Meeting Mayor Jesse Arreguín

HAC was delighted to welcome Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín to a recent Regulatory Committee meeting and discuss his views on housing in Berkeley and the broader Bay Area. Mayor Arreguín was elected in 2015, becoming the second-youngest mayor in Berkeley’s history. He has helped spearhead much of Berkeley’s recent pro-housing legislation and shared his vision…

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A Morning with Anne Taupier

The Housing Action Coalition recently met with Anne Taupier, Acting Director of the San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development. Working at OEWD since 2009, she brings long standing experience and dedication to her role, and we were excited to hear her vision for OEWD and thoughts on housing. Anne believes that building more…

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Welcoming Oakland Planning Director William Gilchrist

HAC was delighted to host a recent conversation with Oakland Planning Director William Gilchrist, who came to Oakland after years of leading planning departments in New Orleans and Birmingham, about his department’s priorities for the year ahead.  Focusing his remarks on the process of updating Oakland’s General Plan, Director Gilchrist noted that the plan will…

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A Conversation with Streetlight’s Jeff Pawlak and Isaac Rosenberg

HAC recently welcomed Streetlight as a new member and spoke with its founders Jeff Pawlak and Issac Rosenberg about their new venture aimed at helping home builders win approval for their projects. Welcome to the Housing Action Coalition! For starters, what is Streetlight? So glad to be part of HAC! Community opposition is an ongoing challenge for…

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ADUs: Then and Now

HAC recently welcomed architect Mark Hogan (OpenScope Studio) and attorney Brett Gladstone (Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Harris & McSparran) to discuss updates to California ADU laws.  But what, you may be wondering, are ADUs? Let’s take a quick(ish) look.  Commonly called  “Granny Flats” or  Secondary Units, an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a secondary residential unit…

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Sacramento Update

HAC began 2021 working closely with our partners in the Home Builders Coalition to pinpoint our legislative priorities and enlist support from lawmakers.  Now as the Senate and Assembly get ready to begin hearings on housing issues on March 18, below is a (very) short summary of bills we’re actively supporting. We’re also especially excited to…

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Introducing HAC’s 2021 Policy Agenda

The Housing Action Coalition (HAC), though our 501(c)(3) education and 501(c)(4) advocacy arms, advocates for building more housing at all levels of affordability to help solve the Bay Area and California’s housing shortage, displacement, and affordability crises.  The magnitude of our housing shortage is nothing short of staggering. California has a statewide shortage of more…

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It’s Time for Urbanists to Engage on Education

San Francisco’s housing shortage, displacement, and affordability crises have long made national news. But now, only two months into 2021, the media spotlight has turned to our schools and our attention-getting school board. In addition to generating an avalanche of articles, ridicule, and comparisons to “Portlandia,” the school board’s recent actions have sparked a powerful…

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The Past, Present, and Future of Freeways

HAC intern extraordinaire Olivia Bergin takes a deep dive into the history of freeways, examines their adverse effects on communities of color, and looks toward the growing momentum for tearing them down and building more vibrant and inclusive communities.   A brief history of freeways  Freeways were mass-produced following the passing of the Federal Highway Act…

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Sacramento Update: Ready for 2021!

While 2020 was not at all what we had hoped for in terms of housing progress in Sacramento, we’re both prepared for and optimistic about advancing pro-housing legislation in the year ahead. While HAC will not be taking a position on every piece of legislation in the just-introduced “Building Housing Opportunities for All” Senate Housing…

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