Current Priority Advocacy Issue: State Zoning and Affordable Housing Bills
The BCC has taken positions against several 2020 State Land Use & Zoning Bills, due to the lack of mandated affordable housing units in any of the bills, in addition to over-broad use of developer ‘in lieu’ fees instead of building affordable housing units. We also believe the lack of environmental review, including traffic studies and public comment, in virtually every Bill, is a hazard to all communities; Finally, the lack of full exemptions for Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones literally endangers our community and many others across the State of California, which has been ravaged by wildfires in recent years.
If you would like to advocate on State Bills, here are some options:
1) Write letters and submit them to the State Portal HERE. The Portal sends your letter to the important State Bill analysts and the committee that will hear the bill. Why is the Portal so important? It’s the only way to ensure your group’s issues are cited in the committee’s reading binder, which every voting member of the Committee receives prior to voting.
2) If you are opposing the 2020 State Zoning Bills, please find a draft letter you can customize at this LINK
3) Email our State Legislators on State Bills. Emails are counted, so please use the Re: line on your email to state the position of your message, for example: RE: Opposition to AB1279
Brentwood State Assemblyman Richard Bloom: email@example.com
CA State Senate President Toni Atkins: firstname.lastname@example.org
CA State Senate Appropriations Committee: email@example.com