California legislator revives bill to boost apartment complexes near transit

By Liam Dillon : latimes – excerpt A California state senator has revived a major effort to boost homebuilding near transit, a proposal he says is necessary to address the state’s housing affordability and climate change challenges that have only deepened since his initial bill failed earlier this year. Under the new proposal from Sen. … More California legislator revives bill to boost apartment complexes near transit

A dying mall near Apple’s headquarters is turning into a fight over Silicon Valley’s soul

By Roland Li : sfchronicle – excerpt As Apple flourished in Cupertino, becoming the first American company worth $1 trillion, Vallco Shopping Mall rotted away in its shadow. The 1976 mall was home to the retail giants of the 20th century: Macy’s, Sears and J.C. Penney, which all closed their stores in the last three … More A dying mall near Apple’s headquarters is turning into a fight over Silicon Valley’s soul

Audit Highlights…California High‑Speed Rail Authority

auditor.ca.gov – excerpt Our audit of the California High‑Speed Rail Authority and its contracting and cost control practices highlighted the following: » Although the Authority has secured and identified funding of over $28 billion that it expects will be sufficient to complete initial segments that funding will not be enough to connect those segments, or finish … More Audit Highlights…California High‑Speed Rail Authority

Experts say California needs to build a lot more housing. But the public disagrees

By Liam Dillon : latimes – excerpt Academic researchers, state analysts and California’s gubernatorial candidates agree that the fundamental issue underlying the state’s housing crisis is that there are not enough homes for everyone who wants to live here. The problem, a new poll says, is that the public doesn’t believe it. Carolyn Coleman, executive … More Experts say California needs to build a lot more housing. But the public disagrees

Lafayette city manager quits over lack of movement on new housing

By Kimberly Veklerov : sfchronicle – excerpt The top official of the small and affluent East Bay city of Lafayette last week announced his resignation because of residents’ intransigence on building more housing, saying he could not stay in the role he has held for three decades when his views diverge so sharply from the … More Lafayette city manager quits over lack of movement on new housing

Affordable homes, not developer giveaways

By Maya Chupkov, Lisa Awbrey and Tes Welborn : sfchronicle – excerpt In a recent op-ed published in the Examiner, Corey Smith, the paid Campaign Organizer for the citywide advocacy group for market-rate housing developers known as the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, or HAC, put on his “community hat.” The piece titled “Homes Not Cars … More Affordable homes, not developer giveaways

Sen. Glazer Fights for Local Control in Debate Over Who Can Authorize Housing Projects

Senator Glazer – excerpt (includes video) August 24 Senator Glazer on AB 2923 On Aug. 23, I made remarks on the Senate floor opposing AB 2923, which would shift authority for the approval process of housing projects from local government to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). “We are so much better here in the … More Sen. Glazer Fights for Local Control in Debate Over Who Can Authorize Housing Projects

CVP challenges the Draft EIR for the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehab Project

By Bob Silvestri : marinpost – excerpt Community Venture Partners  has sent the following public comment letter to Dan Dawson, Principal Transportation Planner in charge of the proposed Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehabilitation Project and its Draft Environmental Impact Report: Dear Mr. Dawson: We have reviewed the SFD DEIR and respectfully submit the following comments: … More CVP challenges the Draft EIR for the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehab Project