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)