July 9, 2021 [Letter sent by Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz urging Californians to call their Assemblymember Monday morning, July 12.] Dear Friends and Neighbors, IT’S NOW OR NEVER! Are we going to stand idly by and let the Big Developers convince the state legislature to destroy our single-family neighborhoods, create parking nightmares and
(SOAR Photo) Jan. 9, 2021 (updated July 8, 2021) SB 10 does two things: First, it lets city councils overturn voter-approved ballot measures that protect from overdevelopment local farmland, urban boundaries, shorelines, canyons — or that protect neighborhoods from overdevelopment by enacting height limits or other concepts. Second, SB 10 allows hundreds of cities
June 10, 2021 / SB 9 is designated by Livable California as one of the 7 Bad Bills of 2021. Here's what it does: SB 9’s authors call it a duplex bill that allows split lots in single-family areas. Only after intense pressure from critics including Livable California did the authors concede that the bill
June 10, 2021 / SB 10 is designated by Livable California as one of the 7 Bad Bills of 2021. Here's what it does: In 2011, the state defunded affordable housing during a fiscal crisis, and never put back the $1.5 billion funding that flowed each year to cities (now worth $1.78B per year). In
June 10, 2021 / SB 478 is designated by Livable California as one of the 7 Bad Bills of 2021. Here's what it does: SB 478 lets developers destroy affordable older housing to build 14 luxury apartment units on a typical 5,000 sq. ft. lot. Largely written for tech workers seeking high-end studio and one-bedroom
June 10, 2021 / SB 6 has been designated by Livable California as one of the 7 Bad Bills of 2021. Here's what SB 6 does: SB 6 does not produce, or help finance, a single unit of affordable housing in California, thanks to the bill's 10-unit loophole. It potentially allows developers to dismantle small
June 10, 2021 /AB 1401 is designated by Livable California as one of the 7 Bad Bills of 2021. Here's what it does: A sleeper bill, AB 1401 would prohibit city governments from requiring off-street parking in almost all new commercial or residential projects within ½ mile of a transit station, or of a “high-quality transit
Oppose SB 9 and SB 10: Why Do Politicians Want to Take Away Homeownership from Communities of Color?
May 27, 2021, republished by permission. By Cynthia Davis and Susie Shannon In California, politicians and developers are attacking single-family home zoning. Yet they suspiciously ignore that homeownership is a crucial tool for communities of color to build wealth. Politicians should not take that away by banning single-family zoning: people of color will suffer serious
Famed Urbanist Peter Calthorpe is Against Upzoning: Put Housing in Commercial Areas, DON’T Bulldoze Neighborhoods!
Map: El Camino Real runs 43 miles through Silicon Valley and can absorb 250,000 housing units instead of TEARING APART our neighborhoods. The Bay Area has 16,000 acres of underused commercial lots that could absorb 1.6M new units of housing. [May 24, 2021 Editor's Note: Famed Sustainable Communities author and urbanist Peter Calthorpe is a
Brilliant Nerd Stephen Punwasi: “Home Prices Are Rising As More Supply Is Built. That’s How It Works”
May 15, 2021 Fresh air from Canada, thanks to Stephen Punwasi, one of North America's top influencers in finance and risk. Writing for Better Dwelling, Punwasi explains something many California state legislators are ignorant of as they embrace the Scott Wiener ideology of forcing cities to approve dense luxury housing to help the poor. Read