MTC Makes a Mockery of Citizen Engagement

By Susan Kirsch : marinpost – excerpt MTC has devised a frivolous and virtually meaningless two-month public participation process that failed to identify a range of stakeholders or identify appropriately geared activities to engage them. They cheerily call their report Pop-Up Events Get People Talking About Bay Area’s Future. If you want to good laugh … More MTC Makes a Mockery of Citizen Engagement

A Taste of the Climate Apocalypse to Come

by Abrahm Lustgarten : propublica – excerpt PG&E’s rolling blackouts probably don’t eliminate fire risk, and they actually could make responding to fires harder. What they largely do is shift responsibility away from the company… ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories … More A Taste of the Climate Apocalypse to Come

Governor Gavin Newsom Signs 18 Bills to Boost Housing Production

Signs SB 330, major legislation to remove local barriers to building more housing Signs AB 1763 to incentivize affordable housing density Signs package of bills to ease construction of accessory dwelling units Legislation builds on urgent action undertaken by the Administration to tackle California’s housing affordability crisis .. (more)

These laws could make life a little easier for low-income Californians

calmatters – excerpt A suite of low-profile bills could help millions of people. Think of them as a bit like aspirin: They don’t get at the roots of poverty but they could relieve some of the pain. Lawmakers have passed a suite of bills that aim to ease financial burdens for Californians living paycheck to … More These laws could make life a little easier for low-income Californians

Gov. and Legislature Ignoring Appellate Court’s Order to Return ‘Unlawfully Diverted’ Subprime Crisis Funds

By Katy Grimes : californiaglobe – excerpt The settlement funds would have directly helped low-income families and people of color In 2018, Gov. Jerry Brown was ordered by the state’s 3rd Appellate District Court to repay more than $331 million in funds the state illegally diverted from a national fund intended to help homeowners struggling … More Gov. and Legislature Ignoring Appellate Court’s Order to Return ‘Unlawfully Diverted’ Subprime Crisis Funds

California’s largest recycling center closes, shuttering 300 redemption sites

By Annie Sciacca : mercurynews – excerpt (includes video) https://youtu.be/WWqlIhwVcZ4 With probes and clipboards, Chinese inspectors tour Bay Area recycling centers at least once a month, testing our trash to see if it meets their new high standards. Until recently, almost all of our vast piles of plastic and paper refuse were sold and shipped overseas, promising … More California’s largest recycling center closes, shuttering 300 redemption sites

Location Exception to CEQA’s Categorical Exemptions Applies Only to Designated Environmental Resources Affected by The Project

By Lindsey Quock and Perkins Coie : judsupra – excerpt The location exception to CEQA’s categorical exemptions does not apply to earthquake and landslide hazard zones, as they are not “environmental resources” that would be affected by a project. Berkeley Hills Watershed Coalition v. City of Berkeley, 31 Cal.App.5th 880 (1st Dist. 2019). The City … More Location Exception to CEQA’s Categorical Exemptions Applies Only to Designated Environmental Resources Affected by The Project