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Meeting on SB 50 - referendum and initiative

From: domainremoved <Gary>
Date: Sun, 5 May 2019 19:11:27 +0000 (UTC)

City Councilmembers: I see online that there is a joint meeting of 3 city councils at Palo Alto City Hall at 5:30 p.m. today (Sunday) regarding SB 50 and other housing bills in Sacramento. On my cell phone, the email address for the entire EPA Council is not apparent; so I am sending this email just to EPA Mayor Gauthier for distribution to the EPA Council. The agenda states that Menlo Park Mayor Mueller will attend today's joint meeting from halfway to Washington DC where I assume he is rushing the unredacted version of his MUELLER REPORT to Congress.                     Some things are more important than SB 50 - but not to your jobs as city councilmembers. As you know, SB 50 would authorize developers to build 4-8 story condos and apartments (their choice) wherever they manage to assemble land in most of your cities and in much of urban and suburban California. I last opined locally about SB 50 in the April 26 issue of the Mountain View Voice - suggesting cities and counties try to negotiate the provisions of any new state law on the subject but get ready to undertake a statewide referendum if SB 50 is signed into law and an initiative constitutional amendment.                           SB 50 already has been amended to divide and conquer California. As just amended, the midrise housing provisions would only apply in the 15 most populous counties. Any excluded county is just in line for state preemption in a later bill. Cities and counties can stand together or fall apart.    As to an initiative state constitutional amendment, I borrow an idea from the placement of statutory guarantees of access to public records and meetings into the state constitution (to stop the erosion of those statutes). Add to Article 11 of the California Constitution a new section 16 which reads: "The statutory authority of cities and counties over land use within their jurisdictions in effect on January 1, 2019 is henceforth rhe constitutional authority of cities and counties. No state statute abridging that constitutional authority shall take effect unless approved by voters in a general statewide election.                                                          Best wishes, Gary Wesley, resident of Mountain View (408-882-5070) gary.wesley_at_(domainremoved)
Received on Sun May 05 2019 - 12:08:12 PDT

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