Gavin Newsom Won’t Block Building in High-Fire Areas

By Kathleen Ronayne : nbclosangeles – excerpt A desire to live near nature is embedded in California’s ethos, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday as he explained why he doesn’t want to block home building near forested areas at high risk for wildfires. “There’s something that is truly Californian about the wilderness and the wild and … More Gavin Newsom Won’t Block Building in High-Fire Areas

Political Punch: Hard times away from California’s coast are a problem for politicians

By John Wildermuth : sfchronicle – excerpt (via email) The state’s latest employment figures are chock full of good news for the Bay Area and Southern California, but bring more of the same dismal message to the Central Valley. That could be worrisome for a pair of Democrats who swept into Congress in November on … More Political Punch: Hard times away from California’s coast are a problem for politicians

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?

Fremont Councilman Bacon to run for Alameda County supervisor

By Joseph Geha : eastbaytimes – excerpt District 1 incumbent Scott Haggerty has been unopposed since 2000 FREMONT — Fremont City Councilman Vinnie Bacon is planning a 2020 run for Alameda County Supervisor in District 1, offering a challenge to longtime incumbent Scott Haggerty, who hasn’t faced an opponent for nearly two decades. “If you … More Fremont Councilman Bacon to run for Alameda County supervisor