A Judge Considers Stepping in After Encinitas Failed – Again – to Pass a Housing Plan

By Jesse Marx : voiceofsandiego – exerpt Much of coastal California is opposed to dense development. But opposition in Encinitas has reached unprecedented heights, testing the limits of local control while a statewide housing crisis unfolds. A San Diego County Superior judge sounded open Tuesday to suspending an Encinitas law giving locals final say over … More A Judge Considers Stepping in After Encinitas Failed – Again – to Pass a Housing Plan

LA City Hall’s 1-2 Punch Against its Own Residents

By Dick Platkin : citywatchla – excerpt PLATKIN ON PLANNING-You may think you live in a community or neighborhood, and you would not be wrong. But, if you log on to typical real estate websites, such as Niche, it is hard to find information about local communities. At best, you learn about test scores at … More LA City Hall’s 1-2 Punch Against its Own Residents

After FBI raid, L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar is stripped of his committee assignments

By David Zahniser  and Emily Alpert Reyes : latimes – excerpt Roughly a week after FBI agents raided his home and offices, Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has been removed from all of his committee assignments, including chairman of the powerful panel that reviews the city’s biggest development projects… Huizar has served for several … More After FBI raid, L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar is stripped of his committee assignments

LA’s Parallel Universes are on a Collision Course

By Dick Platkin : citywatch – excerpt PLATKIN ON PLANNING – The universe that Angelinos live in. If you live, work, or visit Los Angeles, you have undoubtedly witnessed the following, and can add other categories of your own:  The rents are too damn high. Climate change has arrived. Infrastructure is failing. Traffic congestion is getting … More LA’s Parallel Universes are on a Collision Course

City Is Poised to Back Down on Plan to Increase Height Limit – Again

by Andrew Keatts : voiceofsandiego – excerpt San Diego city planners are walking back plans to let developers build taller buildings near a new transit station at Tecolote Drive. Residents have fiercely opposed plans to allow more housing along the new Mid-Coast Trolley corridor. They’ve now twice won concessions from the city… (more)

Tetra Tech Wins $60 Million Water Resources Contract from L.A. County

By Dana Bartholomew : labusinessjournal – excerpt Tetra Tech Inc., a consulting and engineering firm based in Pasadena, has been awarded a $60 million water resources contract from Los Angeles County, the company announced Sept. 11. The three-year, multiple-award engineering services contract includes planning and support for flood hazard mitigation,cwater reuse and supply management and … More Tetra Tech Wins $60 Million Water Resources Contract from L.A. County

Cannella asks, why do only the rich get exemptions?

By Dan Walters : mercedsunstar – excerpt During his eight years as a state senator, Anthony Cannella rarely speechified on the Senate floor, unlike many more verbose colleagues. But he did so last Friday, the last day of the 2016-18 biennial session and Canella’s last time on the floor. The Ceres Republican rose to talk … More Cannella asks, why do only the rich get exemptions?

Is High-Density Housing Project Too Big for the Neighborhood?

By Nick Welsh : independent – excerpt It was a long hot, afternoon for developer Greg Reitz as he doubled down on Santa Barbara’s love-it-or-hate-it experiment to create new rental housing in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Reitz is proposing to raze most of the eight lots bounded by Anapamu, Garden, and Figueroa streets … More Is High-Density Housing Project Too Big for the Neighborhood?

How Control of Congress Could Swing on a Fight to Repeal California’s Gas Tax Image

By Adam Nagourney : nytimes – excerpt SAN FRANCISCO — It was enacted by the thinnest of margins: A 12-cent gasoline tax passed by lawmakers last year to finance a multi-billion-dollar campaign to repair California roads and bridges hobbled by years of neglect and disrepair. But the tax, which took effect in November, is now … More How Control of Congress Could Swing on a Fight to Repeal California’s Gas Tax Image