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Support Opposition to SB827 at Berkeley Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Bay resident
Location Details:
2134 MLK Jr Way
Berkeley City Council Chambers
2nd Floor

Speak in opposition to Scott Weiner's SB827, a giveaway land-grab for big tech and luxury development. Tell Berkeley city government to sign a letter against SB827. This bill won't just transform the Bay Area; show solidarity with Los Angeles progressive groups that are fighting against the gentrification that SB827 will bring.

The council agenda item is currently listed as being on the consent calendar, however it will likely be moved to action where people can give public statements.

Many California cities with various socio-political backgrounds have written statements against SB827. Now it is Berkeley's turn to show their opposition against this bill.
Added to the calendar on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 7:43PM

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Regardless of highly visible "Silicon Valley" support for SB827 and similar state-level efforts and laws to force densification on California single family zones--such laws may begin the GREAT EXODUS of major corporations, private-family business, wealthy and middle class households out of the state. Any economic decline in California will negatively impact support for and progress on green space development and ambitious environmental goals in both California and the nation as a whole!

Very high tax and regulatory burdens (many I personally support!) so far have not led to such an economic and social decline--but forced densification bills like SB827 will negatively impact venture capitalists, college professors, CEOs, business owners and countless others literally where they choose to live with their families.

Countless times I have been told by people -- both conservative and liberal -- that but for the love of their home, neighborhood and community they/their resources would leave the state due to its "challenges." Now, the prospect of block-busting state laws removes their ability to literally govern their own neighborhoods/communities. (Also, destroys incentives to maintain/improve single family housing stock in communities subject to forced densification.)

State-level central control forced densification laws like SB827 will sever/break this last binding attachment to long term residency in the State among an irreplaceable critical mass wealth and economic resources--first a trickle then mass exodus and economic decline from a "self-inflicted wound" imposed on the people by arrogant state leadership.

Once the negative consequences (or "BLESSINGS" from a Texan perspective) are realized and set in motion they will be very very hard to reverse.

Perhaps a voter-rebellion led anti-densification initiative(s) could save the state from the damage of these proposed laws! Otherwise with the exodus/decline the debate shifts to which states--including Texas, Washington, Oregon and Colorado--will benefit most from the Great State of California's stumble.

What high tax burdens and regulations failed to wreck and disassemble--overreach in the form of forced densification laws may ultimately set in motion (and the Texans cheer!). Social and economic decline and failure in California will undermine the national and global standing of the California economic, social and environmental model--we must prevent this!
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