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What is SB 827?

SB 827 (and related bills: SB 828 and SB 829) are bills put forth to the State of California Senate on January 4, 2018 by State Senator Scott Wiener (11th Senate District, encompassing San Francisco and parts of San Mateo County).

These bills are intended to address California's housing crisis, soaring housing costs, traffic gridlock and climate change.

If passed, SB 827 would force cities to allow taller buildings near transit. It would apply to the half mile (new residencial buildings must be greater than 85 feet) surrounding every LA Metro station, BART station, Caltrain stop or other rail hub, and a quarter of a mile (new residencial buildings must be greater than 55 feet) around bus stops with frequent bus service.

YES, this would impact Spaulding Square as our single-family neighborhood is within a quarter of a mile of the Metro bus stop at Sunset & Fairfax. It would nullify our HPOZ and allow development of this scale within the neighborhood!.

Cities could not use lower height or density limits to reject projects proposed within those areas or require off-street parking.

You can read the bill text here  /  You can read Scott Wiener's announcement here

If SB 827 Passes - This Will Be Its Impact on Us

1. Strip us local residents and officials of our ability to address, manage and establish our local neighborhood zoning needs and be forced to a One-Zoning-Plan-Fits-All TOP-DOWN State mandate that will result in the destruction of our and other single family neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

2. Lead to the construction of immense apartment complexes near our neighborhood that will not result in affordable housing for the low-income but rather result in developers selling or renting at a premium due to their proximity to our neighborhood and this designated transit. It would also lead to the displacement of existing low-income residents currently near transit stations

3. Create an immense, minimal-oversight windfall for developers who will not be required to provide any off-street parking; provide any additional low-income housing over and above what is currently, locally required and, can be built with minimum design standards and limited public input.

4. Lead to gentrification of lower-income neighborhoods by incentivizing high-end construction resulting in the eventual displacement of low-income residents.

5. Result in subsequent housing densification and population growth increasing the risk of adverse impact on our neighborhood and surrounding areas including:

  • the environment including air quality, noise and inner-city trees and vegetation
  • public health and safety
  • traffic congestion
  • infrastructure
  • utilities (water supply)
  • public services (schools)
  • views
  • sunlight
  • privacy
  • neighborhood character and quality of life
Moreover, there is no funding for studying these impacts.

Finally, SB 827 would create additional, unfunded burden and costs on the City of Los Angeles's infrastructure. An example is the exemption to developers from providing parking in these new residential buildings. The bill would mandate more intensive building and infrastructure yet not provide any funds to offset this burden on local agencies. This despite the requirement of the California State Constitution that any costs incurred by local agencies, as a result of State legislative action, must be reimbursed by the State. The bill's authors attempt to avoid this requirement by declaring that local agencies and school districts can levy service charges, fees or assessments sufficient to pay for infrastructure mandated by this bill. The bill's authors make this claim by falsely misrepresenting Section 17556 of the Government Code. This is a gross misinterpretation of the constitutional requirement for a couple of realities:

First, no local agency or school district has the authority to levy fees or assessments on the scale say pay for parking structures, new sidewalks, streetlights and additional police and fire.

Second, these local entities cannot raise the necessary funds (taxes) without two-thirds vote of the eclectorate. The idea that communities would have to sponsor special tax levies to pay for unwanted top-down mandated housing densification is certainly draconian and most likely illegal.

In Summary:

This bill is reckless in its disregard for single family neighborhoods in Los Angeles. In one fell swoop there would be a massive, gradual transfer of equity from individual homeowners to developers and multiple-dwelling owners. This is especially true for neighborhoods that have worked very hard to preserve and maintain not only their homes but the quality of life within their neighborhoods. Such efforts have resulted in a quality-improvement spillover effect on areas near such neighborhoods. This can be seen in reduced crime, reduced pollution and area community activism that supports thriving area business and community security. All of this results in a healthy community and equally important, a healthy tax base that not only benefits The City of Los Angeles but the State of California at-large.

What may work in San Francisco does not work in here Los Angeles.

Take Action to protect Spaulding Square!

Actions you can take now:

1. Sign the petition opposing SB 827. You can access the petition here.

2. Email friends and neighbors and ask them to protect our single family neighborhoods and sign the petition. Copy and paste this link and include in your email:

We need as many folks as possible to sign this petition.

3. Join the Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association. The neighborhood could use your vocal, hands-on and financial support as we work together to improve and protect our historic and unique neighborhood. See how to join below in Join Us.

4. Call, write and email our elected officials and let them know you oppose SB 827:

  • Our District 4 Councilman: David Ryu
  • Our City of Los Angeles Mayor: Eric Garceti
  • Our District 26 Senator: Ben Allen
  • Our District 50 Assembly Person: Richard Bloom
  • Our District 3 County Supervisor: Sheila Kuehl
To quickly locate our elected officials contact information - complete this City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Info form.


Forthcoming: list of bill press coverage

Join Us

Residents of Spaulding Square are encouraged to support the activities of the Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association by paying annual dues.

Have you joined Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association yet for this year? Suggested annual dues are $35.00 per household.

Make checks payable to Spaulding Square Neighborhood Assoc. and send to:

     Spaulding Square Neighborhood Assoc.
     P.O. Box 46580
     Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Community Map

A resource for Spaulding Square Residents, sponsored by the Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association.

Spaulding Square is a small residential oasis consisting of about 160 single family homes in Hollywood, California. The Square is named after Southern California developer Albert Starr Spaulding, who developed the eight block area between 1916 and 1926. Most of the early residents were silent film stars and directors.

Many of the homes in Spaulding Square are early Colonial-style bungalows, although you will also see examples of other period revival styles such as Italian Renaissance, English, Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial, Prairie, and Craftsman.

In 1993, Spaulding Square was designated a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) by the city of Los Angeles, thus preserving its very special ambiance and assuring the preservation of the architecture

Spaulding Square Neighborhood Google Map



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