Chronicle editorial board : sfchronicle – excerpt
People’s parking: The North Berkeley BART station’s locally beloved expanse of asphalt. The Berkeley City Council went on record Tuesday solemnly urging the governor to declare homelessness a statewide emergency while noting its own “comprehensive” efforts to grapple with the housing shortage. At the same time, the council formally objected to legislation that might allow new apartments to encroach on the ocean of asphalt surrounding the North Berkeley BART Station…
Judging by some cities’ reactions to the Chiu-Grayson bill, AB2923, that’s no accident. Berkeley’s council narrowly voted to join Hayward, Concord, Lafayette and the League of California Cities in opposing the legislation. Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, who is among the bill’s detractors, insisted that he “strongly” supports housing at the North Berkeley station but wants to retain “control over shaping our future.”… (more)
Anti-state overreach efforts have reached a high note, as more government officials join the ranks of the disillusioned. A state charter amendment is being prepared that could override much of the legislation that California legislators are feverishly trying to pass while Governor Brown is still in office. The citizens are getting restless and demanding new solutions to the housing crisis as they tire of watching the parade of homeless tents being shoved from block to block. The old supply and demand arguments are fading fast.