MILL VALLEY, CA, USA, September 15, 2022 / — Faced with recent housing laws that take away local control, some California city councils are rejecting the “our hands are tied” lament. They take actions consistent with the values ​​of the constituents of the communities they have been elected to represent.

In Southern California, the Torrance City Council, along with Carson, Redondo Beach, and Whittier filed a lawsuit (#22STCP01143) on the basis that land use and single-family zoning is a municipal matter. The lawsuit is filed against SB-9 which allows a single-family residence to be subdivided “as of right” into two lots with two units per lot, effectively increasing density by four, with no guarantees of security, parking or infrastructure. A hearing date is set for April 27, 2023.

Two other towns, Lakewood and Rancho Palos Verdes, have also filed a lawsuit against SB-9, but no court date has been set. Both cases are handled by Pam Lee, Aleshire & Wynder.

Mike Griffiths, Torrance City Council Member and Founder of California Cities for Local Control, and John Cruikshank, Rancho Palos Verdes City Council Member, will explain what motivated them to take action and the process for participating in the lawsuit.

In addition to talking about the SB-9 lawsuit, we will also talk about the ongoing lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) based on the state auditor’s report. The auditor revealed that the RHNA methodology is flawed and the housing quotas are unreliable.

The fourth Catalysts Town Hall Zoom meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 21 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Catalysts Town Hall is free and open to the public. You need to register to get the Zoom link.

Recordings of previous Town Hall presentations are available at CatalystsCA website. Previous speakers have included attorney Pam Lee, Aleshire & Wynder, outlining how city councils can join lawsuits to protect themselves against state excesses. The second town hall featured Michael Barnes, a former Albany City Councilman for eight years, who spoke about how California’s housing rating system is manipulated to put cities in check. Bob Silvestri, Founder/Editor of The Marin Post and Founder/President of Community Venture Partners spoke about the housing solutions outlined in a recent article titled “10 things we can do now to promote affordable housing.”

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Susan Kirch
Catalysts for local control
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