By Dick Plakin : citywatchla – excerpt PLATKIN ON PLANNING-You don’t need to be a lobbyist for the real estate industry to realize that the entire country, especially Los Angeles, is in the midst of a housing crisis. We can see it for what it is, without using this crisis as a pretext for schemes … More How to Create a Housing Crisis in 12 Easy Steps
By Jesse Marx : voiceofsandiego – exerpt Much of coastal California is opposed to dense development. But opposition in Encinitas has reached unprecedented heights, testing the limits of local control while a statewide housing crisis unfolds. A San Diego County Superior judge sounded open Tuesday to suspending an Encinitas law giving locals final say over … More A Judge Considers Stepping in After Encinitas Failed – Again – to Pass a Housing Plan
By MARISA KENDALL : eastbayexpress – excerpt (includes active overview) Massive building boom tears through city LEEK NEW CONDOS rise up amid the graffiti-covered warehouses, artist’s studios and homeless encampments of West Oakland. Construction cranes dot the downtown skyline, and scaffolding-shrouded towers march down Broadway into Temescal. An extraordinary residential building boom is shaking up … More ‘The Oakland we knew is not going to remain’
By Marisa Kendall, Bay Area News Group and Democrat staff : dailydemocrat – excerpt Everyone has a theory about who’s to blame for the housing shortage that’s driving up prices and chasing families out of the region and state. A new poll offers surprising insights into where most of us point the finger: not at … More Who is causing California’s housing shortage?
by Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt After 20 years, school still violates laws with impunity, pays no fines – and leaves some Planning Commission members stunned More than 20 years after the Academy of Art University began gobbling up San Francisco real estate and violating planning codes all over the map, the Planning Commission … More The Academy of Art compliance hearing: We should live so long