First published in the Oct. 29 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
The city of South Pasadena, in partnership with state Sen. Anthony Portantino, will host a community discussion of Senate Bill 381 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2.
The community forum is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the legislation and next steps in the process.
Portantino worked with South Pasadena to draft SB 381, a bill to accelerate the sale of Caltrans-owned properties and restore neighborhoods suffering the numerous adverse consequences of decades-long neglect of many of the residential properties located within the corridor.
SB 381 provides protections for existing tenants, includes a strategy to protect historic homes, and gives flexibility to the city to create more affordable housing. SB 381 gives current tenants of single-family and multi-family residences new opportunities to purchase properties while at the same time allowing the city and their housing partners to acquire and renovate the unoccupied properties.
The informational meeting aims to provide the public with a better understanding of the legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 28. There will be a presentation covering key elements of the bill and addressing common questions and concerns.
The city plans to hold future meetings for community input to develop policies related to the acquisition of unoccupied properties.
The virtual meeting will be conducted over Zoom (us06web.zoom.us/j/87566838128) or One Tap Mobile (+16699006833, 87566838128#).
No registration is required to participate. There will be opportunity for questions and comments during the live meeting. Questions and comments may also be submitted in advance to SB381comment@southpasadenaca.gov.
For additional information and updates on SB381, visit southpasadenaca.gov/visitors/state-route-710/senate-bill-381-portantino.