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
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
By J. K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt Citing a state law that limits cities’ power to reject developments, lawsuits sometime result in new housing projects, sometimes just a big payout… The campaign to tackle the Bay Area’s housing crisis by forcing residential development in reluctant communities started with a simple idea: Sue the suburbs… … More A Key Tactic: Sue the Suburbs
By Liam Dillon : latimes – excerpt Academic researchers, state analysts and California’s gubernatorial candidates agree that the fundamental issue underlying the state’s housing crisis is that there are not enough homes for everyone who wants to live here. The problem, a new poll says, is that the public doesn’t believe it. Carolyn Coleman, executive … More Experts say California needs to build a lot more housing. But the public disagrees
By Julian Mark : missionlocal – excerpt The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is proposing to build a 12-story tower on the corner of 18th and Mission — now the site of a dilapidated former stove store — that would contain 63 below-market-rate condos. The proposed building would be the tallest building in the Mission, … More MEDA upgrades plans to 12-story tower at 18th and Mission — the tallest building in the Mission
By Patricia Chiang : bizjournals – excerpt One of the basic laws of the physical universe that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It generally applies to the political universe, too. Housing advocates like YIMBYs have raised their profile and stepped up their game in the last couple years, backing candidates … More Our View: ‘Local control’ of housing is the problem, not the solution
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt San Francisco’s YIMBY Action is facing a difficult choice, one that may define the group for years to come. Will the champions of “build, build, build” endorse Proposition 10, the state ballot prop that would repeal rent control advocate’s most pernicious roadblock, Costa Hawkins? The 1995 Costa … More To endorse Prop. 10 or no? SF YIMBY faces soul-defining choice
By Richard Eber, California Political News and Views : citizensjournal – excerpt Next Monday in a obscure Sacramento meeting room, an important event is set to transpire that affects the course of California politics for years to come. The Senate Appropriations Committee will determine if AB 2923, which has already been passed by the Assembly, … More Can AB 2923 be knocked out?
By Nick Welsh : independent – excerpt It was a long hot, afternoon for developer Greg Reitz as he doubled down on Santa Barbara’s love-it-or-hate-it experiment to create new rental housing in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Reitz is proposing to raze most of the eight lots bounded by Anapamu, Garden, and Figueroa streets … More Is High-Density Housing Project Too Big for the Neighborhood?
By Robyn Purchia : About 150 miles beyond the Bay lies the Tuolumne River. Many San Franciscans visit the area to fish, raft, attend music festivals and see the bald eagles, beavers and river otters that call the area home. The river also visits us. Every time we turn on the tap, we welcome Tuolumne … More S.F. water agency opposes plan to save local salmon, cries ‘drought’