Advocates say canceling rent, mortgage payments during pandemic more helpful than delay of payment

By Lisa Deaderick : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt San Diego Rent Strike 2020 is one local organization advocating for the cancellation of rent and mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic While the moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 pandemic provided initial relief, the question of how to pay that back rent continues to hover. If … More Advocates say canceling rent, mortgage payments during pandemic more helpful than delay of payment

Column: Housing debate needs to get facts straight

By Michael Smolens : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt California needs more housing, no question. But how much housing the state actually needs is a big question. As a candidate and then governor, Gavin Newsom repeatedly said that the state needed 3.5 million additional homes by 2025. That figure became something of an article of faith and … More Column: Housing debate needs to get facts straight

National Trends Organic Urbanism is the Cure for New Urbanism By Douglas Newby : newgeography – excerpt

Organic Urbanism is the Cure for New Urbanism By Douglas Newby : newgeography – excerpt The New Normal. Who needs trees when you can have cranes and 100’s of thousands of new neighbors? New Urbanism is like a virus. For 50 years it keeps coming back in mutated forms. It needs a cure. First, the only … More National Trends Organic Urbanism is the Cure for New Urbanism By Douglas Newby : newgeography – excerpt

California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

By Nick Cahill : courthousenews – excerpt SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – A group of Northern California lawmakers seeking more sway over a mammoth $17 billion water project introduced a proposal Friday that would require new construction contracts to be reviewed by the Legislature. The Legislative Delta Caucus says because of the scope of the California … More California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

‘Incentive to create havoc’: Self-driving cars set to turn streets into gridlocked hell – study

RT – excerpt Driverless cars could spark a gridlock nightmare to avoid paying for parking, a new study warns. Autonomous vehicles could even gang up to create traffic delays, allowing them to continuously cruise around instead of park. The idea sounds like a smart one: Avoid ever having to pay for parking by getting your … More ‘Incentive to create havoc’: Self-driving cars set to turn streets into gridlocked hell – study

California sues Huntington Beach to force it to plan low-income housing

By Alexei Koseff : sfchronicle – excerpt SACRAMENTO — The state sued the Orange County city of Huntington Beach on Friday to force it to plan for more affordable housing, part of a campaign by Gov. Gavin Newsom to boost construction in California as residents grapple with soaring housing costs. Newsom said Huntington Beach has … More California sues Huntington Beach to force it to plan low-income housing

Major Regional Housing Plan – CASA Compact discussion on KQED Forum

Re: KQED Forum on CASA (audio track included)Monday at 9:00 am Host: Rachael Myrow and Guests: Susan Kirsch, Founder, Livable California; Michael Covarrubias, CASA Co-Chair, CEO, TMG Partners and Guy Marzorati, reporter, KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk. See https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101869236/major-housing-plan-gets-approval-from-mtc-association-of-bay-area-governments Who will pay for the CASA Compact programs if they are implemented? Who will finance a … More Major Regional Housing Plan – CASA Compact discussion on KQED Forum

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

City officials celebrate Moscone Center Expansion project completion

By Examiner Staff : sfexaminer – excerpt (includes photos) City and project officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the Moscone Center Expansion project at a ceremony that also featured tours of the facility on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019… (more) None of the Supervisors appear in these photos of the ribbon-cuttn ceremony. opening. Maybe they … More City officials celebrate Moscone Center Expansion project completion