The unelected bureaucracies that keep us stuck in traffic

By Jackie Lavalleye : californiapolicycenter – excerpt … In December 1991, the role of the Associations of Governments was expanded by passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. This law provided more power over planning to metropolitan areas; thereby, increasing the authority of metropolitan planning organizations over transportation-related activities. In short, every … More The unelected bureaucracies that keep us stuck in traffic

Wiener Drives Forward Highway Safety Bill

By Nuala Sawyer : sfweekly – excerpt A new Senate bill draws attention to state highways disguised as city streets — like Van Ness Avenue, pictured above — and examines how to make them safer for everyone…  In San Francisco, several highways disguise themselves as neighborhood streets. Van Ness Avenue and the western half of Lombard … More Wiener Drives Forward Highway Safety Bill

Every city of Santa Clara County expresses serious concerns on CASA Compact

By Liang-Fang Chao : youtube – excerpt Video of the Jan 10, 2019 Cities Association of Santa Clara County Board Meeting on CASA compact… By Larry Klein At the Jan. 10 board meeting of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County. Every board member (elected city council member repressing a city) expresses serious concerns on … More Every city of Santa Clara County expresses serious concerns on CASA Compact

Delineating CEQA’s Scope: First District Holds CEQA Does Not Apply To Ministerial Approval Of Multifamily Housing Project Allowed By Right Under Zoning Where City’s Discretion Was Limited To Design Review

by Miller Starr Regalia : jusuupra – excerpt In an opinion filed December 18, 2018, and later ordered published on January 10, 2019, the First District Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment denying appellant citizen groups’ writ petition challenging the City of St. Helena’s approval of an 8-unit, multifamily housing project and related demolition and … More Delineating CEQA’s Scope: First District Holds CEQA Does Not Apply To Ministerial Approval Of Multifamily Housing Project Allowed By Right Under Zoning Where City’s Discretion Was Limited To Design Review

What the regional housing “compact” amounts to — so far

By Zelda Bronstein : 48hills – excerpt Plenty of bills that will please developers and landlords; not so many for tenants and vulnerable communities. The first installment of my CASA story listed bills introduced in the state Legislature on December 3, most notably Scott Wiener’s do-over of his failed SB 827, SB 50, that incorporate … More What the regional housing “compact” amounts to — so far

Let’s Declare January MTC Awareness Month!

from nine-county-coalition – excerpt The Bay Area’s MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission) looks really good on paper. It has an attractive website rich with information, it has the support of potent organizations such as SPUR and the Bay Area Council, and since its hostile takeover of ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) MTC holds the transportation … More Let’s Declare January MTC Awareness Month!