PG&E will relocate to Oakland after more than 100 years in San Francisco

By J.D. Morris and Roland Li : sfchronicle – excerpt PG&E Corp. plans to sell its San Francisco headquarters and move to Oakland in the coming years, a cost-saving effort that will see California’s largest utility leave the city where it has been based for more than a century. The company announced Monday that it … More PG&E will relocate to Oakland after more than 100 years in San Francisco

California Prepares to Shift Planning Focus from Car Delay to Induced Travel

By Melanie Curry : streetsblog – excerpt Starting July 1, the California Environmental Quality Act will require projects in California to account for how many new miles of automobile travel they produce, rather than how much congestion they produce… (more) As the COVID crisis rages many workers plan to move out of crowded cities making … More California Prepares to Shift Planning Focus from Car Delay to Induced Travel

Exclusive: How SF sidestepped state law on developing toxic sites

By Cynthia Dizikes : sfchronicle – excerpt Contaminated gas stations, vehicle repair shops and parking garages have become prized development commodities in San Francisco in recent years as the city struggles with a crushing housing shortage. But city officials have repeatedly stymied public oversight when assessing whether these chemical-tainted properties are safe for hundreds of … More Exclusive: How SF sidestepped state law on developing toxic sites

How a Ragtag Coalition Stops Skyscrapers in Hollywood

By Jill Stewart and David Futch : laweekly – excerpt UPDATED Nov. 14: The California Supreme Court has denied Target’s request to resume construction of its unfinished store on Sunset Boulevard while it appeals a Superior Court ruling that halted work there in mid-August. See details below. Robert P. Silverstein must be one lucky man. … More How a Ragtag Coalition Stops Skyscrapers in Hollywood

Stalled by a pandemic, West Marin producers turn to trading foodstuffs

By Leilani Marie Labong : sfchronicle – excerpt To the city folk who sojourn there, West Marin is an agrarian idyll. The generous, rolling landscape provides great grazing for roaming livestock. A reliable marine layer keeps grass lush and crops nourished and dewy. The cool, plankton-rich intertidal terroir gives the oysters a distinctive flavor profile, … More Stalled by a pandemic, West Marin producers turn to trading foodstuffs

Green Space: Stop taking trees down

By Robyn Purchia : sfexaminer – excerpt Growing SF’s urban canopy provides economic, environmental benefits Earlier this month, tree advocates notified the San Francisco City Attorney that the Department of Public Works “is exhibiting a pattern and practice of disregard” of San Francisco law. The group pointed to notice violations that occurred prior to a … More Green Space: Stop taking trees down

Pandemic casts a shadow on future of San Francisco’s would-be high-rise Hub

By John King : sfchronicle – excerpt (includes audio track and map) Uncertainty has always clouded the urbane visions of an emerging high-rise residential district at Market Street and Van Ness Avenue, so it seems weirdly appropriate that the plan has now been approved in the midst of a global pandemic. That’s what San Francisco’s … More Pandemic casts a shadow on future of San Francisco’s would-be high-rise Hub

WeWork Accused of Abandoning San Francisco Development Project

By Malathi Nayak : bloombergquint – excerpt Read more at: https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/wework-accused-of-abandoning-san-francisco-development-project Copyright © BloombergQuint Bloomberg) — WeWork was accused in a lawsuit of reneging on a pledge to invest $450 million in a San Francisco development project that was supposed to showcase the WeLive communal living initiative. Parkmerced Investors LLC sued the troubled co-working startup … More WeWork Accused of Abandoning San Francisco Development Project

Only Half of All Hotel Rooms for Homeless Filled in California

By Evan Symon : californiaglobe – excerpt San Diego, Orange Counties at 30% or below capacity On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom’s office released Project Roomkey data showing that just over 7,000 of the nearly 17,000 state and FEMA-leased hotel rooms and trailers set aside for homeless use during the coronavirus pandemic have been filled. Lower … More Only Half of All Hotel Rooms for Homeless Filled in California