The State of California steps into the public banking revolution with SB 528

publicbankinginstitute  – excerpt The bill SB 528, introduced Feb 21 by CA State Senator Ben Hueso, would convert the California I-Bank — a state revolving fund with a 20 year history — into a true depository bank with a reserve account at the Federal Reserve. PBI Chair Ellen Brown commented about the bill’s approach to … More The State of California steps into the public banking revolution with SB 528

California Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of De Novo and Substantial Evidence Standards Of Review In CEQA Cases

In Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (S219783), the California Supreme Court unanimously reaffirmed that the substantial evidence standard of review does not always apply when a lead agency prepares an environmental impact report (“EIR”) for a development project. Rather, the court determined that the less deferential de novo standard applies if the EIR’s discussion of a potentially significant … More California Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of De Novo and Substantial Evidence Standards Of Review In CEQA Cases

Gavin Newsom’s housing lawsuit put 47 California cities on notice. Is yours on the list?

 By Bryan Anderson and Madeline Ashmun : sacbee – excerpt (includes map) Sue you, and you, and you! by SF Blue Comics In his State of the State address, California Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged the state’s housing problem. While he doesn’t intend to sue all of the cities for their failures to meet their housing obligations, he … More Gavin Newsom’s housing lawsuit put 47 California cities on notice. Is yours on the list?

2019-20 Budget – Considerations for the Governor’s Housing Plan

LAO : The Legislative Analyst’s Office The California Legislature’s Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor Summary Housing in California has long been more expensive than most of the rest of the country. Addressing California’s housing crisis is one of the most difficult challenges facing the state. The 2019-20 Governor’s budget includes various proposals aimed at improving … More 2019-20 Budget – Considerations for the Governor’s Housing Plan

My turn: Don’t blame environmental law for California’s housing crisis

By Ashley Werner : calmatters – excerpt California is facing a housing crisis of unprecedented proportions. Lower-income residents across the state must choose whether to pay for rent or food. People who can’t cover housing costs are forced to leave their homes, their neighborhoods and even the state. But as legislators resume discussions regarding policy … More My turn: Don’t blame environmental law for California’s housing crisis

City Attorney Outlines Impacts on Santa Barbara of State Housing Legislation

By Giana Magnoli : noozhawk – excerpt With laws ‘basically designed to strip local control,’ city planners are working to create objective design standards for development projects. Santa Barbara city planners will spend the next year creating objective design standards for development projects in response to the package of state housing legislation that then-Gov. Jerry … More City Attorney Outlines Impacts on Santa Barbara of State Housing Legislation

Editorial: Amazon HQ2 fiasco carries lessons for Bay Area

themercurynews – excerpt It’s imperative that communities and tech firms build healthy relationships and work together to resolve differences… The Bay Area and the tech industry have much to learn from Amazon’s New York headquarters debacle, which ended last week when the tech giant backed out of the deal to put its HQ2 in Queens. … More Editorial: Amazon HQ2 fiasco carries lessons for Bay Area

53 percent of Californians want to leave the state, according to new survey

By Alix Martichoux : sfgate – excerpt Dreaming of greener (read: cheaper) pastures? You’re not alone. According to a new survey by Edelman Intelligence, 53 percent of Californians are considering moving out of state due to the high cost of living. Millennials are even more likely to flee the Golden State — 63 percent of them … More 53 percent of Californians want to leave the state, according to new survey

What Happened When I Bought a House With Solar Panels

By Esmé E. Deprez : bloomberg – excerpt Third-party ownership and decades-long contracts can create real headaches. On a rare rainy day early last year, my husband, Alex, and I toured what, with any luck, would become the most exciting and daunting purchase of our lives: a cream-colored bungalow-style fixer-upper, built in 1924, a few … More What Happened When I Bought a House With Solar Panels

Can California Afford Everything Gavin Newsom Wants?

By Joe Garofoli on Political Punch: sfchronicle – (includes podcast) San Francisco Democrat Phil Ting has a powerful seat as the head of the Assembly’s Budget Committee. Ting will be extra busy when budget hearings start in a few weeks especially with Gov. Gavin Newsom proposing all sorts of new programs, from offering a second … More Can California Afford Everything Gavin Newsom Wants?