Los Angeles Conservancy

1,635 supporters

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning Gavin Newsom

Support Proposed California Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

State historic rehabilitation tax credits are a dollar-for-dollar reduction in tax liability and help make difficult projects financially viable. Thirty-five states already have similar, successful state historic tax credit programs. Now is the time for California to join the list! State historic rehabilitation tax credits allow a property owner to claim a percentage of their project expenses against state income taxes and are usually designed to complement the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit. These revenue-enhancing programs more than pay for the economic cost of the rehabilitation credit. Governor Newsom, please authorize this 20 percent state income tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic buildings in California.  Senate Bill (SB) 451 will create a much-needed statewide tool to help incentivize the rehabilitation of historic buildings, many that can be reused to meet critical housing needs. The California program can be a powerful force for historic places throughout Los Angeles County. As a proven program that leverages additional resources and more than pays for itself, SB 451 will:  Create a state 20% tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic structures. Create a 25% tax credit for certain projects, such as affordable housing. Create construction and building industry jobs. Enhance state tax revenues through increased economic activity, employment, and wages. Increase local revenues through increased property values, sales tax, and heritage tourism. Stimulate the economy and sustainable development. Combine these credits with other tax credits for greater leverage. Revitalize economically depressed areas and reduce blight. Preserve the rich legacies of California communities. Thank you for your support of SB 451 and commitment to preserving California’s heritage!

Los Angeles Conservancy
197 supporters
Petitioning Gavin Newsom

Tell Governor Newsom - SB 330 Needs Safeguards for Historic Preservation

Senate Bill (SB) 330 just passed the California State Assembly, and Governor Gavin Newsom will take final action on the bill this week. Tell Governor Newsom this bill is bad for California's historic places! SB 330, much like SB 50 from earlier this year (currently on temporary hiatus), intends to address California’s affordable housing crisis by easing perceived land-use barriers to increase density and streamline the production of multi-family housing development statewide.  While laudable in its intent, speeding up housing production without thoughtful planning is problematic. It creates a blunt, one-size-fits-all approach that would override local planning and community input. It does not recognize the diversity of development statewide, let alone throughout Greater Los Angeles. Density, affordable housing, and preservation are not mutually exclusive. We can and should have all of these, and through careful planning, there is ample room for these in L.A. As currently written, SB 330 poses a serious risk to historic places. With streamlining as its intent, SB 330 makes assumptions and imposes limitations that will put historic resources at risk. Because most historic resources are not formally designated or landmarked, potential resources could be missed or omitted during the accelerated approval process. Without a safeguard in place, historic places would be in jeopardy. SB 330 should clarify that streamlining the process does not eliminate the obligation of a local government to assess impacts on historic resources under their own ordinances or the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), even when a resource is not identified until later. Governor Newsom, please do not support SB 330 unless there are adequate safeguards for California's historic resources.  The Los Angeles Conservancy—in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation and others—works with legislators and strives to find a balance that includes safeguards for preservation.

Los Angeles Conservancy
1,438 supporters