The unelected bureaucracies that keep us stuck in traffic

By Jackie Lavalleye : californiapolicycenter – excerpt … In December 1991, the role of the Associations of Governments was expanded by passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. This law provided more power over planning to metropolitan areas; thereby, increasing the authority of metropolitan planning organizations over transportation-related activities. In short, every … More The unelected bureaucracies that keep us stuck in traffic

Let’s Declare January MTC Awareness Month!

from nine-county-coalition – excerpt The Bay Area’s MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission) looks really good on paper. It has an attractive website rich with information, it has the support of potent organizations such as SPUR and the Bay Area Council, and since its hostile takeover of ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) MTC holds the transportation … More Let’s Declare January MTC Awareness Month!

Editorial: Good, bad in much-needed plan for Bay Area housing crisis

By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards : mercurynews – excerpt It’s great that the region is finally having this overdue discussion, but it’s critical that we get it right A coalition of divergent Bay Area interests has come together on a plan to confront the region’s housing crisis… The group’s so-called CASA … More Editorial: Good, bad in much-needed plan for Bay Area housing crisis

Wiener: State will never reach Newsom’s housing goals without taking power from cities

By Matt Levin : calmatters – excerpt (includes podcast) Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom may have set an astronomical goal for allowing construction of 3.5 million new housing units in California by 2025, but a key Democratic state senator says it will never happen unless the state pries away some local control over housing decisions… In this … More Wiener: State will never reach Newsom’s housing goals without taking power from cities

Push by Environmentalists to Build Housing Near Transit Centers Meets Stiff Resistance

By Chris Reed : capoliticalreview – excerpt Over the past dozen years, the California environmental lobby has never seemed more powerful in the Legislature and in state government. Under Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown, the Golden State has passed bold laws and emerged as the global leader in government efforts to combat climate change – with Gov.-elect … More Push by Environmentalists to Build Housing Near Transit Centers Meets Stiff Resistance

Wiener’s new housing bill is radically unfair

By Tim Redmond : 47hills – excerpt Mission Bay residents are leaving due to bad air caused by constant construction as they  see no end in sight. Photo by zrants. The senator assumes the private market will solve our problems. That has never worked. State Sen. Scott Wiener has introduced a new version of his … More Wiener’s new housing bill is radically unfair