On October 10, 2022, the state’s Housing and Community Development Department certified Culver City’s Housing Element Update (“HEU”). The council majority finally won, or did they?
Why does this matter? The next council majority will be making future decisions about zoning, regulatory, and housing matters. If Alex Fisch and Freddy Puza are elected they will control the process along with Yasmine-Imani McMorrin.
What does the state want? The state wants more housing units but this council’s plans provide 223% over what the state calls for. The State’s requirements could be easily met without changing the zoning for residential neighborhoods, and more importantly not eliminating State protections against speculation, renter protections, and owner occupancy requirements.
Which homes are most likely to disappear? Older homes, properties that have not been recently developed, and affordable rental properties. Based on economics, no affordable housing units would be built on expensive residential land. It doesn’t pencil out for the builder. Say goodbye to the original houses, the quadplexes built for studio workers, the working class homes that sprouted in Culver’s neighborhoods. State Bill 9 (SB9) allows a duplex and up to two ADUs to replace all single family homes in Culver City, but it contains significant renter protections and speculator restrictions which would be wiped out by the Council elimination of R1/single family zoning.
In multi-family neighborhoods the quaint small duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes will be targeted by real estate speculators and developers who want to turn a quick profit.
What you can do:
Vote on Nov. 8.
It’s time to vote for people who will reach out to the entire community, people who will make decisions based on facts not ideology, people whose concentration is on what Culver City and its residents need to live safely, active solutions to deal with homelessness and intelligent decisions about housing rights and regulations.
Too much time has been wasted by the council majority on planning to change residential areas when they should have been laser focused on assisting construction where the inclusion of affordable housing actually makes sense.
VOTE FOR DAN O’BRIEN AND DENICE RENTERIA
Resident and President of Culver City Neighbors United