April 11, 2019
ICYMI in Today’s Los Angeles Times: Inglewood Exhibit A for Necessity of “Three P’s” Approach to Housing Crisis Production — Protection — Preservation
A front page story in today’s Los Angeles Times is a glaring example of why California must adopt the “Three P’s” approach to solving the statewide housing emergency by protecting tenants and preserving housing vital to our neighborhoods while investing in new housing production.
The 2019 California Housing Plan for Production, Preservation, and Protection (“Three P’s”) is a series of policy reforms that will allow the state to build more housing at all income levels while protecting tenants and low- income communities from unjust evictions and displacement. The approach is championed by a coalition of statewide business, labor, housing, environmental justice and community organizations.
In “Inglewood’s upswing leaves vulnerable residents behind,” Los Angeles Times writer Angel Jennings reports:
But now that Inglewood is on the come up, longtime residents and city officials face a different challenge: Many who have weathered decades of hardship no longer can afford to live there and are being left out of the economic renaissance.
Donald Martin, 67, lost the roof over his head after a new landlord evicted him with just 60 days’ notice from the building he had lived in for almost a decade.
Tomisha Pinson, who lives next door to the new L.A. Rams and Chargers stadium and entertainment complex, received a notice that the monthly rent on her two-bedroom Inglewood apartment would spike from $1,145 to $2,725.
“It makes you feel pushed out, like, ‘We don’t need you guys no more, the upper class is going to be moving in,’” said Pinson, 43, a mother of two who takes in foster children.
As home prices soar and rents rise, Inglewood is struggling to meet its goal of encouraging more investment while trying to preserve one of California’s last remaining African American enclaves.
A 12-bill package of “Three P’s” reforms is gaining momentum in the state capitol. This week AB 68 (Ting), SB 330 (Skinner), AB 1483 (Grayson), AB 1485 (Wicks), AB 1486 (Ting), AB 1487 (Chiu), moved out of key committees; coming on the heels of movement on SB 50 (Wiener), AB 68 and AB 69 (Ting) and SB 18 (Skinner) which received votes to move forward last week. The San Francisco Foundation, and TMG Partners are among the organizations from across California that have united to support the entire Three P agenda to squarely tackle the state’s housing emergency.
The 2019 California Housing Plan for Production, Preservation, and Protection includes:
SB 18 (Skinner) - Improves access to legal counsel and information for renters.
AB 1481 (Bonta) – Eliminates arbitrary evictions, requiring landlords to specify the reason for an eviction.
AB 1482 (Chiu) – Prevents rent-gouging by limiting extreme or unreasonable rent increases.
PRODUCE AND PRESERVE HOUSING
SB 50 (Wiener) - Allows for building housing near existing job centers and public transportation while protecting renters, local government control, and the environment.
SB 330 (Skinner) - Temporarily suspends specific local rules and regulations that are recognized as obstacles to housing production (such as parking and fees), and establishes reasonable time periods for processing housing permits.
AB 68 & 69 (Ting) - Removes barriers to the development of Accessory Dwelling Units across California.
AB 1483 (Grayson) - Improves data collection so California can use its growing investments to deliver on its state, regional, and local goals.
AB 1484 (Grayson) - Prohibits local agencies from imposing fees on housing developments that are not listed on the agency’s website at the time complete applications are accepted.
AB 1485 (Wicks) - Streamlines mixed-income housing development in the 9-County Bay Area.
AB 1486 (Ting) - Expands “surplus” lands available for affordable housing development across the state.
AB 1487 (Chiu) - Creates a new regional housing infrastructure to solve the housing and displacement crisis in the Bay Area.
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