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
By Kevin Yakamura : politico – excerpt CHANGE OF HEART? While cities were major opponents of controversial legislation this year to help developers build housing near bus and rail lines, big-city mayors say they’re willing to work next year with the California lawmaker behind the idea, reports POLITICO’s Angela Hart. State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San … More Mayors talk CEQA changes
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
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
By Julian Mark : missionlocal – excerpt The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is proposing to build a 12-story tower on the corner of 18th and Mission — now the site of a dilapidated former stove store — that would contain 63 below-market-rate condos. The proposed building would be the tallest building in the Mission, … More MEDA upgrades plans to 12-story tower at 18th and Mission — the tallest building in the Mission
By Dan Walters : mercedsunstar – excerpt During his eight years as a state senator, Anthony Cannella rarely speechified on the Senate floor, unlike many more verbose colleagues. But he did so last Friday, the last day of the 2016-18 biennial session and Canella’s last time on the floor. The Ceres Republican rose to talk … More Cannella asks, why do only the rich get exemptions?
By MARISA KENDALL : eastbayexpress – excerpt (includes active overview) Massive building boom tears through city LEEK NEW CONDOS rise up amid the graffiti-covered warehouses, artist’s studios and homeless encampments of West Oakland. Construction cranes dot the downtown skyline, and scaffolding-shrouded towers march down Broadway into Temescal. An extraordinary residential building boom is shaking up … More ‘The Oakland we knew is not going to remain’
By Patricia Chiang : bizjournals – excerpt One of the basic laws of the physical universe that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It generally applies to the political universe, too. Housing advocates like YIMBYs have raised their profile and stepped up their game in the last couple years, backing candidates … More Our View: ‘Local control’ of housing is the problem, not the solution
By Richard Eber, California Political News and Views : citizensjournal – excerpt Next Monday in a obscure Sacramento meeting room, an important event is set to transpire that affects the course of California politics for years to come. The Senate Appropriations Committee will determine if AB 2923, which has already been passed by the Assembly, … More Can AB 2923 be knocked out?
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?