City takes positions on housing, environment, justice bills

The Santa Clarita City Council considered environmental, housing and justice issues when it took several state and federal law positions on Tuesday night.

Members of the council vote for legislation as part of an agenda consent calendar featuring various business items.

Of the four legislative bills opposed by the council, two (SB12 and SB778) are trying to break into land-use area management.

SB 12 proposes to limit development in these areas using very high fire risk zoning.

Municipalities such as the city of Santa Clarita are building new homes or increasing occupancy in very high fire risk zones unless the city can demonstrate compliance with the “wildfire risk reduction standards” established by the proposal. You are not allowed to approve the construction. law.

The bill passed its original home, the Senate, but failed to clear the Parliamentary Housing and Community Development Commission in a vote held on July 12.

The committee unanimously voted to review the bill at a later date.

SB 778 states that “local governments will convert commercial, industrial, retail, or other vacant spaces within existing multipurpose or multifamily home structures to attached residential units within 60 days. (ADU) “, according to a report from a city official.

The bill awaits the referral of the committee in Congress after it has been approved by the Senate. Similarly, SB 679, which forms an affordable housing solutions agency in Los Angeles County, received a negative vote from the council.

The proposed 18-member organization has the authority to issue public debt and tax county residents to fund affordable housing construction. The proposed bill also requires that 70% of the funds raised by the agency be allocated to the four most populous cities in the county, including Santa Clarita.

The city council voted against SB262 on the issue of justice, “waiving monetary bail for all misdemeanors and certain felony crimes, as outlined in the law,” the city report explained.

Serious and violent felony, domestic violent crimes, and certain other felony crimes require bail under this proposed law. However, trespassing, public drunkenness, fraud, shoplifting properties not exceeding $ 950, and other misdemeanors do not require bail.

The bail bill is nearing final approval as it heads for the Parliamentary Expenditure Commission.

Members of the council endorsed SB619. The state imposes penalties on local governments for failing to comply with regulations that help the state achieve its goal of setting a methane emission reduction target of 75% reduction in landfill disposal of organic waste at 2014 levels. If possible, the bill will be postponed to 2025.

Instead of January 1, 2022, the state has the authority to issue penalties from the first day of 2023.

SB 619 was recently unanimously approved by the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources. It will then be heard by the Parliamentary Expenditure Committee.

The council also voted to support the Rim of the Valley Corridor Conservation Act, a federal bill drafted by Dianne Feinstein, California.

The bill will be more than twice as large as the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which includes the mountains surrounding the city.

In Santa Clarita, the land between the Angeles National Forest and State Highway 14 will be part of 191,000 acres in addition to the existing 154,000 acres.

According to the city’s report, the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Commission will discuss the bill last month and will meet again at a later date to consider changes and approvals.

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