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

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

Smart Ideas From Other Cities: Utilities Powered by the People

By Ida Mojadad : sfweekly – excerpt State regulators are weighing a dramatic shake-up of PG&E. Could San Francisco join dozens of other jurisdictions in establishing a public utility? What would California’s increasingly devastating wildfires look like if PG&E were beholden to the people instead of to its shareholders? That’s the crux of a proposal … More Smart Ideas From Other Cities: Utilities Powered by the People

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

Wiener’s new housing bill is radically unfair

By Tim Redmond : 47hills – excerpt Mission Bay residents are leaving due to bad air caused by constant construction as they  see no end in sight. Photo by zrants. The senator assumes the private market will solve our problems. That has never worked. State Sen. Scott Wiener has introduced a new version of his … More Wiener’s new housing bill is radically unfair

Tax breaks for corporations are a bad idea, new study shows

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt The Twitter tax break, the tax breaks for Amazon — they do a lot more harm than good. It’s time SF officials admitted that. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is criticizing the massive tax incentives that New York is giving to Amazon – and that’s created a lot of much-needed discussion … More Tax breaks for corporations are a bad idea, new study shows

Election 2018: Local politics in the age of Godzilla

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