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
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
The Infamous SB 50 is Hiding in 7 Bad Bills: SB 6, SB 8, SB 9, SB 10 & SB 478, and AB 1322 & AB 1401
The Infamous SB 50 is Hiding in 7 Bad Bills: SB 6, SB 8, SB 9, SB 10, SB 478, AB 1322, AB 1401 Sacramento "trickle-down" housing proponents are trying to revive the divisive pre-COVID legislation SB 50 through a group of 7 bad bills. Without your intervention — meaning you contacting your own senator
(The above photo of Redondo Beach's "Tall and Skinnies" shows how SB 9 and SB 10 would decimate yards and overrun single-family streets. But the dense 4-plexes in the photo above are half the density allowed by SB 9 and SB 10, which would jam 8 to 10 market-rate units on the lots depicted above,
SB 1120 is BACK as SB 9: Kills Single-Family Streets! SB 902 is BACK as SB 10: 10-Unit Apartments Everywhere!
Dec. 16, 2020: State Sen. Scott Wiener and his allies in the legislature on Dec. 8 reintroduced the two worst of their 9 Bad Bills from 2020, SB 1120 and SB 902 — now renamed SB 9 and SB 10. For a list of California land-use and housing bills proposed in early December for
In a meltdown Sacramento hasn't seen in years, state Senate boss Toni Atkins' gentrification and displacement bill, SB 1120, died early today — amidst shouting, legislators' mics cut off by enemies and other self-inflicted wounds. In the chaos, Atkins' entire "housing package" died, as bills ran into a legal deadline of 12:01 am, Sept. 1.
NEWS UPDATE: On Saturday Aug. 29, the California state senate APPROVED AB 725, cousin to SB 1120, in a split vote. Needing 21 votes, it got 23. An unfortunate outcome. Now the two houses will have a meeting called "concurrence" to work out lingering details. Then, the bill goes to Gov. Newsom. We hope
In a major criticism of the California legislature's 2020 housing plans, dozens of elected officials from across the state on Aug. 20 urged legislators to "suspend all activity on land-use bills" until the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are known. In searing language, the California Alliance of Local Electeds (CALE) said that even as the