Berkeley blocks housing project again, citing historic value of parking lot site

By Adam Brinklow : curbed – excerpt Even SB 35 can’t get West Berkeley plans past city skepticism Berkeleyside reports that its titular city has prevented a proposed 260-unit development in West Berkeley from employing the development-friendly state law SB 35 to fast track city approval, citing the proximity of the city’s Shellmound as a … More Berkeley blocks housing project again, citing historic value of parking lot site

Mayor Brand to CA Legislature: Instead of Simplistic Supply Side SB827, Give Cities Resources

By Mayor Bill Brand : planningreport – excerpt “We want to pass a statewide citizen-led initiative that amends the state constitution to protect local zoning and land-use regulations.” – Mayor Bill Brand In reaction to legislation threatening to usurp local control of housing and land-use policy by the state, mayors and local officials are mobilizing … More Mayor Brand to CA Legislature: Instead of Simplistic Supply Side SB827, Give Cities Resources

SB 831: Senator Wiener’s Wacky World on Steroids Must be Defeated!

By Hydee R. Feldstein : citywatchla – excerpt (includes a great graphic) CALL TO ACTION-On January 4, 2018, Senator Bob Wieckowski introduced SB 831, a bill that would have amended the just-last-year enacted “Granny Flats” sections of state law to require, rather than simply permit, cities, states and other municipalities to provide by ordinance for … More SB 831: Senator Wiener’s Wacky World on Steroids Must be Defeated!

Wiener’s Even More Onerous Senate Bill 828

by Richard Hall : marinpost – excerpt While Senate Bill 827 is getting all the attention it deserves, sitting in its’ shadow is another equally onerous Senate Bill proposed by Scott Wiener and likely authored again his partner in crime Brian Hanlon – See Senate Bill 828 with the innocuous title “Land Use: Housing Element”… … More Wiener’s Even More Onerous Senate Bill 828

Proposed state law tells cities: Build more, or we’ll do it for you

by Adam Brinklow : sf.curbed – excerpt San Francisco’s new state senator pitches housing bill mere hours into his term Every California city is required to build a certain amount of housing to meet the state’s overall housing goals. And a lot of places just plain seem to ignore the mandate. Earlier this year, former … More Proposed state law tells cities: Build more, or we’ll do it for you