Lafayette city manager quits over lack of movement on new housing

By Kimberly Veklerov : sfchronicle – excerpt The top official of the small and affluent East Bay city of Lafayette last week announced his resignation because of residents’ intransigence on building more housing, saying he could not stay in the role he has held for three decades when his views diverge so sharply from the … More Lafayette city manager quits over lack of movement on new housing

MEDA upgrades plans to 12-story tower at 18th and Mission — the tallest building in the Mission

By Julian Mark  : missionlocal – excerpt The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is proposing to build a 12-story tower on the corner of 18th and Mission — now the site of a dilapidated former stove store — that would contain 63 below-market-rate condos. The proposed building would be the tallest building in the Mission, … More MEDA upgrades plans to 12-story tower at 18th and Mission — the tallest building in the Mission

Meet the newest recruits in California’s war on climate change: carbon farmers

By Alastair Bland : calmatters – excerpt Loren Poncia’s idling pickup shudders in a powerful gust of afternoon wind in western Marin County. Inside the warm cab, he scans the sun-browned hills through his binoculars, counting his grazing cows. Poncia raises beef cattle. As he sees it, though, what he is really doing is raising … More Meet the newest recruits in California’s war on climate change: carbon farmers

MTC CASA technical committee hopes to raise billions from Bay Area taxpayers

Report on CASA meeting from a taxpayer perspective (includes three videos)  https://youtu.be/Zh9e-kONC8g full meeting  CASA Technical Committee ( 2. 5 hours) https://youtu.be/osR72Wp087c  MTC Director Steve Heminger’s opening remarks (4 min.) https://youtu.be/DPMI03I13rs MTC CASA New Tax Revenue Concepts for housing (30 min.) https://youtu.be/BZ-HIJE5rng   Bay Area Housing trust fund (5 minutes) Here is the full meeting and excerpts from … More MTC CASA technical committee hopes to raise billions from Bay Area taxpayers

The Committee to House the Bay Area and the coming tax tsunami

by: Bob Silvestri : marinpost – excerpt On Monday evening, I attended an event held by the Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers (CO$T) at Piatti Restaurant, entitled “What they don’t want you to know about taxes, pensions, public education and services.” David Crane, the guest speaker and founder of Govern for California, made a compelling presentation … More The Committee to House the Bay Area and the coming tax tsunami

Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence

By Nelson D. Schwartz : nytimes – excerpt When the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence recede and rebuilding kicks into high gear, homeowners and businesses will face an additional burden as tariffs imposed by the Trump administration drive up the cost of construction materials. Homebuilders and contractors say the administration’s trade policy will add to the … More Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence

Affordable homes, not developer giveaways

By Maya Chupkov, Lisa Awbrey and Tes Welborn : sfchronicle – excerpt In a recent op-ed published in the Examiner, Corey Smith, the paid Campaign Organizer for the citywide advocacy group for market-rate housing developers known as the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, or HAC, put on his “community hat.” The piece titled “Homes Not Cars … More Affordable homes, not developer giveaways