The WCC Board voted its support of the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Resolution Opposing California Senate Bill 827 which would abolish local input into land use planning and override recently enacted City of Los Angeles legislation.
This legislation would affect an area in Westwood extending one mile south and one mile north of Wilshire Blvd.
Westwood Community Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 ▪ 7:00 p.m.
Agenda Item #12.B
Westside Regional Alliance of Councils Resolution Opposing California Senate Bill 827 (Wiener)
(The Westside Regional Alliance of Councils “WRAC” is comprised of the 13 Neighborhood and Community Councils representing the Westside of Los Angeles including: Bel-Air–Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council, Brentwood Community Council, Del Rey Neighborhood Council, Mar Vista Community Council, Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa, Pacific Palisades Community Council, Palms Neighborhood Council, South Robertson Neighborhood Council, Venice Neighborhood Council, West L.A.–Sawtelle Neighborhood Council, Westside Neighborhood Council, Westwood Community Council, and Westwood Neighborhood Council.)
WHEREAS, the Westwood Community Council, Inc. (WCC) is the oldest, largest, and broadest-based Westwood community-wide organization, which represents the more than 140,000 stakeholders who live, work, own property, attend school, or participate in a wide variety of organizations within the 90024 and 90095 communities, and includes representatives from business and commercial property owners, merchant and business organizations, Westwood’s business improvement district, the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, four major homeowner associations, apartment and condominium multi-family residential renters and owners, senior citizen residential organizations, K-12 public and private schools, non-profit organizations, religious institutions, volunteer service and civic groups, parks and recreational organizations, veterans and public safety groups, environmental and land use organizations, UCLA undergraduate and graduate students, UCLA faculty and staff, and arts and cultural institutions in the area bounded by Sunset Boulevard on the north, Santa Monica Boulevard on the south, the Beverly Hills border on the east, and the 405 freeway on the west, a geographic area that is located fully within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles; and
WHEREAS, the recently introduced California Senate Bill 827 (Senator Scott Wiener, Democrat, District 11 representing San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City and part of South San Francisco) as written constitutes an authoritarian statewide planning measure that would remove local government control over land use and planning authority within one-half mile of “high-quality transit”; and
WHEREAS, removal of that authority would abolish local input into land use planning; and
WHEREAS, this removal constitutes an attack upon local democracy, local governments, and the citizens of adjacent neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, SB 827 as written, overrides the density bonus and wage provisions of recently enacted local legislation in Los Angeles (namely Measure JJJ) to encourage housing development in Transit Oriented Communities, a measure that received 64% of the popular vote cast and was designed to guarantee housing proximate to transit that would actually be available to working and low-income persons and families in the City of Los Angeles; and
WHEREAS, the Westwood Community Council seeks to find workable solutions to housing shortages on the Westside of Los Angeles; and
WHEREAS, the lack of analysis of infrastructure and other costs associated with this pen-stroke planning proposal creates grave uncertainty that a local agency would be able to “levy enough service charges, fees or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code”; and
WHEREAS, Senator Wiener’s myopic approach to statewide housing needs is colored by the needs of his own district in San Francisco, and is ignorant of housing in a city as complex as Los Angeles; and
WHEREAS, given the aforementioned lack of fiscal analysis, ignorance of the needs of local government to manage land use within their jurisdictions, and violation of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution, the “no reimbursement” (Sec. 3) of the proposed legislation violates the State Constitution:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of the Westwood Community Council emphatically opposes SB 827 and encourages Senator Wiener to rescind this manifestly flawed legislative proposal.