Judge blocks—for now—massive UC expansion in Parnassus Heights

By Tim Redmond : 48hils – excerpt Temporary order saves historic murals and could force the school to negotiate with the neighborhood that its development project will impact. An Alameda County judge has blocked the University of California from moving forward on its massive planned demolition and construction on Parnassus Heights. Judge Frank Roesch approved … More Judge blocks—for now—massive UC expansion in Parnassus Heights

Berkeley Citizens for a Better Plan files CEQA lawsuit against UC Regents

Theo Wyss-Flamm/Staff, dailycal – excerpt Berkeley Citizens for a Better Plan, or BC4BP, filed a California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents over UC Berkeley’s Long Range Development Plan, or LRDP, on Aug. 19. The LRDP outlines strategies for how campus plans to address shortages in student housing and … More Berkeley Citizens for a Better Plan files CEQA lawsuit against UC Regents

Colorado River, Lifeline Of The West, Sees Historic Water Shortage Declaration

Kirk Siegler : npr – excerpt (excerpt) includes audio track and transcript The first-ever shortage declaration on the Colorado River forces arid Western states to re-examine their relationship with resources many take for granted, drinking water and cheap hydroelectricity. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: For the first time ever, the U.S. government declared a shortage on the … More Colorado River, Lifeline Of The West, Sees Historic Water Shortage Declaration

Raze, rebuild, repeat: why Japan knocks down its houses after 30 years

By Nate Burg in Midorigaoka : theguardian – excerpt Unlike in other countries, Japanese homes become valueless over time – but as the population shrinks, can its cities finally learn to slow down and refurb? In the suburban neighbourhood of Midorigaoka, about an hour by train outside Kobe, Japan, all the houses were built by … More Raze, rebuild, repeat: why Japan knocks down its houses after 30 years

Supreme Court Revives Lawsuit Over San Francisco Lifetime Tenant Rule

By Nicholas Iovino : courthousenews – excerpt Landlords challenging a lifetime lease requirement for converted condos can sue San Francisco even if they failed to meet deadlines for applying for a waiver with the city. (CN) The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived a couple’s challenge of a San Francisco ordinance requiring landlords to offer … More Supreme Court Revives Lawsuit Over San Francisco Lifetime Tenant Rule

California loses fight over San Francisco Bay dredging plan

By Nicholas Iovino : courthousenews – excerpt The Golden State had argued that the Corps needs to dredge annually to make two key channels accessible to larger ships and prevent accidents and oil spills… SAN FRANCISCO (CN) — A Ninth Circuit panel on Friday sided with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a dispute … More California loses fight over San Francisco Bay dredging plan

San Francisco named top ‘urban heat island’ in new climate report, but what does this mean?

By Tim Didion and Drew Tuma : msn – excerpt (includes video) Watching the cool grey fog roll in, it may stretch your imagination to consider San Francisco a heat island, but not when you consider the criteria. “Basically, all we’re saying is if the landscape and geography wasn’t as it was, you guys would … More San Francisco named top ‘urban heat island’ in new climate report, but what does this mean?

I thought I was dying: My apartment was built on toxic waste

by Ashley Gjovik :sfbayview – excerpt There’s another epidemic occurring today alongside COVID-19 – it’s an outbreak of new housing developments on toxic land and water with laissez-faire oversight. The SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley are two of the most polluted regions in the entire country, yet the paperwork often appears to be rushed … More I thought I was dying: My apartment was built on toxic waste

Outside Urban Limits and Without Water, Tassajara Parks is Approved

greenbelt – excerpt Updated to reflect recent decisions… In a disappointing outcome, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors allowed the controversial Tassajara Parks to move forward in a 4-1 vote last Tuesday, July 13. Tassajara Parks is a proposed 125 single-family home development outside of the Urban Limit Line (ULL)—the boundary that marks the … More Outside Urban Limits and Without Water, Tassajara Parks is Approved

CaRLA Disappointed in Huntington Beach Housing Lawsuit Ruling

by Greg Magofña : CaRLA – excerpt An absurd ruling in our Huntington Beach Lawsuit We are simultaneously disappointed in and surprised by a trial judge’s ruling last week to deny 48 units of desperately needed and zoning-compliant housing in Huntington Beach on the grounds that the project is not protected by the Housing Accountability … More CaRLA Disappointed in Huntington Beach Housing Lawsuit Ruling