Yesterday we joined the California Association of REALTORS® and our colleagues all over the state for Legislative Day. It started in the morning with a large presentation from CAR on the issues affecting us every day. We also heard from our state leaders including Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk and Governor Gavin Newsom. Because we are a non-partisan organization, we know how to work with everyone, across party lines, so that we can focus on improving housing in our state and get important work done. About 2,300 people listened to the Governor’s speech online today.
Next year, since we expect the pandemic to be in the rear-view mirror by then, we will be in Sacramento in person to meet with our state leaders and remind them about the need to make housing a priority for everyone. If you are interested in participating in Legislative Day in person next year, watch for communications from the Glendale Association beginning next December and January about how to partake.
Meanwhile yesterday, groups of REALTORS® from every community in California met with their local Senators and Assemblymembers. We met with Assemblymember Laura Friedman and Senator Anthony Portantino who represent our area in Sacramento. About 60 people were in each presentation and we talked about some of the critical issues we are facing.
In short, the big problem remains low inventory. This was a problem before the pandemic began and it will continue long after the pandemic is over. Yesterday we brought up two specific bills in Sacramento right now – one of them is very important to helping the housing economy and we hope that it will be approved. Unfortunately, the other bill that we talked about could have a negative effect on housing and bring the growth of new housing units to a stop.
Here are the two bills that will provide more insight.
An act to amend Section 65913.4 of, and to add and repeal Section 65852.23 of, the Government Code, relating to land use.
C.A.R. Supports SB6!
Senate Bill 6 enacts, until January 1, 2029, the “Neighborhood Homes Act,” which establishes a housing development project as an allowable use on a “neighborhood lot,” which is defined as a parcel within a commercial zone where office and retail uses are permitted, so long as the parcel is not adjacent to an industrial use.
A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by amending Section 7 of, and adding Section 5.5 to, Article XI thereof, relating to local government.
C.A.R. Opposes ACA 7!
C.A.R. is OPPOSING ACA 7 (Muratsuchi), which seeks to amend the California State Constitution to permit local preemption of state law as it relates to land use planning and zoning. C.A.R. opposes ACA 7 because it will make it more difficult to build housing at a time when housing is desperately needed.