Is Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) the Concrete of the Future?

By Jose Tomas Franco : archdailey – excerpt (includes graphics) Concrete, an essential building material, has for decades offered us the possibility of shaping our cities quickly and effectively, allowing them to rapidly expand into urban peripheries and reach heights previously unimagined by mankind. Today, new timber technologies are beginning to deliver similar opportunities – … More Is Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) the Concrete of the Future?

CEQA Is the Boogeyman, but with More Bark Than Bite in Terms of Impact on Housing

By David Greenwald : davisvanguard – excerpt Toward the end of the recall election, CalMatters did a very good article on CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and the housing crisis. In some sense the article is dated in that they were asking the mostly Republican recall candidates their opinion of the housing crisis and what … More CEQA Is the Boogeyman, but with More Bark Than Bite in Terms of Impact on Housing

New law signed at crucial time for Santa Cruz will stop CEQA lawsuits blocking needle exchange

By Rachel Bluth / Kaiser Health News : lookout – excerpt Opponents of free needle programs in California are using environmental regulations to shut them down. On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will end that strategy… “We’re in the midst of an opioid crisis,” said Assembly member Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), a physician … More New law signed at crucial time for Santa Cruz will stop CEQA lawsuits blocking needle exchange

A New Water Source That Could Make Drought a Thing of the Past

By Ellen Brown : scheerpost – excerpt Oceans of water are beneath our feet, and new technologies are extracting it economically without ecological damage. Lack of fresh water is now a global crisis. Water shortages mean food shortages, with hunger creating death tolls substantially exceeding those of the current Covid-19 crisis. According to the United … More A New Water Source That Could Make Drought a Thing of the Past

Housing justice relies on a strong CEQA

By Ashley Werner, Special to CalMatters For generations, public agencies have directed highways, landfills, meat processing plants, warehouses and other polluting facilities to South Fresno neighborhoods, an area of the San Joaquin Valley that is predominantly populated by lower income households and people of color. This activity has turned South Fresno into one of the … More Housing justice relies on a strong CEQA

New Power Plants Are California’s Latest Effort To Avoid Rolling Blackouts

By syndicated Sacramento : msn – excerpt ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — The State of California is flexing a new muscle to strengthen the power grid in the fight to stop Northern California’s devastating rolling blackouts. State grid operators say we currently face a 3,500-watt energy shortfall this year—and next summer looks even worse. So now Roseville … More New Power Plants Are California’s Latest Effort To Avoid Rolling Blackouts

Bring Your Own Brigade. There is light and hope for the western states.

Enjoy and open to a new way of seeing threat of fire.  This is an important film helping us to shift our relationship with fire.It is a must see for those in harm’s way.And for those who love them. Please watch.  Two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker captures the horror and heroism of the deadliest week of … More Bring Your Own Brigade. There is light and hope for the western states.

317-house development in Redlands delayed by these concerns

By Jennifer Iver : redlanddailyfacts – excerpt Issues were raised with the lack of a secondary access, possible conflicts with voter-approved Measure U, and more. A vote on a plan to build hundreds of houses on a field and groves north of Citrus Valley High School in Redlands has been pushed back to give the … More 317-house development in Redlands delayed by these concerns

San Francisco will build dozens of tiny homes for homeless

By staff : therealdeal – excerpt The shelters — each 64 sf — will be installed on two parking lots city leases Tiny homes have not put a dent in the housing and homeless crises across the U.S. as some had predicted, but after resisting for years, San Francisco will install the shelters at two … More San Francisco will build dozens of tiny homes for homeless

High Density Transit Oriented Development Won’t Reduce Greenhouse Gases

By Bob Silvestry : marinpost – excerpt The following white paper was originally published in 2013 in response to the release of the first Sustainable Communities Strategy, for the San Francisco Bay Area region as required under SB375. In light of the recent tsunami of California state housing legislation, the information and analysis in this … More High Density Transit Oriented Development Won’t Reduce Greenhouse Gases