Is Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) the Concrete of the Future?

By Jose Tomas Franco : archdailey – excerpt (includes graphics) Concrete, an essential building material, has for decades offered us the possibility of shaping our cities quickly and effectively, allowing them to rapidly expand into urban peripheries and reach heights previously unimagined by mankind. Today, new timber technologies are beginning to deliver similar opportunities – … More Is Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) the Concrete of the Future?

CEQA Is the Boogeyman, but with More Bark Than Bite in Terms of Impact on Housing

By David Greenwald : davisvanguard – excerpt Toward the end of the recall election, CalMatters did a very good article on CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and the housing crisis. In some sense the article is dated in that they were asking the mostly Republican recall candidates their opinion of the housing crisis and what … More CEQA Is the Boogeyman, but with More Bark Than Bite in Terms of Impact on Housing

New law signed at crucial time for Santa Cruz will stop CEQA lawsuits blocking needle exchange

By Rachel Bluth / Kaiser Health News : lookout – excerpt Opponents of free needle programs in California are using environmental regulations to shut them down. On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will end that strategy… “We’re in the midst of an opioid crisis,” said Assembly member Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), a physician … More New law signed at crucial time for Santa Cruz will stop CEQA lawsuits blocking needle exchange

New Power Plants Are California’s Latest Effort To Avoid Rolling Blackouts

By syndicated Sacramento : msn – excerpt ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — The State of California is flexing a new muscle to strengthen the power grid in the fight to stop Northern California’s devastating rolling blackouts. State grid operators say we currently face a 3,500-watt energy shortfall this year—and next summer looks even worse. So now Roseville … More New Power Plants Are California’s Latest Effort To Avoid Rolling Blackouts

317-house development in Redlands delayed by these concerns

By Jennifer Iver : redlanddailyfacts – excerpt Issues were raised with the lack of a secondary access, possible conflicts with voter-approved Measure U, and more. A vote on a plan to build hundreds of houses on a field and groves north of Citrus Valley High School in Redlands has been pushed back to give the … More 317-house development in Redlands delayed by these concerns

San Francisco will build dozens of tiny homes for homeless

By staff : therealdeal – excerpt The shelters — each 64 sf — will be installed on two parking lots city leases Tiny homes have not put a dent in the housing and homeless crises across the U.S. as some had predicted, but after resisting for years, San Francisco will install the shelters at two … More San Francisco will build dozens of tiny homes for homeless

High Density Transit Oriented Development Won’t Reduce Greenhouse Gases

By Bob Silvestry : marinpost – excerpt The following white paper was originally published in 2013 in response to the release of the first Sustainable Communities Strategy, for the San Francisco Bay Area region as required under SB375. In light of the recent tsunami of California state housing legislation, the information and analysis in this … More High Density Transit Oriented Development Won’t Reduce Greenhouse Gases

A Recent Ruling Involving Unlined Landfills Highlights the Pitfalls of Relying on Categorical Exemptions under CEQA

By Hanson Bridgett :jdsupra – excerpt Key Points As litigation under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) continues to drive lengthier and costlier environmental reviews, the use of “categorical exemptions” can provide a quick and efficient path towards CEQA compliance – but only if the exemption is legally sound and defensible. California’s Fifth District Court … More A Recent Ruling Involving Unlined Landfills Highlights the Pitfalls of Relying on Categorical Exemptions under CEQA

Groups voice opposition to ADU rules

By Dave Schwab, SDCNN : missiontimescourier – excerpt The contention that Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) will alleviate the housing affordability crisis is disputed by opponents who argue pending legislation to make them easier to build will lead instead to unwanted densification and degradation in single-family neighborhoods. State Sen. Pro Tem Toni Atkins and San Diego … More Groups voice opposition to ADU rules

What one thing do Republican recall candidates blame for California’s housing crisis?

By Manuela Tobias :calmatters – excerpt What the candidates say or think is immaterial. What is interesting in the article is the following comments by the author. She describes why CEQA appeals rarely work to stop a project. …CEQA is landmark legislation signed into law in 1970 by Republican Gov. Ronald Reagan. It requires public … More What one thing do Republican recall candidates blame for California’s housing crisis?