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Livable California Formally Opposes Bad Housing Bill in Committees

  In a series of letters to California state Senate and Assembly Committees, Livable California formally Opposed SB50, SB330 and AB1487   _____________________________________ April 14, 2019 CA Senate Governance & Finance Committee State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814 SB 50 -  OPPOSED Dear Senator Mike McGuire, Chair, and members of the Senate Governance & Finance Committee:

Hyper-vacancy and Sacramento’s Collusion with Speculators

Marin Post - by: Niccolo Caldararo - April 1, 2019 "But we have to ask why American cities have a glut of high rise developments and still little affordable housing? That is because builders and financiers are pursuing luxury buyers and planners and politicians are supporting them. Most units built are not primary residences but are speculative investments

TRANSIT’S DECLINING IMPORTANCE

Bad Policy like SB 50 assumes transit is well used so that's where we should bulid Luxury Condos. It isn't! Rich luxury condo owners don't use it and displace low income people that depend on it, further undermining transit. From the study in newgeography:  "Counting all 480-some urban areas, transit carries less than 1.6 percent

Opponents of Transit Density Bill find an Audience in Palo Alto

Opponents of transit density bill find an audience in Palo Alto - Link Elected officials and community leaders band together to fight SB 50, but not everyone in the Silicon Valley enclave is onboard More than 200 people came out for an event about SB 50 and Livable California in Palo Alto on Sunday afternoon,

Opportunity Zones or Gentrification Zones

Several recent articles linked here have addressed federal Opportunity Zone regulations. Concerns have been raised about the social justice and gentrification impacts of these zones.  One article states "The existing regulations have made that calculation relatively easy for real estate investors, who are accelerating previously planned projects in the zones and starting new ones that