Stories about Congestion

What the regional housing “compact” amounts to — so far

The first installment of my CASA story listed bills introduced in the state Legislature on December 3, most notably Scott Wiener’s do-over of his failed SB 827, SB 50,...

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...

Brown, Bloomberg (and their agenda) face protests at Climate Action Summit

As Governor Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened the Global Climate Action Summit Thursday, they were greeted by hundreds of protesters and direct action...

Rust Belt SF? Are we doomed by progressive politics?

CNBC calls it a picture of a “dystopian future.” The Chron calls it a vision for “a better San Francisco.” That’s what we get with SPUR’s provocative report on Four...

BART Board votes to endorse Wiener housing bill

On March 8, the BART Board voted 5-4 to support SB 827 – state Sen. Scott Wiener’s housing bill -- with undetermined amendments that address tenant protections, affordability, incentives...

The Agenda: Taxing Uber and Lyft …

THE AGENDA There’s not a lot going on at City Hall this week; everyone seems to be too busy campaigning. But Sup. Aaron Peskin is introducing an interesting resolution...

First mayoral debate has no winners and too much agreement

The first mayoral debate of the spring had no clear winners or losers; in fact, none of the candidates stood out as dramatically different from any of the others....

Scott Wiener’s war on local planning

On January 19, I attended UCLA Extension’s 2018 Land Use Law and Planning Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Seated in long rows of tables under...

The Lexus Lanes — and why they won’t work

One of the hallmarks of neoliberalism is the application of market solutions to market-generated problems. It’s an approach that’s bound to fail, because market-generated problems can only be solved...

What’s at stake for big condo project at Van Ness and Market

The Board of Supes put off for a week a decision on the environmental review of the One Oak project after a series of speakers noted that the city...