California legislator revives bill to boost apartment complexes near transit

By Liam Dillon : latimes – excerpt A California state senator has revived a major effort to boost homebuilding near transit, a proposal he says is necessary to address the state’s housing affordability and climate change challenges that have only deepened since his initial bill failed earlier this year. Under the new proposal from Sen. … More California legislator revives bill to boost apartment complexes near transit

When demolition threatens neighborhood merchants

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt Plus a Rent Board nominee who helps landlords screw tenants and a chance to make Free City College permanent … that’s The Agenda for Dec. 2-9 The Board of Supes will consider Tuesday/4 extending a rule that exempts many property owner on commercial strips in D4 and D11 from … More When demolition threatens neighborhood merchants

Why Cities Must Tackle Single-Family Zoning

By Benjamin Schneider : citylab – excerpt As cities wake up to their housing crises, the problems with single-family-home residential zoning will become too egregious to ignore. In my neighborhood in San Francisco (or, more accurately, my parents’ neighborhood) there’s a plan afoot to build 42 units of new housing in two parking lots, just … More Why Cities Must Tackle Single-Family Zoning

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

LA’s Parallel Universes are on a Collision Course

By Dick Platkin : citywatch – excerpt PLATKIN ON PLANNING – The universe that Angelinos live in. If you live, work, or visit Los Angeles, you have undoubtedly witnessed the following, and can add other categories of your own:  The rents are too damn high. Climate change has arrived. Infrastructure is failing. Traffic congestion is getting … More LA’s Parallel Universes are on a Collision Course

Report: Navy using outdated standards in cleanup at Hunters Point Shipyard

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt Cleanup standards used by the Navy in the radioactive remediation at the Hunters Point Shipyard over the past decade were outdated and far less protective than current standards required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new report released Tuesday. The report is the third in … More Report: Navy using outdated standards in cleanup at Hunters Point Shipyard

Trump memo orders Central Valley water changes

by Chris Reed : calwatchdog – excerpt The Trump administration has launched a bold effort to up-end water policies in the Central Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, calling for big changes that would favor farmers over endangered species in allocating water. Helping craft the administration’s new approach: Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former … More Trump memo orders Central Valley water changes