Advocacy at the South Bay Association of REALTORS®

GAD Newsletter: Voter resources, Propositions updates, ADU building standards

Have you voted?

“Think of Tuesday, November 3rd as the last day to vote. With so many options to voting early, by mail or in person, we’re really encouraging people to vote early, if they can, and avoid those lines.”

California State Secretary Alex Padilla

Voters can mail out their ballot on the last day of voting, November 3rd, but it must be postmarked by that day. If you have returned your ballot – head to Ballottrax to confirm that it has been counted!

Track your ballot: https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/

South Bay official ballot box drop off locations: https://locator.lavote.net/locations/vbm?id=4193&culture=en

https://locator.lavote.net/locations/vbm?id=4193&culture=en

Voting Centers in the South Bay:

Playa Del Rey

Dockweiler Youth Center
12505 Vista del Mar, Playa Del Rey CA 90293
Hours: 10/24 – 11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Additional Info: Community Rooms A, B and C

Hawthorne

Del Aire Park
12601 Isis Ave, Hawthorne CA 90250
Hours: 10/24 – 11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Additional Info: Gymnasium

Gardena

Rowley Park
13220 Van Ness Ave, Gardena CA 90249
Hours: 10/24 – 11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Additional Info: Gymnasium and Auditorium

Torrance

Alondra Community Regional Park
3535 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance CA 90260
Hours: 10/24 – 11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Additional Info: Gymnasium

Carson

Cal State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E Victoria St, Carson CA 90747
Hours: 10/24 – 11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Additional Info: Room E1213 and Room E1218

Victoria Community Regional Park
419 E 192nd St, Carson CA 90746
Hours: 10/24 – 11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Additional Info: Multi-Purpose Room

Redondo Beach

Riviera United Methodist Church
375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach CA 90277
Hours: 10/24 – 11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Additional Info: Fellowship Hall

Wilmington

Los Angeles Harbor College
1111 Figueroa Pl, Wilmington CA 90744
Hours: 10/24 – 11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Additional Info: PE Wellness Center Gym

Palos Verdes Estates

South Coast Botanic Gardens
26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Estates CA 90274
Hours: 10/24 – 11/02: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, 11/03: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Additional Info: Frances Young Hall

RE-related Ballot Propositions

Proposition 19 – The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act

We are a few days away from election day, and Californians across the state are already voting. As we reach the final days of the campaign, the YES on 19 campaign is showing great momentum.

Recently, Proposition F has received endorsements from editorial boards from across the state. The Fresno Bee wrote, “Seniors who want to downsize from the homes they raised their children in can do so and keep their current property tax rate under this measure. Plus a portion of the proceeds would be dedicated to firefighting agencies.”

The Modesto Bee editorial board wrote, “Proposition 19 would be good for seniors who want to downsize, for local government coffers ravaged by COVID-19 and for anyone worried about wildfires. That’s plenty of reason to vote yes.”

Prop 19 was also endorsed by: Daily Post, Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, Monterey County Weekly, San Luis Obispo Tribune and San Mateo Daily Journal. All of these newspaper endorsements are part of a long list of community and elected leaders and organizations from across the state that support Prop 19.

Don’t forget, the best way to support Prop 19 is to VOTE! On November 3 or with your mail in ballot, VOTE YES ON 19.

You can track your ballot here: https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/

Proposition 15 – Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative (Split Roll)

Polling for the biggest potential change to California’s Prop 13 is tight as can be. A poll released Monday by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies found 49% of voters favor Prop 15 with 42% on the No side, leaving 9% undecided. “Yet, this lead was less than half the 15-point advantage found in a similar Berkeley IGS Poll last month,” the report stated.

The California Association of Realtors has taken an Oppose position on Prop 15. For more information from the statewide coalition, led by the California Business Roundtable, to oppose Prop 15, visit: https://noonprop15.org/

Proposition 21 – Expansion of Local Rent Control

Recent polling has found weak support for Prop 21 with 37% Yes, 48% No, and 15% undecided. This is the second attempt at dismantling the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act since Prop 10 failed decisively in 2018.

ADU standards in the South Bay

As cities in the South Bay are updating their permanent Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) construction rules, we will be updating each city’s ADU ordinance on https://www.southbayaor.info/ under “The South Bay.”

Each city has some level of interpretation when enacting its ADU rules, but they must comply with these California ADU laws:

Reduced Costs and Burdens for Developing ADUs

  • Cities must approve ADU applications within 60 days, without a hearing or discretionary review.
  • For ADUs permitted by 2025, cities cannot require the owner to live at the property.
  • Cities cannot charge any impact fees for ADUs under 750 sqft; fees for larger ADUs are limited.
  • Homeowners associations must allow the construction of ADUs.
  • ADUs can be developed at the same time as a primary unit, under most of the same rules.
  • A city must delay code enforcement against an existing unlawful ADU to allow it to be legalized.
  • For areas where development is county-controlled, all of these same rules apply to counties.

ADUs Subject to Automatic Approval — No Local Limits

Cities must permit certain categories of ADU without applying any local development standards (e.g., limits on lot size, unit size, parking, height, setbacks, landscaping, or aesthetics), if proposed on a lot developed with one single-family home. ADUs eligible for this automatic approval include:

•    An ADU converted from existing space in the home or another structure (e.g., a garage), so long as the ADU can be accessed from the exterior and has setbacks sufficient for fire safety. 
•    A new detached ADU that is no larger than 800 sqft, has a maximum height of 16 feet, and has rear and side setbacks of 4 feet. 
•    Both of the above (creating two ADUs), if the converted ADU is smaller than 500 sqft.

ADUs Subject to Ministerial Approval — Minimal Local Limits

Even if not subject to automatic approval, a city generally must approve any attached or detached ADU under 1,200 sqft unless the city adopts a new ADU ordinance setting local development standards for ADUs.  If a city adopts such an ordinance, it must abide by the following restrictions:

•    No minimum lot size requirements. 
•    No maximum unit size limit under 850 sqft (or 1,000 sqft for a two-bedroom ADU). 
•    No required replacement parking when a parking garage is converted into an ADU. 

•    No required parking for an ADU created through the conversion of existing space or located within a half-mile walking distance of a bus stop or transit station. 

•    If the city imposes a floor area ratio limitation or similar rule, the limit must be designed to allow the development of at least one 800 sqft attached or detached ADU on every lot.

Adding Units to Multifamily Properties

For the first time, the new laws allow units to be added to multifamily buildings. Cities must permit these types of units in multifamily buildings without applying any local development standards:

•    New units within the existing non-living space of a building (e.g., storage rooms, basements, or garages). At least one unit and up to ¼ of the existing unit count may be created this way. 
•    Two new homes on the same lot as the multifamily building but detached from it, with 4-foot side and rear setbacks and a 16-foot maximum height. 

Source: https://www.caforhomes.org/