Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

By Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP : lexology – excerpt Whether in CEQA or Efforts to Halt Climate Change, Will the State Wrest Control of Land Use Decisions Away From Locals?… As the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) concludes yet another round of public comment on proposed amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s … More Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

AB 686: CAN WE CREATE FAIR HOUSING BY SUING CITIES INTO SUBMISSION?

un4la – excerpt Art by un4la On the last day of May the State Assembly passed AB 686.  The bill was authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and the principal co-author was Senator Scott Wiener.  According to them, the bill addresses housing discrimination, and will “affirmatively further fair housing”.  Is this true?  Well, yes and no.  … More AB 686: CAN WE CREATE FAIR HOUSING BY SUING CITIES INTO SUBMISSION?

Editorial: BART housing bill exposes lots of hypocrisy

Chronicle editorial board : sfchronicle – excerpt People’s parking: The North Berkeley BART station’s locally beloved expanse of asphalt. The Berkeley City Council went on record Tuesday solemnly urging the governor to declare homelessness a statewide emergency while noting its own “comprehensive” efforts to grapple with the housing shortage. At the same time, the council … More Editorial: BART housing bill exposes lots of hypocrisy

Who is causing California’s housing shortage?

By Marisa Kendall, Bay Area News Group and Democrat staff : dailydemocrat – excerpt Everyone has a theory about who’s to blame for the housing shortage that’s driving up prices and chasing families out of the region and state. A new poll offers surprising insights into where most of us point the finger: not at … More Who is causing California’s housing shortage?

Wiener’s Even More Onerous Senate Bill 828

by Richard Hall : marinpost – excerpt While Senate Bill 827 is getting all the attention it deserves, sitting in its’ shadow is another equally onerous Senate Bill proposed by Scott Wiener and likely authored again his partner in crime Brian Hanlon – See Senate Bill 828 with the innocuous title “Land Use: Housing Element”… … More Wiener’s Even More Onerous Senate Bill 828