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Tell San Jose’s City Council: Embrace the opportunity SB 9 offers by implementing the new law, and taking additional steps to support its full potential!

We need your support- send a letter today! On December 14, the San Jose City Council will vote on how the city will transition from Opportunity Housing to implementation of the state law, SB 9. Now that SB-9 has eliminated exclusionary single-family zoning, allowed 2-4 new homes per lot, taken measures to prevent displacement, and acknowledged the challenges of historic neighborhoods, San Jose Neighborhoods for All is advocating for successful implementation of the law. This is a tremendous opportunity for San Jose and communities throughout the state!

SB 9 can expand housing opportunities and communities of inclusion, help break down the division of our city by race and income, provide new housing choices and options, and promote environmental sustainability by building in rather than sprawling out. Realizing this potential will require that WE continue to advocate that the city commits to embracing SB 9, supporting feasibility, furthering inclusivity, and broadening accessibility.

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Talking points / script for calls to Councilmembers

I’m calling to ask you to support implementation of SB 9. Done right, SB 9 can create new housing opportunities, help break down the division of our city by race and income, and promote environmental sustainability by building in rather than sprawling out.

  • City staff to study a broad range of incentives, subsidies, and additional programs that could create more affordability in SB 9 projects. 
    • Affordability expands opportunities for families to live in neighborhoods rich in resources that have previously been out of reach.
    • Programs, subsidies, and incentives for greater affordability should be carefully planned to make SB 9 homes more feasible and expand opportunities for homeownership and affordable rentals. 
    • We also need ways to enable more lower income homeowners to make use of the opportunities SB 9 offers.
  • We support the extension of SB 9 to neighborhoods zoned R2, and exploring how it would work in historic districts.  
    • Duplexes are already allowed in R2 zones. We should also provide the choice for these owners to split their lot, just as in R1 zones.
    • The city has flexibility to integrate SB 9 into existing design guidelines for historic districts, where many duplexes & subdivided homes already exist. 
  • Any urgency ordinance language must focus on clarity and feasibility, and not create barriers to opportunity before the entire community has a chance to be part of the discussion. 
  • San Jose must embrace the implementation of SB 9 in ways that take full advantage of the opportunities the law presents for meeting San Jose’s housing needs.
    • Council’s actions should make SB 9 accessible, increase the feasibility of SB 9 homes, and be supported by clear direction to City staff to do the same. 
    • The implementation process needs to be inclusive and broad. We all have a stake in this – renters and homeowners, residents of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds, from across all areas of the city.

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Template for a letter to personalize and send to Councilmembers

We know that personal emails can be more impactful than a form letter. Below is a template you can use, with some key questions that you can respond to for a personalized letter.

I’m writing to ask you to support implementation of SB 9. Done right, SB 9 can create new housing opportunities, help break down the division of our city by race and income, and promote environmental sustainability by building in rather than sprawling out.  

  • Embrace the opportunities provided by SB 9 to help meet San Jose’s housing needs. SB 9 is a powerful tool to meet San Jose’s housing needs. Implementation policies should be designed to make SB 9 work better in San Jose, not to create additional barriers.
  • Personalize:
    • What opportunities does SB 9 present for you? How would you like to see it used in your community?
    • Possibilities: new rental choices in resource rich neighborhoods, more homeownership opportunities for the middle class, housing for multigenerational families, new ways to be financially secure in retirement
  • Direct city staff to study a broad range of incentives, subsidies, and additional programs that could create more affordability in SB 9 projects. SB 9 is a starting point, but the city can do more to promote greater levels of affordability for lower income residents. This should be done in a way that is additive to SB 9 & does not undermine its effectiveness. Affordability strategies are the missing piece from the General Plan Task Force recommendation.
  • Any urgency ordinance language must focus on clarity and feasibility, and not create barriers to opportunity before the entire community has a chance to be part of the discussion.
  • I support the extension of SB 9 to neighborhoods zoned R2, and exploring how it would work in historic districts. The city has flexibility to integrate SB 9 into existing design guidelines for historic districts, where many duplexes & subdivided homes already exist. 
  • Personalize:
    • What is your favorite San Jose neighborhood where duplexes and single family homes blend together?

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