MAY 31, 2019
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CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOUSING
Legislative and regulatory efforts to combat climate change are a major priority for political leadership both locally and statewide. Governor Newsom has promised to establish California as the leader in the fight against climate change. It should be noted that even though California is the fifth largest economy in the world, the state emits less than 1% of global greenhouse gases (GHG).
In contrast, California ranks top in the United States for poverty and homelessness – both of which are largely attributable to the housing supply shortage and sky high housing prices that are nearly 3 times above the national average. Balancing climate change efforts should not negatively impact housing needs. We offer solutions to these issues in our Housing Emergency Response Kit (HERK) page, “ Climate Change and Housing ”.
Click here for HERK web page
Click here for Climate Change and Housing page
HOUSING SPOTLIGHT: COMING SOON
Discover a community of brand new homes in the heart of historic Highland Park, an awesomely eclectic neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles, California. Just a few miles up the 110 from downtown LA and just south of Pasadena, Arroyo HP is ideal for those seeking a strollable urban setting. The gastropubs, art galleries, and unique boutiques of York Boulevard are a walk away, as is the Metro Gold Line, making a car-free commute an easy and eco-friendly option. Arroyo HP offers three and four story small lot homes ranging from approximately 1,666 to 2,250 square feet. All homes feature contemporary architecture and modern finishes—with spacious balconies or expansive rooftop decks adding incredible outdoor living space . Learn more here .

Learn more about BIA-LAV's Encourage Creative Housing Opportunities HERK page here .
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
LA COUNTY VOTES TO PASS THE SEA ORDINANCE
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed the Significant Ecological Areas (SEA) Ordinance. BIA-LAV's Director of Government Affairs,  Diana Coronado , testified in "opposition unless amended" to the measure. BIA-LAV has been working on this ordinance for several years and t hanks to your feedback some issues - like an exemption for the Antelope Valley Area Plan have been adopted. Our other recommendations were not addressed. The SEA Ordinance will add unnecessary increases in regulatory hurdles and costs to housing. Unfortunately, the County is not evaluating this orindnace's impact on housing production and housing affordability, potentially hurting housing stock for all. Read our letter here .

Learn more about BIA-LAV's Climate Change and Housing HERK page here .
LA COUNTY SUSTAINABILITY PLAN COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED FOR SANTA CLARITA VALLEY
Over the last several months BIA-LAV has been engaged in the County's effort to draft a sustainability plan, entitled “ OurCounty ”. The draft plan was released in April and public comment closed on May 24th. However, the Santa Clarita Valley received an extension for public comment, until June 14th, due to lack of engagement from the Chief Sustainability Office. The area received a presentation on the Draft Plan on Thursday May 30th, wherein BIA-LAV was in attendance. Read BIA-LAV's Comment Letter here .

Learn more about BIA-LAV's Climate Change and Housing HERK page here .
Last month, the IRS released new regulations for opportunity zones (OZ). Opportunity zones provide tax incentives for investors with capital gains to invest in underserved areas affected by poverty and unemployment. To elaborate on this effort, this past January, BIA-LAV hosted an OZ Workshop with our national organization, the National Association of Home Builders ( NAHB ). NAHB has updated their resources page to reflect the updates proposed last month. You can visit the page to learn about OZ incentives here .

Should you have any questions, please contact BIA-LAV Director of Government Affairs, Diana Coronado
THANK YOU TO OUR NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS
NEWSWORTHY
Open Forum: How do we solve our housing crisis in California?
"As intuitive as it sounds, we need to stop adding to the cost of building a house . No new fees, no new land development regulations, no new code requirements, no new costs of any kind. Despite legislative leaders of both parties being committed to addressing the housing crisis, several legislators continue to propose laws that would add cost, complexity and confusion to the home-building process."
In need of teacher housing, more California school districts building their own ( Mercury News)

A little-noticed zoning twist is set to spark a home-building boom in L.A. ( LA Times )
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REBATE FOR BUILDING INDUSTRY
Southern Californians can now get $2 for every square foot of thirsty grass they replace with more water efficient sustainable landscaping, up to $10,000. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California launched its new turf replacement program in April, doubling its rebate and approving other changes to make it easier to participate. For more information and to apply, visit bewaterwise.com .  
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