Assemblymember O’Donnell Disappointed by Governor’s Signature of SB 35

Friday, September 29, 2017

O’Donnell voted against the measure in the State Assembly in defense of municipal sovereignty

(SACRAMENTO) – Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 35 by Senator Scott Wiener (D — San Francisco) Friday. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D — Long Beach), who opposed the measure, issued the following statement:

“Although not unexpected, this event is unfortunate. Most cities across California stood in strong opposition to this measure, because SB 35 is a threat to municipal sovereignty and a threat to those who do not want their communities planned from Sacramento. Cities will now need to be very cautious in their efforts to re-zone, and they may face the potential of having state-imposed rules forced upon them in order to allow large buildings in neighborhoods where they might not be a good fit.  

Long Beach is a great example of the impacts of this bill as the council contemplates up-zoning parts of the city. Residents should be part of a dialogue about new projects in their neighborhoods. SB 35 prevents careful consideration of the additional services that might be necessary to accommodate any increase in density. That is why I voted against SB 35.”

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.