Saturday, September 26, 2020

Tag: CEQA

A displacement housing bill barely dies — but it will come back

Measure to turn any single-family lot into four units -- with zero affordable housing -- is the top of the Scott Wiener/Yimby agenda.

Deal with SF’s worst planning scofflaw goes forward with little public review

  A settlement deal with one of the city’s worst planning scofflaws comes before the Government Audit and Oversight Committee tomorrow – but the case is far from over. The City...

Planners keep wanting to streamline approvals for housing that won’t get built

The Board of Supes isn’t back from vacation yet, but the Planning Commission is – and on Thursday/22 the panel will hear a report on how the Planning Department...

The Agenda: Saving a SoMa park

The Board of Supes will hear an appeal Tuesday/9 of a project in SoMa, and the outcome will show how serious the city is about enforcing a 34-year-old law that...

Regional planners mount a quiet coup to promote developers and attack vulnerable communities

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has been planning a coup. Not the putsch kind of coup, where armed insurgents overthrow a duly constituted government, but an insidious takeover led by an...

The myth of long-term housing “underproduction”

In an interview with Phil Matier on CBS April 1, State Sen. Scott Wiener repeated a line I’ve heard from him, and from many others in politics and the...

OPINION: Strengthening CEQA to help solve the housing crisis

CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, has long been the bugaboo of developers who – surprise, surprise -- don’t like restrictions, regulations, rules or zoning getting in the way...

Why Wiener’s housing bill undermines good policy outcomes

The One Oak project and another controversial development in the Mission both moved forward this week after the district supervisors worked with the developers and the appellants to cut...

The latest attack on homeless people …

San Francisco politicians have a history of attacking and scapegoating homeless people to advance their careers. Remember, Gavin Newsom (who is now campaigning for governor as a progressive) ran...

Alternative facts and the mayor’s housing plan

Mayor Ed Lee two weeks ago launched a new effort to bring about "affordable" housing opportunities for San Franciscans by proposing, as he did 18 months ago, that market-rate...