The unelected bureaucracies that keep us stuck in traffic

By Jackie Lavalleye : californiapolicycenter – excerpt … In December 1991, the role of the Associations of Governments was expanded by passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. This law provided more power over planning to metropolitan areas; thereby, increasing the authority of metropolitan planning organizations over transportation-related activities. In short, every … More The unelected bureaucracies that keep us stuck in traffic

Let’s Declare January MTC Awareness Month!

from nine-county-coalition – excerpt The Bay Area’s MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission) looks really good on paper. It has an attractive website rich with information, it has the support of potent organizations such as SPUR and the Bay Area Council, and since its hostile takeover of ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) MTC holds the transportation … More Let’s Declare January MTC Awareness Month!

10 challenges that will define cities in 2019

By Patrick Sisson : curbed – excerpt From homelessness and housing to big tech and budgets, the forces shaping urbanism in the coming year. Here are 10 big issues expected to play oversized roles in shaping the story of cities in 2019. The elimination of single-family zoning and parking minimums How far will the scooter invasion … More 10 challenges that will define cities in 2019

Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 6:00PM 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA California Historical Society Headquarters Cost: $10 General Admission, Free for CHS Members, plus one guest per membership. his conversation between Richard Walker, author of Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area, and … More Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Editorial: Good, bad in much-needed plan for Bay Area housing crisis

By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards : mercurynews – excerpt It’s great that the region is finally having this overdue discussion, but it’s critical that we get it right A coalition of divergent Bay Area interests has come together on a plan to confront the region’s housing crisis… The group’s so-called CASA … More Editorial: Good, bad in much-needed plan for Bay Area housing crisis

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

Housing Balance Report Reinforces Need For Preservation Legislation

December ccho newsletter – excerpt The Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee held its hearing on the City’s latest Housing Balance Report recently released by the Planning Department. The report states just under 18% of net new units built in San Francisco over in the last decade were affordable, showing that SF is losing stable … More Housing Balance Report Reinforces Need For Preservation Legislation

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