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...

SILICON VALLEY HOUSING FORUM – April 6, 1:30 PM

SILICON VALLEY HOUSING FORUM Date:    Saturday, April 6, 2019 Time:   1:30 – 3:30 pm (seating begins at 1:15) Where: Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd. RSVP:  http://evite.me/qs2bGvW5qQ With Livable California founder Susan Kirsch, Sunnyvale Council...

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...

“Missing Middle” Housing Proposal Needs a Reality Check

Lori Droste’s “Missing Middle” Housing Proposal Needs a Reality Check (PUBLIC COMMENT) – Berkley Zelda Bronstein Sunday March 17, 2019  In this article, Zelda Bronstein debunks  several myths behind proposals like this one ….....

An Estimated100,000 Homes are Sitting Empty in San Francisco

State legislators trying to override local regulations, claiming a “Housing Crisis” rather than an “Affordability Crisis”.They are proposing legislation that promotes primarily luxury units. Now we see that those units are often used for...

Top L.A. Leaders Slam Wiener’s SB 50 – Press Release 3/15/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2019 Top L.A. Leaders Slam Wiener’s SB 50 Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB 50, an extreme version of his defeated SB 827, is under attack by L.A. Democratic leaders because it destroys single-family areas and affordable apartments to make way for...

Scott Wiener’s SB 50 is a WIMBY Bill

By John Mirisch : foxandhoundsdaily – excerpt Zev Yaroslavsky, former LA County Supervisor and former LA City Councilmember, astutely noted that state senator Scott Wiener’s SB827, which would take away local zoning authority from cities and replace it with...

Debunking the Housing Supply Myth

“One myth still in the early stages of its perpetual repetition: housing prices are going up because there isn’t enough supply, and local land use regulation is to blame. This is likewise totally false in almost every instance, but contesting this idea really...

San Francisco Is Failing Its Residents

San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener doubles down on the failures of the Yimby theology. “We have a glut of tech companies in San Francisco, coupled with soaring residential rent and real estate prices that make living here virtually unaffordable for all but the...

Mayor: Proposed State Housing Law a Bad Fit for Pasadena

Mayor Tornek said the City is prepared to go to court to fight if the State continues to siphon off more municipal authority. “The law does not provide exemptions for cities like Pasadena, which are already generating housing at a rapid pace, Pasadena Mayor...

State of California wants to Grab Local Communities’ Land

Senate Bill 50 will give the State of California the power to order construction of apartments within one-quarter miles of a frequently used bus stop or one-half mile of a train station.”  ” But but article 54 of the state’s constitution, says:  “No low...

Pressure to build, build, build

November 9, 2018: Michael Goldman (2.4 minutes), Sunnyvale City Council member, explains how the pressure to build, build, build creates more congestion, the middle class is being squeezed, and people are leaving of the Bay Area. Video...