Guest opinion: ‘Local control’ isn’t perfect, but it’s better for everyone than unelected regional bureaucracies

Originally posted on Grassroots Actions:
By Susan Kirsch : bizjournals – excerpt Artist view of dense housing creeping into single family neighborhoods. The Business Times recently put forward the view that “‘Local control’ of housing is the problem, not the solution” (Viewpoint section, Aug. 31 print edition). It also reported that Livable California is forming…

Rapid Growth in Sunnyvale Spurs Concerns in Public Safety

Originally posted on Meter Madness:
By Robert Handa : nbcbayarea – excerpt (includes video) Police officers and firefighters in Sunnyvale are going public with their concerns that the city is allowing business to boom without enough consideration for public safety. Police officers and firefighters in Sunnyvale are going public with their concerns that the city…

Working in a wasteland

Originally posted on zRants:
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