Housing and Transportation – Why California’s Legislature Gets EVERYTHING Wrong

By Edward Ring : foxandhoundsdaily – excerpt California, the welcoming sanctuary state, has a population on track to break 40 million by the end of this year. Its highway system was designed to handle a population of 20 million. Its cities, bound by legislated “urban containment,” are 3.5 million homes short of what would meet … More Housing and Transportation – Why California’s Legislature Gets EVERYTHING Wrong

Cal Fire Considers Environment While Acting Fast On Fire Prevention

By Erika Mahoney : kazu – excerpt (includes audio track) Winter rain created lush green hillsides across California. Soon, summer heat will dry out this growth, creating fuel for wildfire. To prepare, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered fire prevention work in vulnerable communities across the state. Newsom announced the plan in late March. … (more)

Californians won’t willingly give up their cars, and you can bet on it

By Thomas D. Elias : dailynews – excerpt Since the early 1970s time of ex-Gov. Jerry Brown’s first term in office, California officials from the top down have tried to coax Californians out of their cars… That’s one rationale behind all the bicycle lanes appearing in cities large and small today, often at the expense … More Californians won’t willingly give up their cars, and you can bet on it

City Faces a Court Fight Over Incompatible Development in Santa Clara’s Only Eichler Tract

By Carolyn Schuk : svvoice – excerpt Frustrated with the Santa Clara City Council’s approval of four new, standalone single family homes centered between two historic Joseph Eichler cluster housing developments — Pomeroy Green and Pomeroy West — the Pomeroy Eichler Neighborhood Preservation Society has filed a lawsuit to stop construction at 1075 Pomeroy Ave. … More City Faces a Court Fight Over Incompatible Development in Santa Clara’s Only Eichler Tract

UC Berkeley’s plan for new housing, classrooms has professors, city up in arms

By Nanette Asimov and Sarah Ravani : sfchronicle – excerpt To ease a faculty housing shortage that UC Berkeley says makes it hard to recruit and keep professors, the university expects to break ground in September on two buildings with faculty apartments, parking, classrooms and event space. But instead of rejoicing, the faculty voted this … More UC Berkeley’s plan for new housing, classrooms has professors, city up in arms

Progressive Chico and Butte County officials come out against housing bill

By Robin Epley : orovillemr – excerpt CHICO — Four local progressive government officials came out against Assemblyman James Gallagher’s proposed housing bill, Assembly Bill 430. AB430 would establish a streamlined approval process for residential and mixed-use developments within certain cities, including Chico, exempting the projects from a lengthy review process under the California Environmental … More Progressive Chico and Butte County officials come out against housing bill

Newsom officially kills Jerry Brown’s Delta twin tunnels project

By Paul Rogers : mercurynews – excerpt Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday drove the final nail into the coffin of the most controversial water project in California in more than 30 years: Gov. Jerry Brown’s $19 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to make it easier to move … More Newsom officially kills Jerry Brown’s Delta twin tunnels project