* * * NEWS FLASH * * *

On Tuesday, May 14 the Joint Audit Committee (JAC) approved the request from Sen. Steve Glazer to audit HCD’s Housing Element Reviews Procedures and Oversight.

Catalysts would like to thank:

  • Senator Steve Glazer for his courage to make the request and his well-written request letter to the JAC.
  • Our Lobby Day participants who asked legislators and their aides to support Sen. Glazer’s request.
  • The network of  citizens who sent emails and/or made phone calls to their representatives who are members of the Audit Committee.

Once again, HCD will be under scrutiny for the timeliness, consistency and fair application of its processes and procedures 

Join us on Catalysts Call

 Mondays from 5-6 pm.

This is our weekly Zoom call to talk about housing legislation and strategies to preserve local control. Bring your questions and ideas. Informal networking, announcements, and updates.

PLEASE NOTE: You have to register in advance the first time to get the new Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The Zoom link will work for the rest of the year.

New HCD Recommendations

The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released their anticipated RHNA report, “California’s Housing Future 2040: The Next Regional Housing Needs Allocation”. This report is intended to  give legislators recommendations on how to assess future housing needs.

For an excellent discussion on how all of these “trickle-down economics” ideas got their start and why they are wrong, read the Marin Post article “Paradigm Shift: Rethinking Housing Affordability”  by Bob Silvestri . 

Who We  Are

COMMUNITY CATALYSTS is a statewide grassroots network of current and former elected officials, community volunteer leaders and constituents.

Our Mission

To educate, engage, and empower constituents to participate in local, regional and state housing policy decisions that preserve the American dream of home ownership and the local control of zoning and land use decisions.

2024 Lobby Day in Sacramento 

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024 a group of 21 Catalysts in 4 Teams met in Sacramento and met with legislators and their staff to share our perspectives and advocate for sound housing policy and local control.  See the photos and watch the debriefing video.

2024 TOWN HALL SERIES

The 2024 Town Hall series features guest speakers on topics of legislation, litigation and local control. You can register for the entire series using the button below. You will receive a personal link to the Zoom meeting which is good for the entire series.  

KSVY – The Morning Show

Susan Kirsch is a monthly guest every 3rd Monday at 8:40 am on the Morning Show on Sonoma Radio Station KSVY (91.3 FM) with host Marcia McComber. The 20-minute interviews will be posted on our website.

Here is the interview on March 18, 2024

Here is the interview on April 15, 2024

Amy Kalish Interview on California Insider

2023 Highlights

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Available NOW on Amazon

A History of Catalysts for Local Control tells the story of how constituents concerned about housing and land use planning are organizing and acting to save their communities. They are saying, “Democracy is ours! We have tools and strategies to protect our neighborhoods and communities against a developer / investor land-grab that fails to deliver on the promise of affordable housing.”

Catalysts Institute

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Catalysts Institute. We now have a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is education, research, networking, outreach and leadership development activities, but is limited in political activity.

Donations to the Catalysts Institute ARE tax deductible.

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Court rules Against SB-9

On May 2, 2024 Attorney Pam Lee joined the Catalysts Town Hall to describe the rationale behind this legal challenge to SB-9 and answer questions about the future.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May
27
Mon
2024
5:00 pm Catalysts Call @ Online via Zoom
Catalysts Call @ Online via Zoom
May 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A weekly Zoom call to talk about housing legislation and strategies to preserve local control. Bring your questions and ideas. Informal networking, announcements, and updates. PLEASE NOTE: You have to register in advance the first time to get the new Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The Zoom link will work for the rest of the year. REGISTER
Jun
1
Sat
2024
10:00 am Livable California @ Online via Zoom
Livable California @ Online via Zoom
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A statewide non-partisan group made up of elected officials, nonprofit and organization leaders, and individuals. We advocate for the empowerment of local governments to foster equitable, self-determined communities offering a path for all to a more livable California Teleconferences Every Other Saturday at 10AM: By Invitation only. Register Here
Jun
3
Mon
2024
5:00 pm Catalysts Call @ Online via Zoom
Catalysts Call @ Online via Zoom
Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A weekly Zoom call to talk about housing legislation and strategies to preserve local control. Bring your questions and ideas. Informal networking, announcements, and updates. PLEASE NOTE: You have to register in advance the first time to get the new Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The Zoom link will work for the rest of the year. REGISTER
Jun
10
Mon
2024
5:00 pm Catalysts Call @ Online via Zoom
Catalysts Call @ Online via Zoom
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A weekly Zoom call to talk about housing legislation and strategies to preserve local control. Bring your questions and ideas. Informal networking, announcements, and updates. PLEASE NOTE: You have to register in advance the first time to get the new Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The Zoom link will work for the rest of the year. REGISTER
Jun
15
Sat
2024
10:00 am Livable California @ Online via Zoom
Livable California @ Online via Zoom
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A statewide non-partisan group made up of elected officials, nonprofit and organization leaders, and individuals. We advocate for the empowerment of local governments to foster equitable, self-determined communities offering a path for all to a more livable California Teleconferences Every Other Saturday at 10AM: By Invitation only. Register Here