plan or specific plan land use designation and zoning ordinances of the county or city as in effect on January 1, 2018;
(B) imposing or enforcing a moratorium on housing development within all or a portion of the jurisdiction of the county or city, except as provided;
(C) imposing or enforcing new design standards established on or after January 1, 2018, that are not objective design standards, as defined; or
(D) establishing or implementing certain limits on the number of permits issued by, or the population of, the county or city. The bill would, notwithstanding these prohibitions, allow a city or county to prohibit the commercial use of land zoned for residential use consistent with the authority of the city or county conferred by other law.
The bill would state that these prohibitions would apply to any zoning ordinance adopted or amended on or after January 1, 2018, and that any zoning ordinance adopted, or amendment to an existing ordinance or to an adopted general plan or specific plan, on or after that date that does not comply would be deemed void.
The bill would state that these prohibitions would prevail over any conflicting provision of the Planning and Zoning Law or other law regulating housing development in this state, except as specifically provided. The bill would also require that any exception to these provisions, including an exception for the health and safety of occupants of a housing development project, be construed narrowly. The bill would also declare any requirement to obtain local voter approval for specified purposes related to housing development against public policy and void.


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