Show support for housing at 333 S La Cienega
Jesse Creed is running against the incumbent, Paul Koretz, in LA City Council District 5. In the past week, they’ve both decided to oppose the mixed use development at 333 S. La Cienega that would create 14 affordable units for low income families as well as 140 market rate units. Let’s let them know that we want a candidate who supports housing, both on this project and for years to come! If we make enough noise, there’s a good chance that one of them will take notice and change their position. Click here to send an email and let them know you support housing in LA!
Click Here to Let Paul Koretz and Jesse Creed Know You Support Housing!
Vote for CA Democratic Delegates this weekend!
The California Democratic Party is holding their elections for Delegates this weekend. It takes only about 15 minutes to cast your vote! The Delegates decide who the Party will endorse for all statewide offices, which means they have a lot of power to influence state politics (with big implications for housing policy). However, only a few hundred people vote in each assembly district, so a few votes can make a big difference to make sure pro-housing candidates carry the day!
The election for assembly district 50 will be held at the Santa Monica Library on Sunday, January 8th from 1-3pm. The easiest way to find out who is pro-housing is to show up and listen to the candidates’ speeches, but click here for info on the grassroots slate and here for info on the progressive slate.
The election for assembly district 54 will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building from 1:30-4pm. Click here for info on the progressive future slate and here for info on the progressive slate.
To find out which assembly district you’re in, click here. Even if you aren’t in AD 50 or 54, all ADs are hosting their elections this weekend, so click here for more info on the election location in your district.
Submit input for LA’s ADU ordinance
We have a rare opportunity to improve L.A.’s rules to allow more residents to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs), sometimes also called a ‘granny flat,’ ‘backyard home,’ or ‘second unit’. These second units can help residents house their family members, earn rent to afford their mortgage, and add new housing units to help relieve LA’s housing crisis.
Los Angeles City is currently updating its ordinance that regulates ADUs in response to new state laws. This past September, Gov. Brown signed landmark Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) legislation to make it easier for property owners to build an accessory dwelling. for The state legislation will remove some barriers. Starting January 1st, anyone in California may convert any existing accessory structure (such as a garage) into a dwelling unit, as long as it meets safety code standards, has a setback sufficient for fire safety and it doesn’t exceed 1,200 square feet. If covered parking was removed by the dwelling unit conversion, it need only be replaced by parking on existing driveways or setback areas.
But it is crucial that LA pass a good local ordinance. Cities still retain some control over where ADUs are allowed, how big they can be, and parking requirements for second units. The details of the LA ordinance will determine where it is legal and feasible to build second homes.