53 percent of Californians want to leave the state, according to new survey

By Alix Martichoux : sfgate – excerpt Dreaming of greener (read: cheaper) pastures? You’re not alone. According to a new survey by Edelman Intelligence, 53 percent of Californians are considering moving out of state due to the high cost of living. Millennials are even more likely to flee the Golden State — 63 percent of them … More 53 percent of Californians want to leave the state, according to new survey

What Happened When I Bought a House With Solar Panels

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

There Are 2 Vacant Investor-Owned Homes for Every Homeless Person in America

By: Carl Gibson : gritpost – excerpt The difference between the greed of the wealthy and the precariousness of American workers is painfully stark when looking at vacant homes. 2016 figures from ATTOM Data Solutions — which publishes comprehensive housing data — show that wealthy investors are buying up more and more real estate as … More There Are 2 Vacant Investor-Owned Homes for Every Homeless Person in America

Carl DeMaio Names 12 Democrat Legislators as Targets in Campaign to Defeat the Water Tax

By Carl DeMaio Group that successfully recalled State Senator Josh Newman in 2018 over Gas Tax will now target 12 “Water Tax Weaklings” in State Senate and State Assembly In 2018, State Senator Josh Newman was successfully recalled from office over his decision to cast the deciding vote on the controversial Gas Tax hike. In … More Carl DeMaio Names 12 Democrat Legislators as Targets in Campaign to Defeat the Water Tax

California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

By Nick Cahill : courthousenews – excerpt SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – A group of Northern California lawmakers seeking more sway over a mammoth $17 billion water project introduced a proposal Friday that would require new construction contracts to be reviewed by the Legislature. The Legislative Delta Caucus says because of the scope of the California … More California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

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

Macy’s Selling Another Union Square Building

By Julie Litman : bisnow – excerpt Macy’s plans to sell its 240K SF building in San Francisco’s Union Square at Stockton and Geary streets. The I. Magnin building is separate from the Union Square Macy’s flagship store, which will remain the largest department store in the Bay Area with 700K SF… (more) See this … More Macy’s Selling Another Union Square Building

Litigation isn’t the answer for more affordable housing, Mr. Governor, overhauling CEQA is

By Tyler Diep : ocregister – excerpt In one of his first official acts as Governor, Gavin Newsom has declared hostility against one of the cities that I have the honor of representing in the Legislature: Huntington Beach. Governor Newsom announced the lawsuit this past Friday, along with Attorney General Xavier Becerra, to litigate high … More Litigation isn’t the answer for more affordable housing, Mr. Governor, overhauling CEQA is

Dick Spotswood: Larkspur ferry parking structure stalled by ideology

By Dick Spotswood : marinij – excerpt Golden Gate Ferry statistics show that peak-period boats are at capacity. Likewise, the ferry terminal parking lot off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is jammed. Significantly, there’s demand for increased ferry service on the existing route to the San Francisco Ferry Building and, given water transit’s rising popularity, a … More Dick Spotswood: Larkspur ferry parking structure stalled by ideology

Parking Near Transit Increases Ridership During Peak Commute Hours

By Tom Rubin­ Transit is not always an alternative to parking capacity. The ridership for the Los Angeles Subway (now Red and Purple Lines) was projected at 298,000 in 2000, the year it opened. In the best years, the total barely got over half of that. What is interesting is that the stations South of the Hollywood … More Parking Near Transit Increases Ridership During Peak Commute Hours