California homeowners should be furious with new housing laws



Assembly Bills 9 and 10 could now eliminate single-family neighborhoods. Gov. Newsom just signed the bills. This will allow a single-family home to be replaced by up to four units.

Also, Proposition 19 took away our childrens’ inheritance of our properties. They will now have to live in the inherited property or pay the market value tax. Our freedom of choice is slowly being taken away from us. I cannot understand why people are allowing this and not protesting.

Frances Carrigan,




When I purchased my home I entered into a covenant with the city of Encinitas. My neighborhood, consisting of single-family homes on 5,000 to 10,000 square foot lots, was to remain single family homes as outlined by the city general plan and zoning.

Via such a covenant I could rest assured that going forward my neighborhood would remain the same. Now, politicians 500 miles away in Sacramento have told me that my covenant with the city is null and void.

Passage of Senate Bill 9 allows my neighbor to build as many as four homes on a single 5,000 square foot lot.

Despite flex alerts, long-term drought, and a failing infrastructure (e.g. traffic) we are being told that neighborhoods can quadruple in size. The UT editorial board admits that “these bold measures may disrupt and possible diminish quality of life” but then states it stands behind SB 9. When does the craziness end?

William Welch,


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