California analysts urge lawmakers: reject Gov. Newsom’s $1 billion climate loan proposal

By Rachel Becker : calmatters – excerpt The Legislative Analyst’s Office warns California may not be able to spot the right projects to fund with a proposed green loan program. Nonpartisan policy analysts took aim Thursday at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to use $1 billion in state funds to seed innovative climate change efforts, questioning … More California analysts urge lawmakers: reject Gov. Newsom’s $1 billion climate loan proposal

EPA Appoints Former PG&E Attorney to Head Regional Office in San Francisco

By Kevin Stark : kqed – excerpt (includes audio track) The Trump administration Tuesday named a former PG&E attorney to head the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office in San Francisco. John Busterud will manage roughly 700 staff employees and oversee environmental protection efforts across EPA’s Region 9, which includes 50 million people living in … More EPA Appoints Former PG&E Attorney to Head Regional Office in San Francisco

Moms 4 Housing-inspired policy could shake up Oakland real estate market

By Marisa Kendall : mercurynews – excerpt And the change is spreading to other Bay Area cities, too OAKLAND — Galvanized by the Moms 4 Housing standoff that drew national attention to the region’s affordability crisis, Oakland officials may soon overhaul the way homes are bought and sold — and other Bay Area cities are … More Moms 4 Housing-inspired policy could shake up Oakland real estate market

Proposal to open a Hummingbird homeless shelter on Valencia Street up for community consideration

By Loi Almeron : missionlocal – excerpt Neighbors of 1156 Valencia St. said they are waiting to hear more at Monday night’s community meeting, before making up their minds about plans to convert the Salvation Army property a stone’s throw from 22nd Street into “the City’s first Community Hummingbird” shelter for homeless residents with behavioral … More Proposal to open a Hummingbird homeless shelter on Valencia Street up for community consideration

Political operatives try to defend dark money

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt Lawsuit to undermine city’s disclosure laws includes some stunning information about why campaigns try to keep donors secret. The city’s new law mandating real disclosure for dark money in local elections is under attack – and the legal filing include some fascinating information. Todd David, who runs the … More Political operatives try to defend dark money

L.A. leaders weigh a new idea to halt rent hikes: Force landlords to sell their buildings

By David Zahniser : lattimes – excerpt Los Angeles leaders have relied on different strategies for slowing the growth in housing prices — limits on rent hikes in older buildings, new restrictions on Airbnb and incentives for developers who build affordable housing. Now, City Councilman Gil Cedillo has another idea for keeping rents low in … More L.A. leaders weigh a new idea to halt rent hikes: Force landlords to sell their buildings