Second Home vs. Investment Property: What’s the Difference?

By Sarah Kuta : thetelegraph – excerpt If you’re thinking of buying a second home or an investment property, it’s important to understand the differences between these two real estate terms. You hear these terms thrown around all the time: Second home, investment property, vacation home, rental property. But is there any real difference among … More Second Home vs. Investment Property: What’s the Difference?

Preston calls for hearing on UCSF Inner Sunset expansion

By Ida Mojadad : sfexaminer – excerpt Supervisor Dean Preston on Tuesday called for a hearing on the planned University of San Francisco expansion in the Inner Sunset. UCSF has plans to add another 1.5 million square feet to its Parnassus Heights campus, reaching more than 5 million square feet total. The expansion will bring … More Preston calls for hearing on UCSF Inner Sunset expansion

California Loses 70,000 Residents 2019 to 2020

By Wendell Cox : newgeography – excerpt The Census Bureau has just published its 2020 state population estimates, which indicate that the state that has led growth in the United States for the last 170 years lost 70,000 residents last year. For the first five years of the decade, California had gained 300,000 residents, with … More California Loses 70,000 Residents 2019 to 2020

San Francisco’s Housing Pipeline Held in Q3

socketsite – excerpt With new permitting and entitlement activity having effectively ground to a halt in the third quarter of this year while construction crews continued to work and deliver new units, the net pipeline of new apartments and condos under development in San Francisco inched down half a percent to just over 70,000 units … More San Francisco’s Housing Pipeline Held in Q3

‘Gimme Shelter’: A conversation with Gov. Newsom’s housing advisor

By Liam Dillon : latimes – excerpt During his 2018 campaign for governor, Gavin Newsom unveiled a bold agenda to tackle the state’s housing affordability crisis, pledging to support the building of 3.5 million new homes by 2025. And this February, Newsom dedicated the entirety of his annual State of the State speech to California’s … More ‘Gimme Shelter’: A conversation with Gov. Newsom’s housing advisor

Crabbers sue port of San Francisco over giant fire at Fisherman’s Wharf shed

By Bob Egelko : sfchronicle – excerpt San Francisco crab fishers whose equipment was destroyed by a fire that swept through a Fisherman’s Wharf warehouse in May sued the city’s port for millions of dollars in damages Wednesday and said port officials had failed to take numerous safety measures or prevent homeless people from lighting … More Crabbers sue port of San Francisco over giant fire at Fisherman’s Wharf shed

Hypocrisy in the local zoning debate

By Zelda Bronstein : 48hills – excerpt Professors who argue that local regulations drive up housing prices appear to admit they have no credible data to back up that argument. On December 1, 48hills ran my story about the California State Auditor’s dubious sortie against local land use authority, an incursion purportedly undertaken in behalf … More Hypocrisy in the local zoning debate

California Wants Its Imperial Valley to Be ‘Lithium Valley’

By David R Baker : bloomberg – excerpt The region’s Salton Sea contains a massive trove of the metal needed for electric-car batteries. Dust storms laced with toxins sweep across California’s Imperial County, where mud volcanoes spit and hiss near the shores of the slowly shrinking lake known as the Salton Sea. The county is … More California Wants Its Imperial Valley to Be ‘Lithium Valley’

Battling for local control over California, Bay Area development

By Louis Hansen : marinij – excerpt Retired planner opposes high density development in single-family neighborhoods T. Keith Gurnee was an urban planner for four decades, working in California communities up and down the coast. Gurnee, originally from Atherton, wanted to be an architect when he started college at Cal Poly in the 1960s. He … More Battling for local control over California, Bay Area development