Palo Alto-based NIMBY think tank says Bay Area housing goals are wrong, others call it propaganda

By Aldo Toledo : mercurynews – excerpt

The Embarcadero Institute has been cited by slow-growth cities across California to contest state-mandated housing goals

PALO ALTO — As cities across California fight lofty state-mandated housing goals, many are relying on the research of a nascent housing policy think tank run by Palo Altans with deep pockets and a record of donating to local slow-growth leaders.

From Pasadena and Santa Monica in Southern California to Marin County and affluent Peninsula cities, research by the Palo Alto-based Embarcadero Institute has been cited to counter the legislature’s demands for more housing amid a dire affordability crisis.

Though its founders reject that the institute has any political bent, pro-housing advocates say it is a vocal part of a NIMBY agenda attempting to restrict housing construction in suburban cities…(more)


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