By Richard Bailey : voiceofsandiego – excerpt More than 50 percent of local transportation dollars are spent to move just 3.5 percent of commuters. This huge disparity is part of the reason why the vast majority of us sit in traffic each day. Nearly 14 years after voters approved a one-half cent local sales tax … More It’s Time to Put Roads Over Transit
By Kimberly Veklerov : sfchronicle – excerpt The top official of the small and affluent East Bay city of Lafayette last week announced his resignation because of residents’ intransigence on building more housing, saying he could not stay in the role he has held for three decades when his views diverge so sharply from the … More Lafayette city manager quits over lack of movement on new housing
By Julian Mark : missionlocal – excerpt The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is proposing to build a 12-story tower on the corner of 18th and Mission — now the site of a dilapidated former stove store — that would contain 63 below-market-rate condos. The proposed building would be the tallest building in the Mission, … More MEDA upgrades plans to 12-story tower at 18th and Mission — the tallest building in the Mission
By Alastair Bland : calmatters – excerpt Loren Poncia’s idling pickup shudders in a powerful gust of afternoon wind in western Marin County. Inside the warm cab, he scans the sun-browned hills through his binoculars, counting his grazing cows. Poncia raises beef cattle. As he sees it, though, what he is really doing is raising … More Meet the newest recruits in California’s war on climate change: carbon farmers
By David L Preiss |Rachel Antoinette Boyce : hklaw – excerpt Rulings Help Reconcile Local Land Use Decisions with Powers of Referendum and Initiative HIGHLIGHTS: Two recent decisions by California courts offer important judicial guidance on the longstanding issue of reconciling local government land use decisions with the referendum and initiative powers reserved to the people … More New Decisions offer important Guidance on California Ballot Box Planning
By Julie Cart : calmatters – excerpt If Jerry Brown could write the script in which he exits the political stage while still in the spotlight, he could do no better than what’s teed-up for him next week: presiding over the Global Climate Action Summit with a few hundred of his closest fellow leaders in … More Heavy hitters on climate change will converge on San Francisco next week, with Gov. Jerry Brown as host
By Dan Walters : mercedsunstar – excerpt During his eight years as a state senator, Anthony Cannella rarely speechified on the Senate floor, unlike many more verbose colleagues. But he did so last Friday, the last day of the 2016-18 biennial session and Canella’s last time on the floor. The Ceres Republican rose to talk … More Cannella asks, why do only the rich get exemptions?