Palo Alto-based NIMBY think tank says Bay Area housing goals are wrong, others call it propaganda

By Aldo Toledo : mercurynews – excerpt The Embarcadero Institute has been cited by slow-growth cities across California to contest state-mandated housing goals PALO ALTO — As cities across California fight lofty state-mandated housing goals, many are relying on the research of a nascent housing policy think tank run by Palo Altans with deep pockets … More Palo Alto-based NIMBY think tank says Bay Area housing goals are wrong, others call it propaganda

California Housing Legislation Effective in 2021

Alfred Fraijo Jr., Yue Shi, Kira TeshimaSheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP : jdsupra – excerpt The California Legislature made modest gains on housing production and stimulus bills in 2020, and there are several notable bills that took effect on January 1, 2021.  The new laws tackle COVID-19, project permit streamlining and planning, residential density … More California Housing Legislation Effective in 2021

Why Voters Haven’t Been Buying the Case for Building

By Rick Jacobus : shelterforce – excerpt It’s not because they’re stupid. Liam Dillon covers the politics of housing policy more closely and thoughtfully than almost any other journalist in the country and yet he was nearly dumbfounded by the results of a recent survey commissioned by his paper, the Los Angeles Times. The Times … More Why Voters Haven’t Been Buying the Case for Building

The Only Thing Worse Than A NIMBY Is A YIMBY

By Nathan J. Robinson : currentaffairs – excerpt Nobody likes a NIMBY. The “Not In My Backyard” resident is the one who objects to the building of a homeless shelter or methadone clinic in their neighborhood, because it will negatively affect their property values and possibly bring them into contact with the poor… Enter the … More The Only Thing Worse Than A NIMBY Is A YIMBY

Do Conservation Easements Provide Effective Mitigation for Loss of Farmland to Development?

jdsupra – excerpt In 2018, the CEQA Guideline which defines the term “mitigation” was amended to add “conservation easements” to the list of measures that can provide “compensatory” mitigation for an environmental impact.Guideline §15370(e). The amendment was intended to resolve a debate about whether conservation easements over off-site farmland can provide a means to mitigate … More Do Conservation Easements Provide Effective Mitigation for Loss of Farmland to Development?

Martinez Council Pursues Small Business Microgrants, Backs Cap On Food Delivery Fees

By Bay City News Service : cbslocal – excerpt MARTINEZ (CBS SF) – A microgrant program to help Martinez small businesses and offering support for a Contra Costa County-wide cap on what food delivery services like DoorDash and GrubHub are among the measures Martinez leaders hope to approve this month. On Wednesday, the City Council … More Martinez Council Pursues Small Business Microgrants, Backs Cap On Food Delivery Fees

Commentary: Five things I’ve learned covering California’s housing crisis that you should know

By Matt Levin : calmatters – excerpt Back in 2017, I wrote a fairly unremarkable piece about a state lawmaker’s proposal to take away a tax break on California vacation homes to fund more low-income housing. More precisely — believe me, among housing nerds it’s essential to be precise — the bill would have eliminated … More Commentary: Five things I’ve learned covering California’s housing crisis that you should know

Nearly 3 in 4 half-duplexes sold for more than the single detached homes they replaced

By Rohana Rezel : openhousing – excerpt The Vancouver City Council approved a plan to allow duplexes in all Vancouver neighbourhoods in the dying days of Vision Vancouver’s term in office. Mayor Gregor Robertson and his Vision councillors sold the Making Room1 proposal as a plan to improve affordability by increasing density. I spoke against … More Nearly 3 in 4 half-duplexes sold for more than the single detached homes they replaced