The City of Yorba Linda and the League of California Cities are encouraging residents to oppose a new housing bill that strips local control and takes decisions away from Yorba Linda residents. California SB 423 (Wiener) would greatly expand SB 35 provisions and eliminate its 2026 sunset date. This measure would double-down on the recent trend of the state overriding its own mandated local housing plans by permanently forcing cities to approve certain housing projects without regard to the needs of the community, opportunities for environmental review, or public input. Furthermore, this bill will strip local communities of nearly all important land use decisions. The City of Yorba Linda supports local control and the rights for community input regarding traffic, parking, and other potential development impacts. Local elected officials, as well as members of the community, must have an opportunity to weigh in on such decisions, so that the full extent of the local impacts of proposed projects can be considered.
You can help the City oppose SB 423 by submitting an Opposition Letter (.docx) to the California Legislature Position Letter Portal (preferred), and also emailing a signed letter to our local legislative offices included in “CC” of the sample letter. You can also view the City of Yorba Linda’s opposition letter (PDF).