Senator Min and Mayor Kempf speak to LBOR members

On April 26, the Laguna Board of REALTORS® (LBOR) held their 100th Membership Meeting at the newly renovated Rivian Theater in Laguna Beach. The sustainable theater space aligns with the mission of LBOR, and was the perfect backdrop to watch a movie produced by Jesse Brossa, Compass depicting Laguna Beach and the role Laguna Board of REALTORS® played in its history. Members received a housing update from their President Bob Chapman, Mayor Sue Kempf and Senator Dave Min.

Opening comments by Chapman illustrated the connections between the Laguna Board of REALTORS® and the City of Laguna Beach while working with buyers and sellers throughout the decades. There was a specific reference to the long-standing importance of the relationships between agents and brokerages, to best represent buyers and sellers of permanent residences and vacation homes in Laguna Beach.

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Photos by Jesse Brossa

(L-R) Senator Dave Min presents LBOR President Bob Chapman with a proclamation at the centennial membership meeting

The history of housing in Laguna Beach played a vital role in maintaining the balance between preservation and progress in the community since the very beginning in 1924. Major Sue Kempf focused her talk on the progress on approved Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Laguna Beach referencing Senate Bill 9. Her mission is to work with the Coastal Commission and the state for lesser restrictions on height limitations of ADUs to allow for second- and third-story housing on existing commercial buildings guided by the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) and Senate Bill 1055.  Recognizing the lack of affordable housing in Laguna, Mayor Kempf’s mission is to provide a more diverse community, through providing housing for artists and younger residents to remain in our city through possible donations of funds.

Senator Dave Min has long been an advocate for affordable housing. His current focus is on small businesses and victims of deceptive lending practices. Min states that homeownership is the main pathway to working families building wealth. Residents can save for unexpected future expenses, children’s college tuitions and medical expenses through building equity as they pay their mortgage. Homeownership is tied to public policy and the primary way people build wealth, however homeownership is becoming out of reach and although a statewide issue, it is more exacerbated in Orange County. Min recognizes that it is difficult for working class families to afford a home. Many people are leaving the state and homelessness is on the rise primarily due to the high cost of housing.

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LBOR President Bob Chapman and Mayor Sue Kempf address meeting attendees

Senator Min recognized SB10. However, Laguna is unique and offers a lot of jobs but offers little infrastructure to support additional housing. He is working with the Coastal Commission to head off problems with housing, and trying to find the right balance is key. The scarcity of rental properties in OC feels broken due to too much regulation. Small landlords should not be included in major regulation.

Senator Min also shared his concerns with the current homeowner insurance issues. Thirty million dollars has been allocated in the area for Fire Preparedness through infrared and wind predictive cameras in wildfire areas to try to be on top of risk as much as possible. He also backed Senate Bill 9 which negotiated carve-outs to allow for HOA exemptions to make them more amenable to communities such as Laguna.

For more information on Laguna Board of REALTORS®, visit www.lagunarealtors.org.


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