Advocates say canceling rent, mortgage payments during pandemic more helpful than delay of payment

By Lisa Deaderick : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt San Diego Rent Strike 2020 is one local organization advocating for the cancellation of rent and mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic While the moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 pandemic provided initial relief, the question of how to pay that back rent continues to hover. If … More Advocates say canceling rent, mortgage payments during pandemic more helpful than delay of payment

JPMorgan Chase, American Homes 4 Rent plan to build thousands of single-family rental homes

By Ben Lane : housingwire – excerpt Joint venture will develop SFR properties in West and Southeast One of the largest operators of single-family rental homes is partnering with one of the nation’s largest banks to build thousands of new rental homes. J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the asset management arm of JPMorgan Chase and American … More JPMorgan Chase, American Homes 4 Rent plan to build thousands of single-family rental homes

Landlord Under Fire for Accidentally CCing Tenants in Email About Being Evicted After Coronavirus

via email : People Magazine – excerpt A number of appalled residents of a Los Angeles property-management company are firing back at their landlord after Saturn Management accidentally copied all tenants in an insensitive email about rent payment amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Last Tuesday, roughly 300 tenants received a mass email about April’s … More Landlord Under Fire for Accidentally CCing Tenants in Email About Being Evicted After Coronavirus

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

UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders

By Tiffany Crawford :vancouversun – excerpt Researchers at the University of B.C. have found a link between living near highways and an increased risk of several major neurological disorders, including dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The study, published this week in Environmental Health, found proximity to major roads may also increase the risk for multiple sclerosis … More UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders

State Initiates Environmental Review for Proposed Delta Conveyance Project, Begins Public Scoping

press release : eastcountytoday – excerpt SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a proposal to modernize water infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, initiating environmental review in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The NOP, announcing the preparation of an environmental impact report … More State Initiates Environmental Review for Proposed Delta Conveyance Project, Begins Public Scoping

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