Blog October 2023 - Next Sip+Mix and Legislative Wins!

Come meet the candidates, great year for pro-housing legislation

Oct. 2, 2023


Santa Cruz YIMBY Election Season:  Sip + Mix #2
Wed Oct 4 @ 5:30PM

at Abbott Square, 726 Front Street, Santa Cruz

Come to our second Sip + Mix and get to know more Election 2024 candidates. We have RSVPs from at least six (6) Santa Cruz City Council candidates and District 1 County Supervisor candidate Lani Faulkner.

This is a casual event and everyone is welcome. We hope to have authentic conversations about our housing crisis and how we can best work to solve it. Hope to see you there!

(Mark your calendar for our Sip + Mix #3  on Nov 6th in Soquel - we have RSVPs from District 1 County Supervisor candidate Manu Koenig and District 2 County Supervisor candidates Kristen Brown and Kim de Serpa)

YIMBY Action Celebrates Landmark Year for California Housing Legislation

It was a great legislative year for YIMBY Action - a number of key California housing bills passed the Legislature in September and are on their way to Governor Newsom’s desk for final sign-off or to the ballot for voter approval. 

👍 SB 423 (Wiener): SB 35 Extension – More Affordable Housing

👍 SB 4 (Wiener): Yes in God’s Back Yard

👍 AB 1633 (Ting): A Fix for Bad-faith CEQA-related Delays

👍 AB 1449 (Alvarez): Faster Affordable Housing Approvals

👍 AB 309 (Lee): Social Housing

👍 AB 894 (Friedman): Shared Parking 

👍 ACA 1 (Aguiar-Curry): Money for Housing & Public Infrastructure

👍 AB 821 (Grayson): Consistency in Local Zoning Ordinances

👍 AB 1287 (Alvarez): Moderate Income Density Bonus

👍 AB 976 (Ting): Extend Incentives for Accessory Dwelling Units
👍 AB 835 (Lee): Study standards for single-stairway multifamily buildings

Say THANK YOU to our pro-housing legislators

Urge the Governor to sign these KEY housing bills:

SB 423: Ask the governor to sign one of the most important bills of 2023. SB 423 passed the Assembly and the Senate with bipartisan support. Now we need your help to ensure Governor Newsom signs it into law.Send a message today directly to the Governor: Sign SB 423!

AB 976: One of the most successful efforts to build more housing in California is the Accessory Dwelling Unit. If Governor Newsom signs AB 976 into law, it will make permanent a key policy that has encouraged the growth of these affordable homes across the state.Send a message today directly to the Governor: Sign AB 976!

AB 1633: AB 1633 passed out of the legislature, but opponents are mobilizing to urge the Governor to veto it. We need your help to show the Governor that Californians support this bill.Can you call and ask Governor Newsom to sign AB 1633?

Housing Element Updates

There are 2 months left until the December deadline for Santa Cruz Housing Element updates.  Here's what's happened since last month with Housing Elements:

Links to the Housing Element information for all Santa Cruz cities and county are consolidated here.

Write to to learn more about how to be part of giving feedback to cities/county and HCD about Housing Elements!

Mark Your Calendar

  • Wed, Oct 4th @ 5:30pm - Santa Cruz YIMBY Sip+Mix at Abbott Square in Santa Cruz - meet Election 2024 candidates for Santa Cruz City Council and District 1 Supervisor.
  • Thurs, Oct 5th @ 6:00pm - Capitola Planning Commission gets a Housing Element update. Agenda here.
  • Fri, Oct 13th - YIMBY Homecoming - 2023's Biggest YIMBY Party! Featuring AG Rob Bonta as keynote speaker and a very impressive Homecoming Court. Learn more and buy your ticket here.
  • Sat, Oct 14th - Affordable Housing in Santa Cruz: Diverse Perspectives on Our Crisis. Conference running from 9:15am to 3:15pm @ London Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz. Learn more here.
  • ALL MONTH:  Biketober - an entire month where all of Santa Cruz County is challenged to bike more and drive less. It’s completely FREE and you could win a Gazelle Medeo T9 ebike to ride! ≈! Register now at