Push by Environmentalists to Build Housing Near Transit Centers Meets Stiff Resistance

By Chris Reed : capoliticalreview – excerpt Over the past dozen years, the California environmental lobby has never seemed more powerful in the Legislature and in state government. Under Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown, the Golden State has passed bold laws and emerged as the global leader in government efforts to combat climate change – with Gov.-elect … More Push by Environmentalists to Build Housing Near Transit Centers Meets Stiff Resistance

A dying mall near Apple’s headquarters is turning into a fight over Silicon Valley’s soul

By Roland Li : sfchronicle – excerpt As Apple flourished in Cupertino, becoming the first American company worth $1 trillion, Vallco Shopping Mall rotted away in its shadow. The 1976 mall was home to the retail giants of the 20th century: Macy’s, Sears and J.C. Penney, which all closed their stores in the last three … More A dying mall near Apple’s headquarters is turning into a fight over Silicon Valley’s soul

A Judge Considers Stepping in After Encinitas Failed – Again – to Pass a Housing Plan

By Jesse Marx : voiceofsandiego – exerpt Much of coastal California is opposed to dense development. But opposition in Encinitas has reached unprecedented heights, testing the limits of local control while a statewide housing crisis unfolds. A San Diego County Superior judge sounded open Tuesday to suspending an Encinitas law giving locals final say over … More A Judge Considers Stepping in After Encinitas Failed – Again – to Pass a Housing Plan

Tax breaks for corporations are a bad idea, new study shows

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt The Twitter tax break, the tax breaks for Amazon — they do a lot more harm than good. It’s time SF officials admitted that. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is criticizing the massive tax incentives that New York is giving to Amazon – and that’s created a lot of much-needed discussion … More Tax breaks for corporations are a bad idea, new study shows

Six YIMBYs on a mission

By J.K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt YIMBY Action, the pioneering pro-housing group, has about 2,100 members and chapters in San Francisco city neighborhoods. Here are some of the neighborhood YIMBYs who advocate for more residential development in their areas. Jane Natoli Neighborhood: Inner Richmond Occupation: Financial crimes investigator Steven Buss Neighborhood: The Mission Occupation: … More Six YIMBYs on a mission