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
SB 10 Would Let California City Councils Upend Voter-Protected Lands for Development: SB 10 Fact Sheet
(SOAR Photo) Jan. 9, 2021, SB 10 does two things: It lets a simple majority on a city council overturn voter-approved ballot initiatives that protect open space and land, or that protect neighborhoods on such issues as height limits. SB 10 would also allows cities to approve 10-unit market-rate apartments almost anywhere, regardless of zoning.
Few Californians — or legislators — realized Scott Wiener's SB 902 was as horrific as SB 1120. In hidden language, SB 902 allows city councils to override voter initiatives that protect shores, open space, urban boundaries — any cherished land. Luckily, our volunteer bill analysts spotted Wiener's attack on our 108-year-old right to
Robert Silverstein Video on SB 1085: A Housing Bill Richly Rewards Developers & Hurts Working People
Judges keep siding with Los Angeles attorney Robert Silverstein as he fights to save low-income Hollywood from skyscrapers. So naturally, he is appalled by SB 1085, a bill that must have been written by developers.
Bullet Point Analysis — Reasons to Oppose SB 902 (Wiener), the “Attack on Democratic Voting Rights” Bill It sounds far-fetched, but SB 902 is "greased" for approval in California state Senate committees. Yet it contains a major anti-democracy clause that went unnoticed due to its original convoluted wording: It empowers cities and counties to UNDO
State Assemblyman Richard Bloom has morphed into Scott Wiener, even as Wiener loses support among Sacramento legislators due to his slyness and divisive war on homes, yards and neighborhoods. In his AB 1279, Bloom (Santa Monica) would jam ultra-dense housing in newly defined "Opportunity Areas" — thriving middle-class areas that Bloom's bill would seek to
AB 3173, authored by Scott Wiener follower and Assemblymember Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, would reward developers who build excessively small and highly lucrative 80-square-foot luxury micro-units, jamming them into every major city from Fresno to Long Beach to San Diego. We estimate this "housing" will rent for about $1,700 per space, yet will be