Muni train platform redesign for new Warriors arena balloons to $33 million

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt A train stop by the Warriors’ new stadium in Mission Bay is set to double in size to accommodate the championship team’s ever-growing fanbase, but the cost to rebuild that stop has also grown by $6 million… When the Chase Center opens in 2019, the San Francisco … More Muni train platform redesign for new Warriors arena balloons to $33 million

Just 23 in-law units built after two years as SF seeks to iron out approval process

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt Two years after San Francisco passed a law intended to encourage property owners to add accessory dwelling units to help ease the housing crisis, snags in the approval process are calling into question the program’s effectiveness. The most recent data shows there have been 109 permits issued for … More Just 23 in-law units built after two years as SF seeks to iron out approval process

Opposition to Wiener’s SB 827 is growing as more people learn about his DANGEROUS NEW LEGISLATION!

Urgent Alert – Senator Scott Wiener’s proposed legislation, Senate Bill 827, stands to up-zone ALL of San Francisco: It would allow development in “transit-rich” areas to go up from 40 feet to 55 feet and even 85 feet in many areas! Virtually all San Francisco neighborhoods qualify as “transit-rich.” See for yourself here. Imagine buildings almost twice as … More Opposition to Wiener’s SB 827 is growing as more people learn about his DANGEROUS NEW LEGISLATION!

Trial begins over SF waterfront height limits as state seeks to overturn Prop. B

By Michael Barba : sfeaminer – excerpt A trial that will determine whether San Francisco voters will be stripped of their power to decide how tall developers can build along the waterfront began Wednesday with an attorney questioning the decision-making ability of voters… The State Lands Commission, which manages public land in California including the … More Trial begins over SF waterfront height limits as state seeks to overturn Prop. B

Oregon Organic Farm Threatened With Forced Herbicide Use Reaches Settlement With County

by Darren Smith : jonthanturley – excerpt Last weekend we featured two articles (HERE and HERE) describing a controversy involving the forced use of chemical herbicides on an organic farm that according to County officials was out of compliance in controlling noxious weeds that were threatening neighboring farms and crops. The 2,000 acre organic farm … More Oregon Organic Farm Threatened With Forced Herbicide Use Reaches Settlement With County

SF plan for natural areas likely to draw fire

By Lizzie Johnson : sfgate – excerpt A comprehensive new plan for San Francisco’s natural areas could anger dog lovers, golfers and nature lovers in one swoop, while protecting delicate habitats and endangered species. The plan — originally proposed in 2006 — will review the biology and geology of the Recreation and Park Department’s 32 … More SF plan for natural areas likely to draw fire

The Housing Crunch Is Our Fault. We Can Fix It.

By Randal O’Toole : cato – excerpt (includes graphs) (This article appeared in Washington Post on October 13, 2016.) The only real solution is to repeal the state laws and local plans that created the problem in the first place. Housing prices are rapidly rising in many urban areas. Prices in the San Francisco Bay … More The Housing Crunch Is Our Fault. We Can Fix It.

Special Deal Would Benefit Influential Oakland Developer

By Darwin BondGraham : eastbayextress – excerpt The Oakland planning department quietly proposed zoning changes that would greatly benefit a politically connected developer in the heart of First Friday. The proposed zoning changes would make it easier for Signature Development to build a large mixed-use project across the street from the company’s Hive development in … More Special Deal Would Benefit Influential Oakland Developer