SF Still Determined to Buy Local PG&E Grid, Demands an Appraisal

By Joe Kukura : sfist – excerpt PG&E rebuffed SF’s $2.5 billion offer for the city’s grid in 2019, but now the city is power-playing for an appraisal and gaming to force the utility to sell. With the exception of the constant factor that PG&E starts wildfires every summer, plenty has changed since San Francisco … More SF Still Determined to Buy Local PG&E Grid, Demands an Appraisal

No, Rents Are Not Suddenly Spiking in San Francisco: They Fell Again in July and Are Down 27% since June 2019

by Wolf Richter : wolfstreet – excerpt The rental market is in turmoil after jobs and people left, and price discovery has set in. Falling rents are a market-based solution to the “Housing Crisis.” The median asking rent for one-bedroom apartments in San Francisco, after the two highly-hailed-and-touted increases in a row, fell 2.5% in … More No, Rents Are Not Suddenly Spiking in San Francisco: They Fell Again in July and Are Down 27% since June 2019

PG&E says its equipment may have led to 30,000-acre Dixie Fire

By Adeel Hassan, NYTimes News Service : sfexaminer – excerpt Pacific Gas and Electric, California’s largest utility, said on Sunday that blown fuses on one of its utility poles may have sparked a fire that has burned through 30,000 acres in Northern California. The blaze, known as the Dixie Fire, has spread through remote wilderness … More PG&E says its equipment may have led to 30,000-acre Dixie Fire

Downtown areas hotter than rural areas: urban heat islands

By Maci Tetrick :abc57 – excerpt (includes video) Have you ever noticed a difference in temperature when you go from your neighborhood to a downtown area? This isn’t something you’re imagining. Urban areas can sometimes have temperatures up to 15 degrees warmer than nearby rural spots. In the summertime, this is known as urban heat … More Downtown areas hotter than rural areas: urban heat islands

Do paved roads, parking lots and buildings actually lead to higher temperatures?

By Monica Woods : abc10 – excerpt One study found downtown Sacramento can be over 7° warmer than surrounding areas. SACRAMENTO, Calif — Extreme heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths over the past 30 years, according to the National Weather Service. This summer we’ve already felt the impacts of more extreme weather from … More Do paved roads, parking lots and buildings actually lead to higher temperatures?

Supervisors approve controversial Tassajara Parks development

by Tony Hicks / BCN Foundation : danvillesanramon : excerpt Supervisor Andersen offers lone dissenting vote The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve the Tassajara Parks development, bringing 125 homes to 30 acres east of Blackhawk and moving the urban limit line, and securing acres of open space in … More Supervisors approve controversial Tassajara Parks development

Two bills in the California Senate are making housing advocates upset

By Jennifer Howland : abc10 – excerpt (includes video) Senate Bill 9 and Senate Bill 10 would allow for more units on single-family properties…(more) Senate Bill 9 would:1. Preempt local zoning2. Up to 8 units on a single family lot3. Developers not required to pay forinfrastructure improvements Senate Bill 10 would:1. Allow cities and counties … More Two bills in the California Senate are making housing advocates upset

If California is Facing a Rare Mega-Drought, Why is the State Releasing Water from Reservoirs

By Katy Grimes : californiaglobe – excerpt Water shortages, lack of groundwater recharge, contaminated drinking water, and subsidence are all man made in California Last week, when California Gov. Gavin Newsom was in Oroville, with a 60% empty Oroville Dam Reservoir as his backdrop, he said he is not ready to declare an official drought … More If California is Facing a Rare Mega-Drought, Why is the State Releasing Water from Reservoirs