PG&E picked a dumb fight with SF; will the city now pursue public power?

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt The passage of Prop. A means SF now can start building its own electric distribution system – and the folks at PG&E are giving the supes every reason to do so. Toward the end of a hearing last week on how PG&E is delaying public projects, including affordable … More PG&E picked a dumb fight with SF; will the city now pursue public power?

Delta Tunnels draft environmental document with ‘design changes’ posted online

by Dan Bacher: indybay – excerpt “Many of these design changes may appear great on paper, but in reality, they will not save the Delta as long as Metropolitan Water District of Southern California maintains their ‘right’ to increase the magnitude of Delta water they take during dry periods,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of … More Delta Tunnels draft environmental document with ‘design changes’ posted online

Granny flats and renters’ tax credits: Which California housing bills lived and died Friday

By Katy Murphy : mercurynews – excerpt SACRAMENTO — An array of bills aimed at easing California’s housing crisis, from banning fees on “granny flats” to pushing housing development on BART property, cleared a key hurdle on Friday, while others died quietly in fiscal committees…   As negotiations over state spending approach the June 15 … More Granny flats and renters’ tax credits: Which California housing bills lived and died Friday

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.