The Issue:

Homelessness is a housing problem. While substance use disorder and mental health issues are contributing factors in homelessness, the root cause of the visible increase in people sleeping unsheltered on our streets is the same root cause of California’s dwindling middle class: skyrocketing housing costs.  Even though our regional efforts are getting 207 unhoused people per day into homes, we cannot make progress when 227 other people fall into homelessness every day.  The answer is to create the conditions so that people can build the housing we need while also ensuring that tenants and homeowners have stability and providing targeted subsidies or direct housing for those most in need.  For example, permanent supportive housing is extremely effective for the highest need segment of the unhoused population.  It also can interrupt the prison to homelessness pipeline.  For many families, a small subsidy can be the difference between upward mobility and sleeping on the pavement.  For hundreds of thousands of California families, the California Dream is simply a matter of making it legal for more people to live near work and good schools.  

 

My proposals will start to reduce street homelessness and provide middle class homes for middle class people, and my experience working regionally will help us tackle these regional problems.  My values and guiding principles are clear from two facts: I don’t take developer money and I’m endorsed by the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. 

Experienced Leadership

During Alex’s first term, Culver City:

  • SECURED $26.6 MILLION IN PROJECT HOMEKEY FUNDS

    … and $3.4 million from the state budget for affordable and homeless housing, plus additional financial assistance from LA County, to convert two motels into 76 permanent supportive and transitional homes

  • TRIPLED OUTREACH TO PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

     including adding full-time mental health and substance abuse specialists to the outreach team

  • IMPLEMENTED INCLUSIONARY ZONING

    every large development must now include subsidized affordable homes at the developer’s expense

  • IMPLEMENTED AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING LINKAGE FEE

    every commercial development must contribute to the City’s affordable housing fund

  • ADDED AN ASSISTANT TO THE CITY MANAGER FOR HOMELESSNESS

     who coordinates the City’s homelessness services across city departments

  • APPROVED THE CITY’S FIRST 100% PERMANENT AFFORDABLE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

    in over a decade

  • EXPANDED HOMEOWNERS’ ABILITY TO BUILD CASITAS (AKA ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS)

    including legalizing above-garage casitas and multi-bedroom casitas large enough for families

  • STRENGTHENED THE SAFETY NET FOR FAMILIES WHO RENT

    by adopting permanent rent control, permanent tenant protections, and an emergency rental assistance program for renters impacted by COVID

  • APPROVED A SAFE PARKING PILOT PROGRAM

Actions and Tools for Our Future:

  • Put Culver City at the front of the line for competitive affordable housing, transit, and infrastructure dollars by winning the state’s Pro-Housing designation, awarded to cities that create the regulations necessary to offer people great housing options
  • Open up Culver City to more low-income families with an affordable housing overlay that gives subsidized affordable housing builders an advantage over market-rate developers
  • Continue protecting renters from rising rents and predatory evictions by fighting to keep existing tenant protections and affordability fees/programs
  • Address the root causes of homelessness with more housing/outreach services and more full-service permanent supportive housing beds 
  • Create more opportunities for affordable home ownership by making it easy for property owners in R1 zones to use Senate Bill 9 to divide their lot or build a duplex or casita, if they so choose
  • Legalize small lot multifamily buildings on appropriate commercial corridors and sponsor an international design competition to ensure that the design of these new residential neighborhoods is world-class 
  • Allow new buildings with 100% microunits and co-living 
  • End reliance on traditional development finance with a countercyclical housing trust fund, so that the city can finance affordable housing when other builders won’t build
  • Form affordable housing staff task force to ensure that all departments are working to accelerate the permitting of affordable housing