By Thomas D. Elias : californiafocus – excerpt New evidence arrives almost every day backing the concept of a market-based solution to California’s housing shortage, one that does not have to involve politicians at all. Of course, that offends politicos like San Francisco’s Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener, who persists in the notion that high-density, … More Evidence Mounting of Market Solution to Housing
By Lisa Deaderick : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt San Diego Rent Strike 2020 is one local organization advocating for the cancellation of rent and mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic While the moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 pandemic provided initial relief, the question of how to pay that back rent continues to hover. If … More Advocates say canceling rent, mortgage payments during pandemic more helpful than delay of payment
By Scott Wiener, Anthony Iron : theatlantic – excerpt Undue fears of urban density warp public policy—and make Americans more vulnerable. Cities are a boon for public health—even now. As public-health experts have known for decades, people who live in a city are likely to walk and bike more often, and they live closer to … More A Backlash Against Cities Would Be Dangerous
By Joe Eskenazi : missionlocal – excerpt Veritas, the massive real estate company that owns more than 200 San Francisco properties and in recent years reported a value exceeding $3 billion, was the recipient of a Payroll Protection Program loan of the sort ostensibly earmarked for small businesses. “We applied for and received a Payroll … More Veritas, San Francisco’s largest landlord with reported $3B in assets, received PPP ‘small business’ loan
By Brock Keeling : curbed – excerpt The tech titan’s move into an Art Deco monolith in Mid-Market was supposed to be a symbol of change. Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, emailed his employees Tuesday to tell them that they can work from home permanently, even after the pandemic’s shelter-in-place order ends. “If our employees are … More Now that Twitter employees can work at home forever, what’s to become of its headquarters?
Linked in editor via email : linkedin Small businesses that make up the fabric of communities and daily life in every corner the U.S. are closing their doors forever after the pandemic and subsequent closures ground income to a halt. Despite multiple programs launched aimed at helping local firms survive, 100,000 have already shuttered, according … More Fate of Small Businesses not looking good, Paycheck Protection Program not getting to intended recipients
abc7news – excerpt (includes video) Board president Cindy Chavez is laying the groundwork for what some are calling a visionary plan. “Let’s be as creative and innovative as we can. Let’s not let all the suffering that we’ve had for the last eight weeks go to waste,” she said. After the COVID-19 pandemic is over, … More Coronavirus Impact: Santa Clara Co. proposal would allow more employees to work from home after pandemic
By Sabrina Tavernise and Sarah Mervosh : nytimes – excerpt The urge among some residents to leave because of the coronavirus may be temporary. But it follows a deeper, more powerful demographic trend. Even before the coronavirus, Nina Brajovic wasn’t so sure about her life in New York. As a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, she spent … More America’s Biggest Cities Were Already Losing Their Allure. What Happens Next?
via email : People Magazine – excerpt A number of appalled residents of a Los Angeles property-management company are firing back at their landlord after Saturn Management accidentally copied all tenants in an insensitive email about rent payment amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Last Tuesday, roughly 300 tenants received a mass email about April’s … More Landlord Under Fire for Accidentally CCing Tenants in Email About Being Evicted After Coronavirus
By Mike Moffitt : sfgate – excerpt A Safeway customer who couldn’t understand why a checker refused to bag her groceries turned to Nextdoor for an explanation. In a post Friday to her Pacifica and Daly City neighbors, she quoted the cashier as saying, “You’ll have to bag your own groceries, we were told we … More Why clerks won’t bag your reusable tote at Safeway, other stores any more