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Calendar >  Senator Bates -“Two Housing Bills Erode Local Democracy and Undermine Single-Family Neighborhoods”

Senator Bates -“Two Housing Bills Erode Local Democracy and Undermine Single-Family Neighborhoods”

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Sacramento, CA — The Times of San Diego published an op-ed from Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) yesterday urging Californians to contact Governor Newsom to veto two housing bills: Senate Bills 9 and 10.

Key excerpts of Senator Bates’ op-ed include:

“Many Californians recognize that increasing the supply of new housing must be part of the solution because supply is not keeping up with demand. However, some in Sacramento want to go farther than just making it easier to build new homes. They want to end single-family zoning and undermine citizen initiatives at the local level, boosting the power of non-residents and special interests at the expense of existing communities.”

“SB 9 would also limit cities from requiring adequate parking at housing projects within one-half mile of public transit. Many households, even those that commute through alternative methods, own at least one vehicle, and any new development must consider this inconvenient reality.”

“I oppose SB 10 because it is not right for local officials to overrule local voters who have successfully approved initiatives to ensure compatible development in their communities.”

“If the Legislature is serious about addressing California’s housing crisis, it will reform the California Environmental Quality Act… I authored SB 1052 in 2018 to require full disclosure of all participating parties in CEQA litigation and remove anonymity from those who file under the aliases of unincorporated associations.”

To read the op-ed in its entirety, click here.

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. 

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