gentrification - Crenshaw Mall Redevelopment
Tue March 20, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Crenshaw United Methodist Church
3740 Don Felipe Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Join us on Tuesday to help craft recommendations for the Crenshaw Mall Redevelopment project. Additionally, there will be brief updates on:
- State Senator Scott Wiener's SB 827 - a Declaration of War on South LA
- AD54 Special Election Candidates Positions on SB 827 & Repealing Costa-Hawkins
RSVP now for the meeting
Help Craft Crenshaw Mall Redevelopment Plan Recommendations
The Crenshaw Mall Redevelopment/Gentrification Plan is scheduled to go to the City Council's Planning Land Use and Management Committee sometime in early 2018.
(Read our extensively researched statement on the mall, Crenshaw Mall Redevelopment: 'Urban Cleansing' by Another Name)
We've been progressing in the health impact assessment process for the Crenshaw Mall to assess the displacement impact and propose alternatives to the out-of-town mall developers who plan to add 961 market-rate units that would be completely unaffordable to local residents.
Join us to discuss our preliminary findings and to help craft recommendations.
Opposition to San Francisco's State Sen. Scott Wiener's SB 827 Grows
We were among the first to sound the alarm about San Francisco-area State Senator Scott Wiener's "Statewide Displacement Act," SB 827. Since then, the chorus has grown and now includes powerful voices from all parts of the state.
Read our statement of opposition: SB 827 is a Declaration of War on South LA
SB 827 would MANDATE that every inch of land within a 1/2 mile of a train line or 1/4 mile of a bus stop with bus service that comes at least once every 15 minutes during rush hour allow buildings as high as 55 to 85 feet with no parking requirements and no density limitations. That is practically ALL OF SOUTH LOS ANGELES, and most of the urban centers and communities of color throughout the state from Oakland to East L.A.
This draconian bill, pushed by a pro-gentrification, pro-luxury housing, pro-displacement, real estate industry puppet in Sacramento, and their Astroturf "YIMBY" groups, has rightfully enraged tenant advocacy groups, homeowners associations, social justice organizations, and politicians on all ends of the ideological spectrum.
In Northern California, a Coastal Commissioner called it, "Urban Renewal 2.0" and asked "How does [State Senator Scott Wiener] get to rezone Compton?"
The Berkeley Mayor shared our sentiments calling it: "A declaration of war against our neighborhoods."
Former L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (yes, Zev) said in a lengthy interview:
"This bill has accomplished one thing: It has united tenants’ rights organizations with small businesses and homeowners, all of whom are rising up against this broad-brush approach."
37 L.A.-based organizations including ACCE, the Black Workers Center, Community Coalition, LA CAN and SCOPE sent in a letter of opposition:
"If SB 827 passes, we stand to lose out on tens of thousands of affordable homes near transit and we are putting families who depend on rent stabilization at greater risk of displacement at a time of severe housing and homelessness crises." Environmentalists have come out against the bill pointing to the Sierra Club California's letter of opposition:
"SB 827 will allow for greater development near transit stops. Some of these areas consist of disadvantaged communities that already face extreme pressure from gentrification. By imposing much higher density and taking over zoning from local governments, the bill could result in these communities losing protections that prevent economic pressures from driving people out of their homes, replacing single-family homes with luxury units that are not available to people with moderate or low incomes. The increase in the cost of land from new luxury units can increase rents that further displacement."
L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, who introduced a motion at City Council opposing SB 827, even wrote a letter to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, which unanimously passed a resolution opposing Wiener's bill.
Heck, Wiener's bill is so bad even the pro-development L.A. Times editorial board came out against it:
"By setting blanket height and density increases statewide, the bill, as currently written, could eliminate key affordable housing incentives and protections designed to reduce displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods."
We must keep talking about and resisting this bill until it is killed.
Crenshaw Subway Coalition // 3818 Crenshaw Blvd, Ste 314, LA, CA 90008 // 323.300.6078