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 /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
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
Withering Analysis by Daniel Carrigg of SB 9: Amended After Intense Criticism, SB 9 Still Overruns Single-Family Streets with 6-Unit Projects
April 16, 2021 Deeply respected California legislative expert Dan Carrigg of Renne Public Policy Group announces that SB 9 by Toni Atkins, amended by the author on April 5 after intense and broad criticism, still lets developers pave over single-family communities to erect 6-unit projects, and possibly 8 units, where 1 home stands today. Carrigg's
(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,
Feb. 7, 2021 Vancouver's high-profile professor, planner and author, Patrick Condon, told more than 160 California community leaders at the Livable California Teleconference on Feb. 6, 2021 that "upzoning" of neighborhoods drives up housing costs and cannot create affordable housing. Many participants asked us to make his powerful presentation and his new book, Sick
By Nick Waranoff, January 20, 2021: SB 9 Fact Sheet: Understanding the proposed up-zoning law that would end single-family zoning in California SB 9 would allow 8 units where there is now one lot (one parcel). A city, however, would not be required to approve more than 6 units. Here is how this would happen.