By Esmé E. Deprez : bloomberg – excerpt Third-party ownership and decades-long contracts can create real headaches. On a rare rainy day early last year, my husband, Alex, and I toured what, with any luck, would become the most exciting and daunting purchase of our lives: a cream-colored bungalow-style fixer-upper, built in 1924, a few … More What Happened When I Bought a House With Solar Panels
By Justin Fox : bloomberg – excerpt Cheap stick framing has led to a proliferation of blocky, forgettable mid-rises—and more than a few construction fires. These buildings are in almost every U.S. city. They range from three to seven stories tall and can stretch for blocks. They’re usually full of rental apartments, but they can … More Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same
By Joe Garofoli on Political Punch: sfchronicle – (includes podcast) San Francisco Democrat Phil Ting has a powerful seat as the head of the Assembly’s Budget Committee. Ting will be extra busy when budget hearings start in a few weeks especially with Gov. Gavin Newsom proposing all sorts of new programs, from offering a second … More Can California Afford Everything Gavin Newsom Wants?
Edward C. Baig : usatoday – excerpt Want a job at Google? Google plans to hire tens of thousands of employees across the U.S. this year, through investments in new data centers and offices. CEO Sundar Pichai announced Google’s plans in a blog post Wednesday. According to Pichai, Google’s investment of more than $13 billion … More Google plans to add tens of thousands of new jobs as it expands in 14 states
J. K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt In 2014 and 2015, Chinese real estate development company Z&L Properties jumped into the California market with a splash, going on a buying spree that would eventually include 12 housing sites in the Bay Area and Los Angeles that, when built out, would yield 3,400 condos. The portfolio … More Suits, overruns slow condo projects by Chinese developers in SF
By Jonas Minton : secbee – excerpt Despite many high priority issues on his plate, one of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first tests will be how he deals with California’s water challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, in the last days of his term Gov. Jerry Brown made a bad bargain with the Trump administration and special interests. … More Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess
RT – excerpt Driverless cars could spark a gridlock nightmare to avoid paying for parking, a new study warns. Autonomous vehicles could even gang up to create traffic delays, allowing them to continuously cruise around instead of park. The idea sounds like a smart one: Avoid ever having to pay for parking by getting your … More ‘Incentive to create havoc’: Self-driving cars set to turn streets into gridlocked hell – study
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