The Urban Humanism Manifesto: Putting Communities First

By John Mirisch : newgeography – excerpt Construction comes with a high cost to residents’ health. All is not rosy for the residents of the new Mission Bay housing springing up along the San Francisco Bay who are getting a dose of dust and contaminants from the piles of excavated dirt blowing their way. Photo … More The Urban Humanism Manifesto: Putting Communities First

California Lawmakers Kill Housing Bill After Fierce Debate

By Conor Dougherty : nytimes – excerpt SACRAMENTO — Just before a committee of California state senators voted on a landmark bill to ramp up housing production by overriding local resistance, legislator after legislator talked about a dire affordable-housing crisis that demanded bold action and a marked increase in new building. Then they killed the bill. … More California Lawmakers Kill Housing Bill After Fierce Debate

SB 827 is up for reconsideration on April 24 after the bill lost this week.

Clearing up the details of the SB 827 vote A number of misinformed statements regarding the vote on SB 827 have been circulating. This is the official statement signed by the Chair of the Transportation and Housing Committee, Senator Beall. The vote was 6 no, 4 aye, and 3 not voting. If Scott can talk … More SB 827 is up for reconsideration on April 24 after the bill lost this week.

CEQA isn’t stopping housing, it’s protecting health

By Allen Hernandez : sacbee – excerpt California needs affordable housing. But legislators must follow the data, not anecdotal evidence from monied interests, to find a legislative fix that will encourage development consistent with California’s priorities. Communities throughout the state, particularly poor and minority neighborhoods, need permanent housing without risking health or increasing carbon emissions. … More CEQA isn’t stopping housing, it’s protecting health

New amendments to Scott Wiener’s SB-827 are here

This the latest edition of Amendments to SB-827. We are still concerned with many aspects of the bill. http://sd11.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd11.senate.ca.gov/files/sb_827_amendments_022718.pdf HIGHLIGHTS Local inclusionary %affordable requirements apply (anticipated this, doesn’t really change anything) Rent controlled homes cannot be demolished for SB 827 without local govt demo permit; every displaced tenant will have a Right to Remain Guarantee … More New amendments to Scott Wiener’s SB-827 are here

My Transit Density Bill (SB 827)

By Scott Wiener : marketurbanismreport – excerpt Answering Common Questions and Debunking Misinformation A summary of California’s SB827, which will allow more housing near transit corridors. Our recent announcement of my bill (Senate Bill 827) allowing for more housing near public transportation has drawn a lot of attention, questions, and feedback. Sadly, some have also spread misinformation about … More My Transit Density Bill (SB 827)