Chronicle editorial board : sfchronicle – excerpt People’s parking: The North Berkeley BART station’s locally beloved expanse of asphalt. The Berkeley City Council went on record Tuesday solemnly urging the governor to declare homelessness a statewide emergency while noting its own “comprehensive” efforts to grapple with the housing shortage. At the same time, the council … More Editorial: BART housing bill exposes lots of hypocrisy
by: Susan Kirsch : marinpost A five-member team traveled to the State Capitol on Monday, May 21 and met with Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, aides of Appropriations Vice Chair Senator Patricia Bates, and the aides of Senators Jim Beall, Steven Bradford, Jerry Hill, and Jim Nielsen. Our team consisted of Jorge … More Livable California goes to Sacramento to argue against SB 828
By Joshua Emerson Smith : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt The greatest risk is the places that are already showing signs of gentrification. There’s already value in those neighborhoods and the private market has seen… Lawmakers, academics and urban planners from Southern California to Sacramento have long called for building denser housing around transit stops. The idea … More Efforts to build housing around transit threaten to price out those most dependent on bus and rail
By Mayor Bill Brand : planningreport – excerpt “We want to pass a statewide citizen-led initiative that amends the state constitution to protect local zoning and land-use regulations.” – Mayor Bill Brand In reaction to legislation threatening to usurp local control of housing and land-use policy by the state, mayors and local officials are mobilizing … More Mayor Brand to CA Legislature: Instead of Simplistic Supply Side SB827, Give Cities Resources
By John Mirisch : newgeography – excerpt Construction comes with a high cost to residents’ health. All is not rosy for the residents of the new Mission Bay housing springing up along the San Francisco Bay who are getting a dose of dust and contaminants from the piles of excavated dirt blowing their way. Photo … More The Urban Humanism Manifesto: Putting Communities First
By Matthew Renda : courthousenews – excerpt SAN JOSE, Calif. (CN) – Silicon Valley’s largest water district executed an about-face regarding California Gov. Jerry Brown’s beloved water project on Friday, indicating a willingness to foot $650 million for the Delta Tunnels. Six months after voting down contributing to the Delta Tunnels project, the Santa Clara Valley Water … More Silicon Valley’s Water District to Revisit Delta Tunnels
By Conor Dougherty : nytimes – excerpt SACRAMENTO — Just before a committee of California state senators voted on a landmark bill to ramp up housing production by overriding local resistance, legislator after legislator talked about a dire affordable-housing crisis that demanded bold action and a marked increase in new building. Then they killed the bill. … More California Lawmakers Kill Housing Bill After Fierce Debate
Clearing up the details of the SB 827 vote A number of misinformed statements regarding the vote on SB 827 have been circulating. This is the official statement signed by the Chair of the Transportation and Housing Committee, Senator Beall. The vote was 6 no, 4 aye, and 3 not voting. If Scott can talk … More SB 827 is up for reconsideration on April 24 after the bill lost this week.
By Hydee R. Feldstein : citywatchla – excerpt (includes a great graphic) CALL TO ACTION-On January 4, 2018, Senator Bob Wieckowski introduced SB 831, a bill that would have amended the just-last-year enacted “Granny Flats” sections of state law to require, rather than simply permit, cities, states and other municipalities to provide by ordinance for … More SB 831: Senator Wiener’s Wacky World on Steroids Must be Defeated!
By David Zahniser and Jon Schleuss : latimes – excerpt The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to oppose a bill allowing residential buildings of four to eight stories on streets near public transit, despite objections from business leaders and groups that favor higher-density housing. The 13-0 vote makes L.A. the largest municipality in California to … More L.A. votes to fight state lawmaker’s push for high-density housing