Report: S.F. Dept. of Building Inspection flooded with construction complaints

By Ted Andersen : bizjournals – excerpt San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection has been hit with a slew of complaints of nonessential construction in violation of the shelter in place, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The city received 730 complaints of unauthorized work from March 30 to April 8 — 180 that went to … More Report: S.F. Dept. of Building Inspection flooded with construction complaints

Column: Housing debate needs to get facts straight

By Michael Smolens : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt California needs more housing, no question. But how much housing the state actually needs is a big question. As a candidate and then governor, Gavin Newsom repeatedly said that the state needed 3.5 million additional homes by 2025. That figure became something of an article of faith and … More Column: Housing debate needs to get facts straight

Building a house in California is expensive. These new proposals would slash city fees

By Hannah Wiley : sacbee – excerpt California Democrats unveiled on Monday a package of eight proposals that attempt to spur construction of new homes by slashing some of the fees that local governments charge for building permits. Those fees can run into the tens of thousands of dollars per house, driving up the cost … More Building a house in California is expensive. These new proposals would slash city fees

Column: Suburban sprawl wins again in the battle against California’s housing crisis

By George Skelton : latimes – excerpt SACRAMENTO — It’s fitting that major legislation to fight urban sprawl by forcing denser housing was killed by lawmakers from Los Angeles County, the nation’s sprawl capital. Particularly fitting is that a leader of the L.A. death squad represents the San Fernando Valley, the epitome of sprawl. He’s … More Column: Suburban sprawl wins again in the battle against California’s housing crisis

UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders

By Tiffany Crawford :vancouversun – excerpt Researchers at the University of B.C. have found a link between living near highways and an increased risk of several major neurological disorders, including dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The study, published this week in Environmental Health, found proximity to major roads may also increase the risk for multiple sclerosis … More UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders