CEQA Reform May Be Rearing Its Head This Fall

CEQA Reform May Be Rearing Its Head This Fall

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA reform), has long been the bete noire of urbanists. Signed into law in 1970 by Gov. Ronald Reagan, it has not been updated to address the large environmental challenges our cities face, though this was not for lack of trying over the decades! There was a small victory last…

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Report on Housing Affordability Falls Short of Solutions

Report on Housing Affordability Falls Short of Solutions

Last week, the California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) published an important analysis titled, “HOW SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY’S HOUSING MARKET IS FAILING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES.”  Chock-full of statistics, graphs and recommendations, this report is certainly worth reviewing for a perspective on today’s housing market. CHPC’s reports: – San Francisco currently has a…

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Calvin Welch Challenges Housing Supply Remedies

Calvin Welch, a long-time housing activist, part-time instructor at SFSU and founder of Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO), recently released a video through Tim Redmond’s 48Hills blog expounding his theories on San Francisco’s housing affordability crisis. They’re definitely worth viewing! His short lectures are a useful window into the thinking of a portion of…

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Update on Dueling Housing Ballot Measures

At the time we’re writing this, the upcoming November election may have two competing housing-related ballot measures, one from Supervisor Jane Kim and one from Mayor Lee. The confusion around this has unfortunately caused political gridlock and stalled progress on various housing and land use policy discussions that were underway. As discussed at the July…

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The Shortfalls of Ballot-Box Planning

Patrick Valentino, an SFHAC-member, real estate attorney and community activist, shares his views on the consequences of ballot-box planning for land use and housing policy.   Political debates and ballot box planning will not build more affordable and middle income-housing. Having spent three months battling Proposition B, the “Waterfront Height Limits Right to Vote Act,”…

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Recap of Mayor’s Housing Task Force Meeting #2

On Friday, June 20th, senior members of Mayor’s staff, SF Planning and MOEWD convened a “Big-Tent” housing task force meeting to recap the progress to date of the Mayor’s goal of adding 30,000 new homes, including 10,000 permanently affordable homes, by 2020. This meeting came after introduction of two opposing November ballot measures focused on…

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SPUR’s Analysis of Proposed Housing Balance Legislation

After the draft release in April of Supervisor Jane Kim’s proposed Housing Balance legislation, SFHAC staff and several of our members joined with SPUR staff and members to analyze this radical, damaging housing legislation. Out of this meeting, SPUR wrote a thorough analysis that requests alternatives or amendments to the legislation. We are sharing excerpts…

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