Dear Editor – Time to End Exclusion

Dear Editor,

On Monday May 10th, Culver City for More Homes will call on our City Council to agendize a discussion about ending exclusionary zoning in Culver City. We urge you to join us.

Exclusionary zoning is currently legal in Culver City, and it prohibits the construction of multifamily housing options like duplexes, triplexes, and quad-plexes, as well as townhomes and apartments, in the wealthiest parts of our community. This makes it impossible for newcomers to Culver City with fewer financial resources to live in those neighborhoods. This by-design housing scarcity has caused an affordability crisis. It is exacerbating the growing jobs/housing imbalance between the number of workers in town and the number of homes we have.

Exclusionary zoning is worsening Culver City’s economic and racial and socio-economic diversity, and it is also damaging the planet. Because the creation of additional housing in such a large part of our residential community is prohibited by exclusionary zoning, the vast majority of those who work in Culver City will be doomed to endure grueling, carbon-emitting commutes from distant homes. And it is much more desirable for public health to create denser, more walkable neighborhoods, because they enjoy higher rates of public transit use than what is possible in single-family zones.

At the May 10th City Council meeting, Culver City will have the opportunity to take the lead in housing legalization, improved social equity, climate resiliency, and can serve as an example that can be replicated in communities with similar job-rich, transit-rich opportunities; while addressing housing needs and challenges.

Please go to to read our full report on the history and harms of exclusionary zoning in Culver City. And then please join us at the City Council meeting on May 10th as we call for an end to exclusionary zoning.

Patrick Meighan
Culver City for More Homes

The Actors' Gang


  1. I fail to see how zoning to allow for multi million dollar condos to be built in areas that once housed single family residents will do anything to create additional inclusiveness in our already diverse community, or to provide affordable housing to our growing homeless issue. This is the latest of docket items in favor of no one other than developers. This initiative does NOTHING to improve our community or meet state affordable housing requirements. NOTHING.

  2. Why not? It seems to me that the city could easily require that if a single family home is replaced with a fourplex rental, that one if those four must be rented at an “affordable” rate. We have replaced one unit with four, this quadrupling the housing on that space, and added an affordable unit to the city’s inventory.

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