Efforts to build housing around transit threaten to price out those most dependent on bus and rail

By Joshua Emerson Smith : sandiegouniontribune – excerpt The greatest risk is the places that are already showing signs of gentrification. There’s already value in those neighborhoods and the private market has seen… Lawmakers, academics and urban planners from Southern California to Sacramento have long called for building denser housing around transit stops. The idea … More Efforts to build housing around transit threaten to price out those most dependent on bus and rail

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!

L.A. votes to fight state lawmaker’s push for high-density housing

By David Zahniser and Jon Schleuss : latimes – excerpt The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to oppose a bill allowing residential buildings of four to eight stories on streets near public transit, despite objections from business leaders and groups that favor higher-density housing. The 13-0 vote makes L.A. the largest municipality in California to … More L.A. votes to fight state lawmaker’s push for high-density housing

SF lawmaker threatens to sue state if transit-oriented development bill passes

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt Opposition to a state bill that would increase housing density and heights near transit routes is building. Now one city lawmaker is threatening legal action. Supervisor Aaron Peskin on Monday pledged to sue the state to overturn Senate Bill 827 should it be approved. “I am an … More SF lawmaker threatens to sue state if transit-oriented development bill passes

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