SACRAMENTO – Inglewood Assemblymember Tina McKinnor has presented her first bill as a member of the state legislature which passed committee 7-0. The bill would mandate local cities provide annual reports on its housing stock, while removing a key component of reimbursement of certain costs to school districts.
AB 1743 centers around requiring local agencies to provide an annual report on the number of housing applications received, and the number of units either approved or disapproved in the prior year.
The bill would additionally require the planning agency to include in the annual report the number of units that have received a certificate of occupancy in the prior year, as specified. By requiring a planning agency to include additional information in its annual report, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
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The bill was initially introduced by Riverside Asm. Jose Medina in January of this year.
In Inglewood particularly, affordable housing developers are getting pushback from the City’s Economic Development/Planning Department who is allegedly routinely rejecting development of affordable housing.
Inglewood pivoted from providing affordable housing when the council approved an amended version of the Hollywood Park Specific Plan that was allocated $40 million in tax credits to build affordable housing. When the council approved the amended version in early 2015, the developer came to the council meeting where the NFL stadium was up for approval and specifically stated the City declined affordable housing at the Hollywood Park site and only wanted market-rate rent.
When asked about the existence of the affordable housing credits, which were detailed in a USC student run newspaper, the mayor routinely declines to answer.
In nearby Hawthorne, the city council continues to approve developer Mohamad Pournamdari plans to expand his real estate holdings to the chagrin of the North Hawthorne Community Associations objections. Pournamdari owns several businesses at the intersection of Imperial and Prairie and has an unfinished housing project in the 3700 block of Imperial Hwy.
For cities to be concerned with housing it is unclear why Hawthorne and Inglewood allow residential units to sit vacant, for years, penalty free.
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