Santa Monica and Culver City have in common that political lobbyists for YIMBY Law are on their city commissions. Santa Monica has Leonora Camner on their Housing Commission. Culver City has Nancy Barba on its Planning Commission. Camner works for AHLA and Barba works for CC4MH — both organizations are intricately tied to YIMBY Law.
Why does this matter?
A commission plays an important role to help advise on topics and issues in a city. They frequently help shape the work that City Staff and City Council put into motion that ultimately becomes new policy. For example, Nancy Barba’s role in advising that the Planning Commission remove single family zoning is not just from her personal and professional work — it’s also from her work as a political organizer within Culver City For More Homes, a subsidiary group of Abundant Housing Los Angeles. Both CC4MH and AHLA are YIMBY Law groups.
At this January 27, 2021 joint Planning and Council meeting on land use, Nancy Barba stated that she was open to listening and not only operating from her political lobbyist role. Click play on the video below (time set to 1:28:40)
However, as you can hear in the following clip, Barba’s political lobbyist ideas do indeed emerge. At the 05/12/21 Planning Commission meeting about the Housing Element Update, her ideas line up precisely with YIMBY Law talking points and goals: increase floor area ratio (FAR), reduce setbacks, create density beyond RHNA, and remove parking minimums. Click play on the video below (time set to 1:37:53)
Don’t forget, YIMBY Law is suing Culver City because of these very issues in order to force us to create more multifamily housing. And for those keeping score at home, YIMBY Law has also been guiding Alex Fisch, Ashley Hefner Hoang, Paavo Monkkonen, and Nancy Barba, along with the University of California Professor Team to craft our land use and housing element documents.
We think it’s unacceptable that Nancy Barba will refuse to recuse herself.