Why Cities Must Tackle Single-Family Zoning

By Benjamin Schneider : citylab – excerpt As cities wake up to their housing crises, the problems with single-family-home residential zoning will become too egregious to ignore. In my neighborhood in San Francisco (or, more accurately, my parents’ neighborhood) there’s a plan afoot to build 42 units of new housing in two parking lots, just … More Why Cities Must Tackle Single-Family Zoning

Gas tax repeal leader’s Plan B: Try to pick off Democrats one-by-one

By Ben Christopher : calmatters – excerpt Even in Proposition 6 fails, its chief advocate plans to keep beating Democrats over the head with their decision to hike the state gas tax. At the California Republican Party’s election night watch party in downtown San Diego, Carl DeMaio, the Republican firebrand who managed the “Yes on 6” … More Gas tax repeal leader’s Plan B: Try to pick off Democrats one-by-one

Election 2018: Local politics in the age of Godzilla

By Joe Eskenazi : missionlocal – excerpt Godzilla, that stalwart of the man-in-a-dinosaur-costume-stepping-on-toys genre, emerged from the depths of the sea in 1954, and has been featured in 32 sequels. The spectacle of watching an oversize rubber iguana go full Keith Moon on an elaborate, flaming set of obvious papier-mache landscapes populated with dollhouse cities and … More Election 2018: Local politics in the age of Godzilla

How a tweet turned Prop. C from an underdog to a winner

By Heather Knight : sfchronicle – excerpt When any seemingly long shot campaign winds up striking it big, observers wonder: What was the secret? The key? That splash of fairy dust that turned the likely loser into a winner? For Proposition C, the ballot measure to raise taxes on big businesses to fund homeless services … More How a tweet turned Prop. C from an underdog to a winner

Six YIMBYs on a mission

By J.K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt YIMBY Action, the pioneering pro-housing group, has about 2,100 members and chapters in San Francisco city neighborhoods. Here are some of the neighborhood YIMBYs who advocate for more residential development in their areas. Jane Natoli Neighborhood: Inner Richmond Occupation: Financial crimes investigator Steven Buss Neighborhood: The Mission Occupation: … More Six YIMBYs on a mission