Lake Tahoe houses sit vacant while locals struggle to find affordable housing

By David Zook : sfchronicle – excerpt At a standing-room-only town hall meeting in January at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev., residents voiced passionate opinions on a question that has chafed the Lake Tahoe area for decades: What’s the best way to house the hordes of vacationers who descend on the lake year-round?… … More Lake Tahoe houses sit vacant while locals struggle to find affordable housing

Carl DeMaio Names 12 Democrat Legislators as Targets in Campaign to Defeat the Water Tax

By Carl DeMaio Group that successfully recalled State Senator Josh Newman in 2018 over Gas Tax will now target 12 “Water Tax Weaklings” in State Senate and State Assembly In 2018, State Senator Josh Newman was successfully recalled from office over his decision to cast the deciding vote on the controversial Gas Tax hike. In … More Carl DeMaio Names 12 Democrat Legislators as Targets in Campaign to Defeat the Water Tax

California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

By Nick Cahill : courthousenews – excerpt SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – A group of Northern California lawmakers seeking more sway over a mammoth $17 billion water project introduced a proposal Friday that would require new construction contracts to be reviewed by the Legislature. The Legislative Delta Caucus says because of the scope of the California … More California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

FBI wiretap hints at Shipyard bid-rigging scheme as trial begins for indicted contractors

By Michael Barba : sfexaminer – excerpt New transcripts of a phone call the FBI wiretapped during an investigation into San Francisco political corruption reveal an alleged bid-rigging scheme involving a contract for the development of the Hunters Point Shipyard. The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed excerpts of the transcripts last week as new evidence in … More FBI wiretap hints at Shipyard bid-rigging scheme as trial begins for indicted contractors

Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

By Jonas Minton : secbee – excerpt Despite many high priority issues on his plate, one of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first tests will be how he deals with California’s water challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, in the last days of his term Gov. Jerry Brown made a bad bargain with the Trump administration and special interests. … More Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

Building Opportunity: Mapping Gentrification and Investment across Opportunity Zones

By Eric Willett, Vice President, and Brett Dunlavey, Analyst : rclco – excerpt Among the more controversial aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was the designation of certain parcels of land as “Opportunity Zones,” which would allow investors to defer or completely waive all capital gains taxes on qualified investments in these … More Building Opportunity: Mapping Gentrification and Investment across Opportunity Zones

Guest opinion: Battle for the soul of Mountain View

by Lenny Siegel : mv-voice – excerpt New housing shouldn’t displace residents There is a battle underway for the soul of Mountain View. For decades the Mountain View community has treasured diversity. We have long accepted people regardless of ethnic background, political or religious beliefs, or economic condition. In turn, they have helped build our … More Guest opinion: Battle for the soul of Mountain View