Wiener: State will never reach Newsom’s housing goals without taking power from cities

By Matt Levin : calmatters – excerpt (includes podcast) Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom may have set an astronomical goal for allowing construction of 3.5 million new housing units in California by 2025, but a key Democratic state senator says it will never happen unless the state pries away some local control over housing decisions… In this … More Wiener: State will never reach Newsom’s housing goals without taking power from cities

A draconian idea for more high-rise housing in our cities

By Diana Diamond : paloaltoonline – excerpt Suburban residents on the SF Peninsula may possibly be faced with draconian state rules that will dictate how dense and high housing must be built in areas near Caltrain stops and major bus stops – if a newly introduced Senate Bill 50 is adopted. Specifically, SB 50 prevents … More A draconian idea for more high-rise housing in our cities

What caused nearly 20,000 quakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in on mystery

Kurtis Alexander : sfchronicle – excerpt The earthquakes hit just days after last year’s near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam, when the spillway cracked amid heavy rains and 188,000 people fled in fear of flooding. The timing of the two small tremors about 75 miles north of Sacramento was curious, and frightening. Were the quakes part of … More What caused nearly 20,000 quakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in on mystery

Push by Environmentalists to Build Housing Near Transit Centers Meets Stiff Resistance

By Chris Reed : capoliticalreview – excerpt Over the past dozen years, the California environmental lobby has never seemed more powerful in the Legislature and in state government. Under Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown, the Golden State has passed bold laws and emerged as the global leader in government efforts to combat climate change – with Gov.-elect … More Push by Environmentalists to Build Housing Near Transit Centers Meets Stiff Resistance

Wiener’s new housing bill is radically unfair

By Tim Redmond : 47hills – excerpt Mission Bay residents are leaving due to bad air caused by constant construction as they  see no end in sight. Photo by zrants. The senator assumes the private market will solve our problems. That has never worked. State Sen. Scott Wiener has introduced a new version of his … More Wiener’s new housing bill is radically unfair

California legislator revives bill to boost apartment complexes near transit

By Liam Dillon : latimes – excerpt A California state senator has revived a major effort to boost homebuilding near transit, a proposal he says is necessary to address the state’s housing affordability and climate change challenges that have only deepened since his initial bill failed earlier this year. Under the new proposal from Sen. … More California legislator revives bill to boost apartment complexes near transit

City Manager Says El Segundo Is Not Ready For Housing Development

By Joseph Pimentel : bisnow – excerpt Despite a housing shortage in Los Angeles and throughout California, city of El Segundo officials said the city is not ready for more housing. El Segundo City Manager Greg Carpenter said there has been a lot of interest from the development community to build housing or mixed-use projects … More City Manager Says El Segundo Is Not Ready For Housing Development

A dying mall near Apple’s headquarters is turning into a fight over Silicon Valley’s soul

By Roland Li : sfchronicle – excerpt As Apple flourished in Cupertino, becoming the first American company worth $1 trillion, Vallco Shopping Mall rotted away in its shadow. The 1976 mall was home to the retail giants of the 20th century: Macy’s, Sears and J.C. Penney, which all closed their stores in the last three … More A dying mall near Apple’s headquarters is turning into a fight over Silicon Valley’s soul

Election 2018: Local politics in the age of Godzilla

By Joe Eskenazi : missionlocal – excerpt Godzilla, that stalwart of the man-in-a-dinosaur-costume-stepping-on-toys genre, emerged from the depths of the sea in 1954, and has been featured in 32 sequels. The spectacle of watching an oversize rubber iguana go full Keith Moon on an elaborate, flaming set of obvious papier-mache landscapes populated with dollhouse cities and … More Election 2018: Local politics in the age of Godzilla