Marin IJ Readers’ Forum for Dec. 2, 2021


PUBLISHED: December 1, 2021 at 11:50 a.m. | UPDATED: December 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

The state Legislature needs to compromise on the issue of housing. By overriding the California Constitution and passing numerous housing bills, it has put local control in jeopardy. Members of the Legislature approved the splitting of single-family lots and replacing our homes with two duplexes “by right.” That bypasses local control. And, to enforce this process, Attorney General Rob Bonta has created a “strike force” of lawyers.

As Catalysts for Local Control campaign manager, I think converting single family lots to dual duplexes raises many questions. For example, in a nine-lot neighborhood, the conversion of three lots will double the population. Increasing a nine-family neighborhood to 18 families raises questions. How many more cars will be parked on streets? How many additional students will be enrolled in schools? How many more fire and police personnel are needed? How about the additional traffic? What is the impact on our limited water supply?

I find it unacceptable for our Legislature to pass laws that ban local control of zoning. It is not right to override the Constitution to get a housing bill passed. It is unacceptable for the government to form a team of lawyers to enforce these new discriminatory housing laws.

The Marin Independent Journal published an editorial supporting local control (“AG Bonta’s punitive housing plan will backfire,” Nov. 16). Written by the Southern California News Group editorial board, it emphasized that the state should work collaboratively with local governments.

With these bills, the state has put residents in harm’s way of fire and flooding, restricted the access to emergency services and destroyed single-family neighborhoods without meeting the need for affordable housing. The Legislature is destroying the single-family neighborhood lifestyle that we fought so hard to realize.

— Raymond G. Lorber, San Rafael

Campaign Manager: Catalysts for Local Control San Rafael