Senator Nancy Skinner Announces the “Housing Crisis Act of 2019”

sd09 – excerpt State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, today unveiled the “Housing Crisis Act of 2019,” a sweeping new initiative that will speed up the creation of new housing in California at a time when the state is facing an extreme housing crisis in both supply and affordability. The act would suspend, for a 10-year … More Senator Nancy Skinner Announces the “Housing Crisis Act of 2019”

Finally, a city study says public power makes perfect sense

By Tim Redmond :48hills – excerpt San Francisco could buy out PG&E’s local distribution system, provide cleaner, cheaper energy, and make money in the process. It’s hard to believe, after I’ve spent more than three decades talking about the advantages of public power in San Francisco, that City Hall – including the Mayor’s Office – … More Finally, a city study says public power makes perfect sense

Wiener’s housing density bill dead in the water until 2020

By Victor Tence : sfexaminer – excerpt Vote on Senate Bill 50 postponed by Appropriations Committee Legislation from state Sen. Scott Wiener that promises to tackle California’s housing crisis hit a roadblock on Thursday. The Senate Appropriations Committee made Senate Bill 50 ineligible for a vote until January 2020, removing any chances of the legislation … More Wiener’s housing density bill dead in the water until 2020

SB 50 Empowers Wall Street to Commoditize Housing By Right!

An Open Letter to Scott Wiener: By Right! by Hydee Feldstein in The Planning Report Struck by an apparent lack of evidence to support the approach of the upzoning bill and wanting answers to practical policy questions raised by the mandate, Hydee Feldstein, a retired bankruptcy and commercial finance lawyer who now serves as vice … More SB 50 Empowers Wall Street to Commoditize Housing By Right!

New study challenges Wiener’s approach to housing

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt Eminent economic geographers say that deregulation and upzoning will make gentrification in cities like SF much worse. Pretty much everybody who’s paying attention to the housing crisis in San Francisco – except, apparently, the Chronicle – is talking about the new study by eminent economic geographers Andrés Rodríguez-Pose … More New study challenges Wiener’s approach to housing

Futurama cities depend on the bankrupt electric grid

What happens to our city centric on-demand economy if the power goes off or the internet is no longer free? The Wiener bill reminds me of what happened when it rained during a Renaissance Faire one year and there was no contingency plan for rain. Fortunately people handled rain without incident. They just had to … More Futurama cities depend on the bankrupt electric grid

Portantino criticized SB 50 at a Los Angeles area Town Hall last wknd

Summary of Town Hall Meeting with State Senator Anthony Portantino and LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, May 4, 2019 Both representatives were impressed with the size of the crowd; people came from all over. Barger noted that she serves on the Metro Board. Portantino is chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the state senate. Many … More Portantino criticized SB 50 at a Los Angeles area Town Hall last wknd