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December 8, 2018 (25 minutes). MTC’s CASA (Committee to House the Bay Area): The End of Local Land Use Authority?
Livable CA founder Susan Kirsch and investigative reporter Zelda Bronstein share a moment before Zelda’s presentation. Video Link
 

November 10, 2018, Livable California celebrated candidates who earned respect for running for office, because, winning or not, they added their voice to changing the narrative from a frenzied “housing crisis” to supporting paced, smart, and balanced growth.

 A dozen people, including four who won a seat on their city council, earned certificates “In recognition of courage and commitment to advocate for local control, moderate growth, and balanced housing and commercial development that protects infrastructure and the environment.”

Pictured (L-R)

Anja Miller, Brisbane, Measure JJ, passed

Tony Kelly, 2nd place, SF BOS race, District 10

Lou Ann Bassan, 2nd place, SF BOS race, District 4

Tom DuBois, Palo Alto, re-elected CC

Michael Goldman, Sunnyvale CC

Steve Scherf, Cupertino CC

Liang Chao, newly elected Cupertino CC

Mike Murphy, ran in SF BOS race, District 4

Julie Testa, newly elected Pleasanton CC

Eva Chou, 2nd place, BART Board, District 8

Bern Steves, Attorney

Lydia Kou, Palo Alto CC

Susan Kirsch, Founder, Livable CA

Not pictured:

  1. Keith Gurnee, ran for mayor, San Luis Obispo

Alison Hicks, newly elected, Mountain View CC

Kathleen Jenkins, ran for Orinda CC

Photo Credit: Stephen Nestel

  

 

 

November 9, 2018, Michael Goldman (2.4 minutes), Sunnyvale City Council member, explains how the pressure to build, build, build creates more congestion, the middle class is being squeezed, and people are leaving of the Bay Area. Video Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 3, 2018, Tom Rubin (3.08 minutes), CPA, Transportation Consultant and Oakland resident, talks about CA government’s ability to make a bad situation worse. He cites, for example, transportation spending doubling over the past 30 years while ridership has dropped over 30%. Video Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 26, 2018, Carey White (2.5 minutes), Livable California Board member, CEO Positive Arts, San Francisco Richmond District resident, expresses concern about the threat to a livable California from developers, tech, and a greed for growth. He takes hope for the future when like-minded people come together to stand up to determine their own destiny.. Video Link

 

 

 

 

 

October 16, 2018, Stephen Scharf (1.24 minutes), Cupertino City Council member, describes impact of a project approved under SB35 with 2,402 units; appreciation for Livable CA as a force against exploitation. Video Link

 

 

October 12, 2018, Julie Testa (3.25 minutes), candidate for the Pleasant City Council, highlights the challenge to cities to balance growth and maintain infrastructure. While state mandates threaten to destroy quality of life, Livable California educates, inspires and offers hope for getting the balance right.  Video Link

 

 

October 12, 2018, San Francisco, CA 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

LIVABLE CALIFORNIA Announces Five New Additions to the Video Library  

Livable California brings you the voices of community leaders from around the Bay Area exploring the issues you care about. Elected and volunteer leaders discuss congestion, growth, housing, and transportation in short, one to three-minute interviews.

Video #1. – October 12, 2018

Julie Testa (3.25 minutes), candidate for the Pleasanton City Council, highlights the challenge to cities to balance growth and maintain infrastructure. While state mandates threaten to destroy quality of life, Livable California educates, inspires and offers hope for getting the balance right.  

Video #2. (Release date: October 16, 2018)

Stephen Scharf (1.24 minutes), Cupertino City Council member, describes impact of a project approved under SB35 with 2,402 units; appreciation for Livable CA as a force against exploitation.   

Video #3. (Release date: October 26, 2018)

Carey White (2.5 minutes), Livable California Board member, CEO Positive Arts, San Francisco Richmond District resident, expresses concern about the threat to a livable California from developers, tech, and a greed for growth. He takes hope for the future when like-minded people come together to stand up to determine their own destiny.

Video #4. (Release date: November 2, 2018)

Tom Rubin (3.08 minutes), CPA, Transportation Consultant and Oakland resident, talks about CA government’s ability to make a bad situation worse. He cites, for example, transportation spending doubling over the past 30 years while ridership has dropped over 30%.

Video #5. (Release date: November 9, 2018)

Michael Goldman (2.4 minutes), Sunnyvale City Council member, explains how the pressure to build, build, build creates more congestion, the middle class is being squeezed, and people are leaving of the Bay Area.

THANKS:  BrightPathVideo, 415-250-6520

 

September 23, 2018Citizens Journal  Publishes  Editorial by Susan Kirsch

Citizens Journal covers all of Ventura County with this article 

 

 

September 13, 2018San Francisco Business Times Publishes  Opinion Piece by Susan Kirsch 

This great article hit’s many important issues in today’s struggle to strike the right balance for true sustainability and livability. 

 

September 11, 2018Livable California Meets with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Deputy Secretary

Governor Jerry Brown‘s Deputy Legislative Secretary Graciela Castillo-Krings met with reps from Livable California to hear arguments against SB-828 (Letter).  Susan Kirsch, founder of Livable CA; Michael Goldman, Sunnyvale City Council member (speaking for himself); Rand Martin, MVM Strategy Group; and Jill Stewart, Executive Director, Coalition to Preserve Los Angeles urged a veto. Among many issues, the bill changes the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) from a planning tool to a heavy-handed production mandate, increasing the financial burden on already overburdened communities.

September 8, 2018Livable California hears from Brisbane

Former Brisbane mayor and city council members Ken Miller and Anja Miller, along with environmentalist Dana Dillworth and residents Barbara Ebel, Greg Anderson and Debra Horen described the pressures their small community of 4,700 faces from a regional push to make Brisbane the site of 2,200-4,400 units of housing, built on a contaminated landfill site. Besides safety issues, the project risks include intolerable congestion, adding to the housing crisis by adding 7 jobs for each housing unit; and ignoring liability for water scarcity. Presenters urge a NO vote on the proposed General Plan Amendment which comes up in November.  Additional Information:   Website     Article

Blog Article: https://www.brisbane411.com/blog-1/the-canary-in-the-coal-mine 

Watch MTC/ABAG ED Steve Heminger describe the supremacy of regionalism; July, 2017

August 26, 2018Livable California members enter races 

Liang Chao launched her campaign for City Council with a high-energy kick-off event Speakers included Cupertino City Councilman Stephen Scharf and Palo Alto City Councilwoman Lydia Kou.  Other attendees included Sunnyvale City Councilman Michael Goldman and Livable California founder Susan Kirsch.  Liang serves on the Cupertino School Board, is co-founder of Better Cupertino, and a regular at Livable California.

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August 25, 2018 –  In Other Races

Eva I-hua Chao, BART Board candidate; T. Keith Gurnee, San Luis Obispo mayoral candidate, ; Julie Testa, Pleasanton City Council candidate; and Steve Scharf, City Council, Cupertino at a Livable CA meeting.  Kathleen Jenkins (not pictured) is a candidate for the Orinda City Council.

August 25, 2018 – Livable California Celebrates Senator Scott Wiener’s Tweet

 

From Twix to Tweets–Livable California Founder, Susan Kirsch, prepares to hand out “tweets”  in celebration of Sen Scott Wiener’s tweet describing Livable CA as “a new statewide group.”  We came to Sen. Wiener’s attention when we were at the Capitol on Friday 8/24 to urge Assembly members to vote no on SB 828, which shifts the Regional Housing Need Allocation process from a collaborative planning process to a top-down, one-size-fits-all building quota.

August 21, 2018 – Members are Filmed for Prop 10 Commercial

Two Bay Area Livable California members traveled to LA to be part of a commercial in support of Prop 10, the Repeal of Costa Hawkins at the invitation of LA members of our coalition.

 

 

August 5, 2018 – Brisbane officials invite Livable California reps to tour the Baylands

Brisbane’s struggles for reasonable development that fully considers the infrastructure and environmental impacts of this massive project have drawn undue political pressure from state representatives. They are working to get the word out before November. They were invited to present to a larger group on September 8

 

 

July 31, 2018 – Bay Area Members attend kick-off for Prop 10 Campaign in San Francisco

This organizational meeting focused on the ground game and how local organizations can help get the word out between now and November. Big real estate will out-spend our campaign by huge margins so people are important to getting this passed and returning tools to cities to deal with the affordability crisis. Livable California was an early endorser of this initiative.

 

 

 

 

June 22, 2018 – Fiona Ma Speaks at a Livable California Meeting

Fiona Ma, leading candidate for state Treasurer come to speak and answer questions at a Livable California meeting. Allied groups sent representatives to  share in the conversation and learning. Yimby’s helped advertise for us, but didn’t attend.

May 26, 2018 – Livable California Endorses Prop 10

Prop 10 will give cities the right to implement rent control as they see necessary to deal with local issues. This proposition restores local control that was previously taken away by the state at the behest of the real estate lobby.

May 1, 2018 – Members celebrate local journalism with 48-Hills

Independent local journalism is important in these day of corporate influence over some larger publications. At least one Livable California member writes in-depth pieces, often carried in 48-Hills.

April 28, 2018 – Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods’ Town Hall Meeting Co-sponsored by Livable California 

Art Agnos, former SF mayor; Zelda Bronstein, former Berkeley Planning Commissioner and journalist; Calvin Welch, Affordable Housing Advocate; and Sophie Maxwell, former SF Supervisor spoke at the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods’ Town Hall Meeting, Koret Auditorium.  West of Twin Peaks Council, Noe Neighborhoods Council, SF Neighborhood Network, Van Ness Corridor Neighborhoods, Stand Up For San Francisco and Livable California co-sponsored.

April 24, 2018Senate Transportation & Housing Hearing on SB 828 (RHNA changes)

Livable California coordinated with the Coalation to Preserve LA to have a powerful North/South presence in Sacramento to lobby against this bill. Bay Area Community Leaders from Sunnyvale, San Rafael, Petaluma, Pleasanton, San Francisco, and Cupertino participated. The bill, with amendments, moved on to the Appropriations Committee.

April 19, 2018 –  Livable California Opened a New Office in the Historic Redstone Building in San Francisco’s Mission District. 

 

April 17 – Senate Transportation & Housing Hearing on SB 827 (High density housing near transit stops)

Livable California was part of the opposition in Sacramento that defeated this bill . We teamed up with our partners in Los Angeles to testify at this important hearing. Livable California arranged a mini-bus and car pools from San Francisco. In the week’s prior to the hearing we coordinated letters and calls to the committee members.

After the hearing we met with John Mirisch, Vice-Mayor, City of Beverly Hills to discuss strategies to protect communities from the overreach of legislation and the political influence of big business.

April 3, 2018 Oppose SB 827  Rally on the steps of San Francisco City Hall

Livable California members worked with other community leaders in planning and executing this rally. The Rally was a success. The Board of Supervisors met that same afternoon and the City of San Francisco formally opposed SB 827

In the week’s prior to the rally we worked in a team with other San Francisco community leaders to create a resolution encouraging the city of San Francisco to formally oppose SB 827 It was signed by 42 organizations and several individuals.

October 12, 2018, San Francisco, CA 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

LIVABLE CALIFORNIA Announces Five New Additions to the Video Library  

Livable California brings you the voices of community leaders from around the Bay Area exploring the issues you care about. Elected and volunteer leaders discuss congestion, growth, housing, and transportation in short, one to three-minute interviews.

Video #1. – October 12, 2018

Julie Testa (3.25 minutes), candidate for the Pleasant City Council, highlights the challenge to cities to balance growth and maintain infrastructure. While state mandates threaten to destroy quality of life, Livable California educates, inspires and offers hope for getting the balance right.  

Video #2. (Release date: October 16, 2018)

Stephen Scharf (1.24 minutes), Cupertino City Council member, describes impact of a project approved under SB35 with 2,402 units; appreciation for Livable CA as a force against exploitation.   

Video #3. (Release date: October 26, 2018)

Carey White (2.5 minutes), Livable California Board member, CEO Positive Arts, San Francisco Richmond District resident, expresses concern about the threat to a livable California from developers, tech, and a greed for growth. He takes hope for the future when like-minded people come together to stand up to determine their own destiny.

Video #4. (Release date: November 2, 2018)

Tom Rubin (3.08 minutes), CPA, Transportation Consultant and Oakland resident, talks about CA government’s ability to make a bad situation worse. He cites, for example, transportation spending doubling over the past 30 years while ridership has dropped over 30%.

Video #5. (Release date: November 9, 2018)

Michael Goldman (2.4 minutes), Sunnyvale City Council member, explains how the pressure to build, build, build creates more congestion, the middle class is being squeezed, and people are leaving of the Bay Area.

THANKS:  BrightPathVideo, 415-250-6520

 

September 23, 2018Citizens Journal  Publishes  Editorial by Susan Kirsch

Citizens Journal covers all of Ventura County with this article 

 

 

September 13, 2018San Francisco Business Times Publishes  Opinion Piece by Susan Kirsch 

This great article hit’s many important issues in today’s struggle to strike the right balance for true sustainability and livability. 

 

September 11, 2018Livable California Meets with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Deputy Secretary

Governor Jerry Brown‘s Deputy Legislative Secretary Graciela Castillo-Krings met with reps from Livable California to hear arguments against SB-828 (Letter).  Susan Kirsch, founder of Livable CA; Michael Goldman, Sunnyvale City Council member (speaking for himself); Rand Martin, MVM Strategy Group; and Jill Stewart, Executive Director, Coalition to Preserve Los Angeles urged a veto. Among many issues, the bill changes the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) from a planning tool to a heavy-handed production mandate, increasing the financial burden on already overburdened communities.

September 8, 2018Livable California hears from Brisbane

Former Brisbane mayor and city council members Ken Miller and Anja Miller, along with environmentalist Dana Dillworth and residents Barbara Ebel, Greg Anderson and Debra Horen described the pressures their small community of 4,700 faces from a regional push to make Brisbane the site of 2,200-4,400 units of housing, built on a contaminated landfill site. Besides safety issues, the project risks include intolerable congestion, adding to the housing crisis by adding 7 jobs for each housing unit; and ignoring liability for water scarcity. Presenters urge a NO vote on the proposed General Plan Amendment which comes up in November.  Additional Information:   Website     Article

Blog Article: https://www.brisbane411.com/blog-1/the-canary-in-the-coal-mine 

Watch MTC/ABAG ED Steve Heminger describe the supremacy of regionalism; July, 2017

August 26, 2018Livable California members enter races 

Liang Chao launched her campaign for City Council with a high-energy kick-off event Speakers included Cupertino City Councilman Stephen Scharf and Palo Alto City Councilwoman Lydia Kou.  Other attendees included Sunnyvale City Councilman Michael Goldman and Livable California founder Susan Kirsch.  Liang serves on the Cupertino School Board, is co-founder of Better Cupertino, and a regular at Livable California.

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August 25, 2018 –  In Other Races

Eva I-hua Chao, BART Board candidate; T. Keith Gurnee, San Luis Obispo mayoral candidate, ; Julie Testa, Pleasanton City Council candidate; and Steve Scharf, City Council, Cupertino at a Livable CA meeting.  Kathleen Jenkins (not pictured) is a candidate for the Orinda City Council.

August 25, 2018 – Livable California Celebrates Senator Scott Wiener’s Tweet

 

From Twix to Tweets–Livable California Founder, Susan Kirsch, prepares to hand out “tweets”  in celebration of Sen Scott Wiener’s tweet describing Livable CA as “a new statewide group.”  We came to Sen. Wiener’s attention when we were at the Capitol on Friday 8/24 to urge Assembly members to vote no on SB 828, which shifts the Regional Housing Need Allocation process from a collaborative planning process to a top-down, one-size-fits-all building quota.

August 21, 2018 – Members are Filmed for Prop 10 Commercial

Two Bay Area Livable California members traveled to LA to be part of a commercial in support of Prop 10, the Repeal of Costa Hawkins at the invitation of LA members of our coalition.

 

 

August 5, 2018 – Brisbane officials invite Livable California reps to tour the Baylands

Brisbane’s struggles for reasonable development that fully considers the infrastructure and environmental impacts of this massive project have drawn undue political pressure from state representatives. They are working to get the word out before November. They were invited to present to a larger group on September 8

 

 

July 31, 2018 – Bay Area Members attend kick-off for Prop 10 Campaign in San Francisco

This organizational meeting focused on the ground game and how local organizations can help get the word out between now and November. Big real estate will out-spend our campaign by huge margins so people are important to getting this passed and returning tools to cities to deal with the affordability crisis. Livable California was an early endorser of this initiative.

 

 

 

 

June 22, 2018 – Fiona Ma Speaks at a Livable California Meeting

Fiona Ma, leading candidate for state Treasurer come to speak and answer questions at a Livable California meeting. Allied groups sent representatives to  share in the conversation and learning. Yimby’s helped advertise for us, but didn’t attend.

May 26, 2018 – Livable California Endorses Prop 10

Prop 10 will give cities the right to implement rent control as they see necessary to deal with local issues. This proposition restores local control that was previously taken away by the state at the behest of the real estate lobby.

May 1, 2018 – Members celebrate local journalism with 48-Hills

Independent local journalism is important in these day of corporate influence over some larger publications. At least one Livable California member writes in-depth pieces, often carried in 48-Hills.

April 28, 2018 – Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods’ Town Hall Meeting Co-sponsored by Livable California 

Art Agnos, former SF mayor; Zelda Bronstein, former Berkeley Planning Commissioner and journalist; Calvin Welch, Affordable Housing Advocate; and Sophie Maxwell, former SF Supervisor spoke at the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods’ Town Hall Meeting, Koret Auditorium.  West of Twin Peaks Council, Noe Neighborhoods Council, SF Neighborhood Network, Van Ness Corridor Neighborhoods, Stand Up For San Francisco and Livable California co-sponsored.

April 24, 2018Senate Transportation & Housing Hearing on SB 828 (RHNA changes)

Livable California coordinated with the Coalation to Preserve LA to have a powerful North/South presence in Sacramento to lobby against this bill. Bay Area Community Leaders from Sunnyvale, San Rafael, Petaluma, Pleasanton, San Francisco, and Cupertino participated. The bill, with amendments, moved on to the Appropriations Committee.

April 19, 2018 –  Livable California Opened a New Office in the Historic Redstone Building in San Francisco’s Mission District. 

 

April 17 – Senate Transportation & Housing Hearing on SB 827 (High density housing near transit stops)

Livable California was part of the opposition in Sacramento that defeated this bill . We teamed up with our partners in Los Angeles to testify at this important hearing. Livable California arranged a mini-bus and car pools from San Francisco. In the week’s prior to the hearing we coordinated letters and calls to the committee members.

After the hearing we met with John Mirisch, Vice-Mayor, City of Beverly Hills to discuss strategies to protect communities from the overreach of legislation and the political influence of big business.

April 3, 2018 Oppose SB 827  Rally on the steps of San Francisco City Hall

Livable California members worked with other community leaders in planning and executing this rally. The Rally was a success. The Board of Supervisors met that same afternoon and the City of San Francisco formally opposed SB 827

In the week’s prior to the rally we worked in a team with other San Francisco community leaders to create a resolution encouraging the city of San Francisco to formally oppose SB 827 It was signed by 42 organizations and several individuals.

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