Column: Suburban sprawl wins again in the battle against California’s housing crisis

By George Skelton : latimes – excerpt SACRAMENTO — It’s fitting that major legislation to fight urban sprawl by forcing denser housing was killed by lawmakers from Los Angeles County, the nation’s sprawl capital. Particularly fitting is that a leader of the L.A. death squad represents the San Fernando Valley, the epitome of sprawl. He’s … More Column: Suburban sprawl wins again in the battle against California’s housing crisis

Housing-Transportation Slipt in the State Senate

Via email from Calmatters: HOUSING-TRANSPORTATION SPLIT: A powerful California senator instrumental in the rejection of a disputed proposal last year to strip cities of land use powers near public transit stops will no longer have the housing portfolio in his Senate committee, possibly opening a path for controversial legislation that would hasten dense housing developments … More Housing-Transportation Slipt in the State Senate

Housing bill could result in 85-foot tall buildings on El Camino

By Elaine Goodman : dailypost – excerpt A bill introduced in the California Legislature would ease restrictions on housing projects built near transit — bypassing some of the controls over such development by the cities in which they would be built. Senate Bill 827, introduced last month by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would remove … More Housing bill could result in 85-foot tall buildings on El Camino