CaRLA Disappointed in Huntington Beach Housing Lawsuit Ruling

by Greg Magofña : CaRLA – excerpt An absurd ruling in our Huntington Beach Lawsuit We are simultaneously disappointed in and surprised by a trial judge’s ruling last week to deny 48 units of desperately needed and zoning-compliant housing in Huntington Beach on the grounds that the project is not protected by the Housing Accountability … More CaRLA Disappointed in Huntington Beach Housing Lawsuit Ruling

The American Dream is dying a slow death in California

By Bob Silvestri : marinpost – excerpt It’s easy to become numb to warnings about the future, these days. Every minute of every day the mainstream media bombards us with shrieks about some new “crisis” or another “war on…” whatever, to the point of exhaustion. However, every once in a while, the fire drill is … More The American Dream is dying a slow death in California

California Housing Legislation Effective in 2021

Alfred Fraijo Jr., Yue Shi, Kira TeshimaSheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP : jdsupra – excerpt The California Legislature made modest gains on housing production and stimulus bills in 2020, and there are several notable bills that took effect on January 1, 2021.  The new laws tackle COVID-19, project permit streamlining and planning, residential density … More California Housing Legislation Effective in 2021

Evidence Mounting of Market Solution to Housing

By Thomas D. Elias : californiafocus – excerpt New evidence arrives almost every day backing the concept of a market-based solution to California’s housing shortage, one that does not have to involve politicians at all. Of course, that offends politicos like San Francisco’s Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, who persists in the notion that high-density, … More Evidence Mounting of Market Solution to Housing

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