Cupertino mayor answers critics on housing issues

Cupertino Stats – 2016 Snapshot Similar to some Bay Area cities, they’re way above their RHNA goals for market-rate units but way under for their BMR units. Population: 60,297 Households: 20,500 Employed Residents: 29,500 Jobs: 36,253 Housing Units: 21,560...

LA’s Building Boom: Who Really Benefits?

By Dick Platkin : citywatchla – excerpt PLATKIN ON PLANNING-No, your eyes aren’t lying. Los Angeles is experiencing a building boom, mostly high-rise luxury hotels and apartments in a few select neighborhoods. Some are already open, others are under...

Grim New Report Shows Rent Is Unaffordable In Every State

By Laura Paddison : huffpost – excerpt (includes video) The ‘Out of Reach’ report shows the housing crisis is hitting renters hard, especially those earning the minimum wage. Plenty of evidence shows how widespread and devastating America’s housing crisis is,...

Scott Wiener’s Techniques of Unethical Persuasion

By Eric Krock Friday evening’s forum in Palo Alto on S.B. 50 was a sham and a bust as a voter education event, but it was an outstanding opportunity to see Scott Wiener demonstrate his unethical persuasion techniques in person. Here were some of the lowlights of his...

Tech, not recalcitrant cities, is the root of our housing crisis

Tech, not recalcitrant cities, is the root of our housing crisis By Eric Filseth in SF Chronicle Open Forum “Bay Area voters understand the root of our housing crisis is not local officials — the political narrative — but enormous tech demand for housing. The region...

How San Francisco broke America’s heart

How San Francisco broke America’s heart “This is unregulated capitalism, unbridled capitalism, capitalism run amok. There are no guardrails,” says Salesforce founder and chairman Marc Benioff, a fourth-generation San Franciscan who in a TV interview branded his city...

Can ‘SLO life’ survive when tech comes to town?

· PCASTS Can ‘SLO life’ survive when tech comes to town? By Bill Fink May 24, 2019 Photo: miroslav_1, Getty Images/iStockphoto “On Feb. 21, days after Amazon backed out of its plan to stage a second headquarters in New York City, the mayor of San Luis Obispo...

Build More Housing’ Is No Match for Inequality

A new analysis finds that liberalizing zoning rules and building more won’t solve the urban affordability crisis, and could exacerbate it. Build more. That’s what a growing number of urbanists hail as the solution to the surging home prices and stark inequality of...

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...

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...

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...

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...