by Gennady Sheyner : paloaltoonline – excerpt Casa Compact aims to promote new housing while overriding local authority A sweeping package of proposals to preserve and expand the Bay Area’s housing stock by passing new renter protections, loosening zoning restrictions and expediting the approval process for residential developments is making its way to the state … More Regional housing plan splits elected leaders
from nine-county-coalition – excerpt The Bay Area’s MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission) looks really good on paper. It has an attractive website rich with information, it has the support of potent organizations such as SPUR and the Bay Area Council, and since its hostile takeover of ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) MTC holds the transportation … More Let’s Declare January MTC Awareness Month!
By Polly Baker : nine-county-coalition – excerpt What if your government set up and operated a regional system of agencies with the goal of eliminating your legal political power and jurisdictions while it took control of your life? If this sounds crazy, I assure you it is not. Check it out for yourself: https://barc.ca.gov/ The … More BARC-ing Up The Wrong Tree
excerpted from the NMA E-Newsletter #521 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on Thursday released a report saying motorists ought to pay up to $70 billion in higher taxes and tolls every year. The 650 page document laid out the conventional argument of transportation officials who insist that drivers simply are not paying … More National Academies Report Demands $70 Billion In Highway Tolls, Taxes
By Ida Mojadad : sfweekly – excerpt State regulators are weighing a dramatic shake-up of PG&E. Could San Francisco join dozens of other jurisdictions in establishing a public utility? What would California’s increasingly devastating wildfires look like if PG&E were beholden to the people instead of to its shareholders? That’s the crux of a proposal … More Smart Ideas From Other Cities: Utilities Powered by the People
By Patrick Sisson : curbed – excerpt From homelessness and housing to big tech and budgets, the forces shaping urbanism in the coming year. Here are 10 big issues expected to play oversized roles in shaping the story of cities in 2019. The elimination of single-family zoning and parking minimums How far will the scooter invasion … More 10 challenges that will define cities in 2019
By Jill Cowan : nytimes – excerpt I recently wrote about how California can feel like home to almost anyone. But even if it feels like home, it’s increasingly tough to afford living in the state. Scott Wiener, a state senator from San Francisco, says he’s trying to fix that. He’s the legislator behind a … More California lawmaker Scott Wiener says he ‘Took to Heart’ Housing Bill Criticism