Gavin Newsom Won’t Block Building in High-Fire Areas

By Kathleen Ronayne : nbclosangeles – excerpt A desire to live near nature is embedded in California’s ethos, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday as he explained why he doesn’t want to block home building near forested areas at high risk for wildfires. “There’s something that is truly Californian about the wilderness and the wild and … More Gavin Newsom Won’t Block Building in High-Fire Areas

Political Punch: Hard times away from California’s coast are a problem for politicians

By John Wildermuth : sfchronicle – excerpt (via email) The state’s latest employment figures are chock full of good news for the Bay Area and Southern California, but bring more of the same dismal message to the Central Valley. That could be worrisome for a pair of Democrats who swept into Congress in November on … More Political Punch: Hard times away from California’s coast are a problem for politicians

Gavin Newsom’s housing lawsuit put 47 California cities on notice. Is yours on the list?

 By Bryan Anderson and Madeline Ashmun : sacbee – excerpt (includes map) Sue you, and you, and you! by SF Blue Comics In his State of the State address, California Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged the state’s housing problem. While he doesn’t intend to sue all of the cities for their failures to meet their housing obligations, he … More Gavin Newsom’s housing lawsuit put 47 California cities on notice. Is yours on the list?

Fremont Councilman Bacon to run for Alameda County supervisor

By Joseph Geha : eastbaytimes – excerpt District 1 incumbent Scott Haggerty has been unopposed since 2000 FREMONT — Fremont City Councilman Vinnie Bacon is planning a 2020 run for Alameda County Supervisor in District 1, offering a challenge to longtime incumbent Scott Haggerty, who hasn’t faced an opponent for nearly two decades. “If you … More Fremont Councilman Bacon to run for Alameda County supervisor

Andy Yan, the analyst who exposed Vancouver’s real estate disaster

by Terry Glavin : macleans – excerpt (includes interactive map) Hated by politicians, speculators and money-launderers, Andy Yan’s data on Vancouver housing has earned him the right to say, ‘I told you so’ Andy Yan is a 42-year-old East Vancouverite who came up out of the proud working class ranks of Van Tech high school, toiling … More Andy Yan, the analyst who exposed Vancouver’s real estate disaster

2019-20 Budget – Considerations for the Governor’s Housing Plan

LAO : The Legislative Analyst’s Office The California Legislature’s Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor Summary Housing in California has long been more expensive than most of the rest of the country. Addressing California’s housing crisis is one of the most difficult challenges facing the state. The 2019-20 Governor’s budget includes various proposals aimed at improving … More 2019-20 Budget – Considerations for the Governor’s Housing Plan