Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

By Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP : lexology – excerpt Whether in CEQA or Efforts to Halt Climate Change, Will the State Wrest Control of Land Use Decisions Away From Locals?… As the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) concludes yet another round of public comment on proposed amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s … More Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

Appeals court rules in favor of Niles residents over ‘gateway’ development

By Joseph Geha : eastbaytimes – excerpt FREMONT — A state appeals court has ruled that a full environmental impact report is needed before a nearly 100-townhouse development planned for the historic Niles district of Fremont can proceed. The decision marks another victory for a small group of steadfast Niles residents who more than three … More Appeals court rules in favor of Niles residents over ‘gateway’ development

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

AB 686: CAN WE CREATE FAIR HOUSING BY SUING CITIES INTO SUBMISSION?

un4la – excerpt Art by un4la On the last day of May the State Assembly passed AB 686.  The bill was authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and the principal co-author was Senator Scott Wiener.  According to them, the bill addresses housing discrimination, and will “affirmatively further fair housing”.  Is this true?  Well, yes and no.  … More AB 686: CAN WE CREATE FAIR HOUSING BY SUING CITIES INTO SUBMISSION?

Drivers outraged over not enough parking at new Antioch BART Station

By J.R. Stone : KRON4 – excerpt (includes video) They are complaining about the parking situation. Some say they have nowhere to park and not enough spaces were built. There are hundreds of parking spaces available, but the issue at the new Antioch BART extension is at 6 a.m. People KRON4 spoke with said it is … More Drivers outraged over not enough parking at new Antioch BART Station

Efforts to build housing around transit threaten to price out those most dependent on bus and rail

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