California Lawmakers Kill Housing Bill After Fierce Debate

By Conor Dougherty : nytimes – excerpt SACRAMENTO — Just before a committee of California state senators voted on a landmark bill to ramp up housing production by overriding local resistance, legislator after legislator talked about a dire affordable-housing crisis that demanded bold action and a marked increase in new building. Then they killed the bill. … More California Lawmakers Kill Housing Bill After Fierce Debate

New amendments to Scott Wiener’s SB-827 are here

This the latest edition of Amendments to SB-827. We are still concerned with many aspects of the bill. http://sd11.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd11.senate.ca.gov/files/sb_827_amendments_022718.pdf HIGHLIGHTS Local inclusionary %affordable requirements apply (anticipated this, doesn’t really change anything) Rent controlled homes cannot be demolished for SB 827 without local govt demo permit; every displaced tenant will have a Right to Remain Guarantee … More New amendments to Scott Wiener’s SB-827 are here

My Transit Density Bill (SB 827)

By Scott Wiener : marketurbanismreport – excerpt Answering Common Questions and Debunking Misinformation A summary of California’s SB827, which will allow more housing near transit corridors. Our recent announcement of my bill (Senate Bill 827) allowing for more housing near public transportation has drawn a lot of attention, questions, and feedback. Sadly, some have also spread misinformation about … More My Transit Density Bill (SB 827)

California’s housing wars just starting

By Editorial Board : sfchronicle – excerpt The Legislature’s long-delayed response to California’s housing crisis narrowly passed in September in a flurry of last-minute nail-biting and arm-twisting. Judging by the reception that has greeted one of the new year’s first housing bills, that was nothing. The legislation, by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would … More California’s housing wars just starting

Trial begins over SF waterfront height limits as state seeks to overturn Prop. B

By Michael Barba : sfeaminer – excerpt A trial that will determine whether San Francisco voters will be stripped of their power to decide how tall developers can build along the waterfront began Wednesday with an attorney questioning the decision-making ability of voters… The State Lands Commission, which manages public land in California including the … More Trial begins over SF waterfront height limits as state seeks to overturn Prop. B