Resources & Organizations Working to assure Local Control of Land Use & Zoning

Oct 23rd "Carmel-by-the-Sea meets Sacramento - Town Hall"
with State Senator Laird and Assemblywoman Dawn Addis where we explored
updates and challenges in recent Housing Legislation
For more details and video - click here.

Sacramento's HCD Housing Element - Incentives & Consequences 1 pager HERE 

As of Oct 12 2023, Senate Bill 423 was signed into law by our Governor.  This bill expands the reach of the State overriding local control, with penalties and more.  Here is a link to this Bill as a PDF.  Here is an article sumarizing this Bill.   

  • Here is a list of 56 housing bills signed by Newsom in October 2023 that continue to remove local control.
  • And Here is a list of 19 housing legislation bills signed by Newsom in October of  2019
  • And HERE is a summary of the 2023 Californa Housing Legislation, authored by prohousing non-profit Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley

INDEPENDENT RESOURCES  independent efforts, resources and groups who are against the desification in our communities and pushing back on California State's Local Land Use & Zoning Laws, and the California State HCD & RHNA requirements and penalties. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Region's throughout California have different deadlines for their approved Housing Element submissions and approals.  Many cities have already contested their RHNA #'s and/or have also missed their deadlines for an approved Housing Element. Other cities are engaged in litigation with the State on this issue. So as you explore press and online content, remember that our Village deadline for a completed & approved report is April 24, 2024 (the Monterey County deadline to request adjustment to our Carmel-by-the-Sea #349 housing units requirements has passed.)

Suggested Video Content 

THIS video is the ONE worth your time. Christine Epperly is interviewed by California Insider. She goes through the major laws, RHNA and Housing Elements etc.   This is EXCELLENT listening.
This next video is produced January 2024 by Calfornia Insider titled California Cities Are Forced to Build 'Unaffordable' Housing
This interview is with John Cruikshank, mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County. He discusses the challenges facing California cities regarding the state housing mandate and the potential problems of government overreach when it comes to improving housing affordability. "Right now the policymakers up in Sacramento don't trust the cities to do their job. And so now they're using the stick or lawsuits to force us into complying with what they have visioned for California," Mr. Cruikshank said. "We're doing this for affordability, but when you start off with already very expensive land, it never pencils out; it would never work.
Once again, this is a California Insider Video addressing the Housing chaos triggered by Sacramento's legilsation, January 2024.  Great viewing HERE, a less than 9 minute summary. 
This next video is from the team at that provides a great summary of the significant housing Bills from Sacramento SB35 and its new successor SB423, as presented by Amy Kalish Aug 7, 2023. For those looking for a quick read - HERE is a PDF of the slide content. 2023_August_CatalystsCA_SB35_SB423.pdf
This video was presented by and Marc Verville on "Is there any fundamental Validity to the RHNA Construct?" a deep dive into a numbers-based view on assertions in current mandates tied to State projections. October 2, 2023

Recommended Reports and Organizations

  1. April 2023 - UC Berkeley's Terner Center for Housing Innovation Report HERE is - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING. To learn about all of the California State Housing Legislation - this is a must read and/or a great reference document.  This provides a 12 page narrative summary, then follows with a 10 page table of all of the (over 100 Senate and Assembly Bills) legislation with very understandable descriptions. Note that this group is "pro-housing" and funded by the same.

  2. Our Neighborhood Voices. Proposed Ballot Initiative for, UPDATE now postponed to Fall 2026 (see this press release and this letter to Attny General), led by efforts. As they pursue support for this initiative with signatures, community support and funding, HERE is their draft ballot measure. Their approach is a California Constitutional Amendment for the 2026 ballot.  If this passes, there won't be a need to reset or resist individual bills as they have been or will be made into law (no whack a mole). There is also a resolution template for cities to officially support the ballot measure HERE. They host weekly interactive Zoom sessions and many other tools and subject matter experts to help inform and engage every Wednesday at 6PM. 

  3. Catalysts for Local Control is another grass roots organization with a mission to "Promote solutions for affordable housing that honor safety, homeownership, the environment, reliable infrastructure, and the wishes of the neighbors and communities in which the housing is built".  Their website, contains a plethora of resources, videos and programs including legislation meetings.  They too host weekly interactive Zoom sessions and many other tools and subject matter experts to help inform and engage every Monday at 5PM. 
  4. California Cities for Local Control is an organization that works with City officials throughout California to stop the passage of bills that remove or limit local control. They request each city pass an official resolution supporting "local control", here is their template and here is the listing of current cities with passed resolutions.

  5. League of California Cities They provide many benefits to city leaders, one including educational material to municipalities on topics of interest.  This document addresses the new challenges of Housing Development tied to RHNA.

  6. United Neighbors is a coalition of local communities (primarily So. Cal) pushing back on SB9 & 10 legislation that enables densification throughout our state. This site doesn't look to include the RHNA factors.

  7. California State Auditor Report on RHNA is available HERE.  This internal State audit calls out lack of sufficient reviews and support and identifies needs for further support of its household formation projections.   
    NOTE:  there has been an all new refresh by the State for the State's Population projection #'s which finds the California population will remain flat for this next decade.  Therefore, the RHNA #'s continue to be severely questioned based on the State's research and numbers.  A detailed walk through of these new results, for you number junkies, view this video by Marc Verville Sept 23, 2023.  

Very Relevent & Recent Press Articles

  • HERE Feb 7 in San Francisco Chronicle "Here's what Katie Porter's plan to address the housing crisis - and what experts say about it" (a Federal viewpoint)
  • HERE Feb 7th CalMatters "Los Angeles' one weird trick to build affordable housing at no public costs"
  • HERE Jan 28 by on how "Beverly Hills Home Renovations Blocked by Court Over Lack of Affordable Housing" 
    Note: Beverly Hills does not yet have an approved Housing Element.  
  • HERE Jan 22 by La Jolla Light on "La Jolla preservationists ‘fear’ San Diego initiative that may loosen historic-protection rules for buildings"  
  • HERE Jan from Santa Monica Lookout article "Supercharged Densification With No EIR"  Note: This covers 2024 State Density Bonus Law (AB 1287) went into effect, doubling the size of housing projects that can be built in California.
  • HERE Dec 17 from Cal Matters on how Sacramento is forcing housing requirements  " California plays whack-a-mole with cities resistant to building much-needed housing"
  • HERE Oct 30 is an analysis of the changes from the previouls SB35 to the newly signed SB423 authored by BSWLaw
  • HERE  Sept 28 in Newsgeography   "A Lesson on California Housing from the Billionaires Planning a New City"
  • HERE  Sept 11 & 14 in LA Times "California lawmakers vote to increase housing in cities falling short of construction goals"  Carmel-by-the-Sea is mentioned.

  • HERE Aug 26  in San Jose Mercury News "OPINION: Popular California Housing Narrative Upended by Planning Expert"

  • HERE  Aug 15 "How to Stop SB9 & SB10 and Other Unwanted Building Codes? Support the Our Neighborhood Voices Initiative"

  • HERE  Aug 15, an Amicus Brief  "UCLA Professor and World Planning expert explains why recent ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL housing laws won't actually solve the affordable housing crisis" 

  • HERE Aug 10 in CalMatters "How a Ballot Measure and Population Revisions Complicates California Housing War"

  • HERE June 5  in CalMatters on Builders Remedy  "‘Godzilla next door’: How California developers gained new leverage to build more homes" 

State Assembly and Senate Legislation – significant items

  • CA Code 65589.5-Housing Accountability Act (including Builders Remedy)  
  • SB35-Housing Streamlined Ministerial Approval – signed 2017,
  • SB9-Accessory Dwelling Units Ministerial – Signed 9/16/2021,
  • SB10-Housing Density – Signed 9/16/2021,
  • AB215 - Planning & Zoning Law (RHNA penalties)– signed 9/28/2021,
  • SB423-Land Use: Streamlines Housing Approvals and increases penalties if RHNA #’s are not fulfilled – signed 9/11/2023
  • Here is a list of 56 housing bills signed by Newsom in October 2023 that continue to remove local control.
  • And Here is a list of 19 housing legislation bills signed by Newsom inOctober of  2019