Working in a wasteland

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By Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes : sfchronicle – excerpt (includes maps and graphs) Sent to work on a Superfund site, they were told they were safe. But the S.F. cops stationed at the old Hunters Point shipyard had good reason to doubt. Fourteen years before the lump appeared on his…

OPINION: How to fix the toxic Hunters Point Shipyard mess

By Tony Kelly : 48hills – excerpt Start by restoring community oversight and retesting every part and parcel of the project area The US Navy recently announced the first steps of its plan to re-test some contaminated soil of the Lennar Shipyard, after a faked called “the biggest eco-fraud in US history” was carried out … More OPINION: How to fix the toxic Hunters Point Shipyard mess

San Francisco’s 1986 cap on office space now a hurdle — but fix may be in works

D. K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell and Supervisor Aaron Peskin think they have found a solution to a problem posed by Proposition M, a 1986 cap on development that threatens to block millions of square feet of new commercial space South of Market. The fix, which has the potential … More San Francisco’s 1986 cap on office space now a hurdle — but fix may be in works

Granny flats and renters’ tax credits: Which California housing bills lived and died Friday

By Katy Murphy : mercurynews – excerpt SACRAMENTO — An array of bills aimed at easing California’s housing crisis, from banning fees on “granny flats” to pushing housing development on BART property, cleared a key hurdle on Friday, while others died quietly in fiscal committees…   As negotiations over state spending approach the June 15 … More Granny flats and renters’ tax credits: Which California housing bills lived and died Friday

For the New Urban Density Hawks, Community Character is Not an Option

By John Mirisch : citywatchla – excerpt GUEST WORDS–Urban planning exists to serve people and communities, not the other way around. Unfortunately, urban planners these days, perhaps under the influence of academic arrogance as well as the lure of developer dollars, seem to forget this simple truism. A particularly invidious form of planning orthodoxy involves … More For the New Urban Density Hawks, Community Character is Not an Option

California State Legislators Blame Cities for Housing Crisis. Local Community Leaders disagree and Kill the Bill.

What they want to do to our neighborhoods art from standupforsanfrancisco. A long day in Sacramento last month ended in a win for California residents opposed to Scott Wiener’s SB 827. But there are hundreds of housing and transportation bills going through the state legislature this year. Many of those bills intrude on local government … More California State Legislators Blame Cities for Housing Crisis. Local Community Leaders disagree and Kill the Bill.

New housing bill to add housing near transit has residents worried about the ‘Manhattan-ization’ of the Bay Area

By Riley McDermid : bizjournal – excerpt A new bill aimed at fixing at least part of the state’s housing crisis has some Bay Area residents worried about the “Manhattan-ization” of the region, as it looks to add more housing units at potentially higher heights to projects near transit hubs. Sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener, (D-San … More New housing bill to add housing near transit has residents worried about the ‘Manhattan-ization’ of the Bay Area