Building a house in California is expensive. These new proposals would slash city fees

By Hannah Wiley : sacbee – excerpt California Democrats unveiled on Monday a package of eight proposals that attempt to spur construction of new homes by slashing some of the fees that local governments charge for building permits. Those fees can run into the tens of thousands of dollars per house, driving up the cost … More Building a house in California is expensive. These new proposals would slash city fees

Column: Suburban sprawl wins again in the battle against California’s housing crisis

By George Skelton : latimes – excerpt SACRAMENTO — It’s fitting that major legislation to fight urban sprawl by forcing denser housing was killed by lawmakers from Los Angeles County, the nation’s sprawl capital. Particularly fitting is that a leader of the L.A. death squad represents the San Fernando Valley, the epitome of sprawl. He’s … More Column: Suburban sprawl wins again in the battle against California’s housing crisis

Need to Protect Installed Solar Systems

December 9, 2019 Supervisors: re: Consider Legislation to protect installed solar rooftop systems Please consider legislation to protect installed solar rooftop systems as you move forward legislation to required them. As we celebrate the record number of solar panel installations in California, we need to consider what can to done legislatively to protect the installed … More Need to Protect Installed Solar Systems

National Trends Organic Urbanism is the Cure for New Urbanism By Douglas Newby : newgeography – excerpt

Organic Urbanism is the Cure for New Urbanism By Douglas Newby : newgeography – excerpt The New Normal. Who needs trees when you can have cranes and 100’s of thousands of new neighbors? New Urbanism is like a virus. For 50 years it keeps coming back in mutated forms. It needs a cure. First, the only … More National Trends Organic Urbanism is the Cure for New Urbanism By Douglas Newby : newgeography – excerpt

Governor Gavin Newsom Signs 18 Bills to Boost Housing Production

Signs SB 330, major legislation to remove local barriers to building more housing Signs AB 1763 to incentivize affordable housing density Signs package of bills to ease construction of accessory dwelling units Legislation builds on urgent action undertaken by the Administration to tackle California’s housing affordability crisis .. (more)

Gov. and Legislature Ignoring Appellate Court’s Order to Return ‘Unlawfully Diverted’ Subprime Crisis Funds

By Katy Grimes : californiaglobe – excerpt The settlement funds would have directly helped low-income families and people of color In 2018, Gov. Jerry Brown was ordered by the state’s 3rd Appellate District Court to repay more than $331 million in funds the state illegally diverted from a national fund intended to help homeowners struggling … More Gov. and Legislature Ignoring Appellate Court’s Order to Return ‘Unlawfully Diverted’ Subprime Crisis Funds

Effort to make LA more eco-friendly means foreclosure for one homeowner

Hosted by Steve Chiotakis : kcrw – excerpt (includes audio) By Anna Scott Standing in her den, Gwendolyn Lang looks up at a faded family portrait on the wall. Taken in the late 1970s, it shows Lang and her late husband with five of their six children. “All except one,” she said, adding that the … More Effort to make LA more eco-friendly means foreclosure for one homeowner

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