Easier commute, higher home prices?How better transit options impacts 3 hot neighborhoods

sfgate – excerpt Bay Area traffic has gotten exponentially worse during the region’s housing boom. Major freeways and thoroughfares essentially become parking lots during commuting hours, causing some prospective homebuyers to start focusing on regions with strong public transportation. Specifically, Point Richmond, which recently restarted ferry service to downtown San Francisco; Antioch, which opened a … More Easier commute, higher home prices?How better transit options impacts 3 hot neighborhoods

Preston, advocates pressure major landlord to sell buildings to city or nonprofits

By David Horowitz : sfexaminer – excerpt San Francisco’s largest owner of rent-controlled properties is unwilling to entertain demands made Monday to pause the company’s marketing and sale of 2,163 housing units to the private market, according to Juliana Bunim, a spokesperson for real estate giant Veritas Investments. Supervisor Dean Preston and the Housing Rights … More Preston, advocates pressure major landlord to sell buildings to city or nonprofits

Federal complaint alleges bribery, corruption schemes from Public Works boss Mohammed Nuru

By Joe Eskenazi : misisonlocal – excerpt Mohammed Nuru faces 25 years for alleged corruption and allegedly lying to FBI about disclosing ongoing investigation after agreeing to cooperate; restaurateur Nick Bovis faces 20 years. In announcing charges against Public Works director Mohammed Nuru and Lefty O’Doul’s owner Nick Bovis, U.S. Attorney David Anderson alleged “corruption … More Federal complaint alleges bribery, corruption schemes from Public Works boss Mohammed Nuru

Santa Barbara City Council Temporarily Bans Granny Flats in High Fire Zones

By Nick Walsh : independent – excerpt Nearly two months after Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill to eliminate local controls that might hinder the development of new granny flats ​— ​otherwise known as accessory dwelling units (ADUs) ​— ​the Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously to enact an emergency ban on new granny-flat applications in parts of town … More Santa Barbara City Council Temporarily Bans Granny Flats in High Fire Zones

New Luxury Units Not ‘Workforce Housing,’ Says Sneddon

By Nick Welsh : independent – excerpt Santa Barbara City Councilmember Calls Out New Anacapa Street Apartment Building Housing costs have grown so astronomical throughout the South Coast that new luxury apartments in downtown Santa Barbara — going for as much as $5,250 a month for a two-bedroom unit — now fall within the definition of “workforce housing” for … More New Luxury Units Not ‘Workforce Housing,’ Says Sneddon

Recology begins funding $4.5M ballot initiative to tax plastics in California

By ColeRosengren : wastedive – excerpt Dive Brief: Recology is continuing its push for a November ballot initiative in California that takes aim at the plastics industry, recently kicking in $600,000 of a planned $1 million contribution. Another $1 million is expected from The Nature Conservancy, plus $500,000 from the Plant Based Products Council, toward … More Recology begins funding $4.5M ballot initiative to tax plastics in California

AB 5 – Summary of Pending Litigation, Legislation and Initiatives

Compilations by Ben Ebbink, Fisher/Phillips (via email) Litigation • Trucking (FAAAA Preemption) California Trucking Association v. Becerra (S.D. Cal.)§ Preliminary injunction granted 1/16/2020. California v. Cal Cartage Transportation (Los Angeles Superior Court)§ Preempted by FAAAA (1/8/2020).• Uber/Postmates (Equal Protection, Due Process, Impairment of Contract) oOlson et. al v. State of California (C.D. Cal.)§ Preliminary injunction … More AB 5 – Summary of Pending Litigation, Legislation and Initiatives