Bay Area / California

Will CA Housing Bills Cross Finish Line?

Posted September 14, 2017 by

California’s future housing affordability has come down to this: the Legislature either approves housing bills by Friday evening September 15 or faces a colossal failure. All of the excitement and optimism over the August 28 agreement for a $4 billion
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Soil Not Oil In The Shadow of Chevron?

Posted September 5, 2017 by

No fossil fuel critics have been more regular visitors to Richmond, CA. than the hundreds of people arriving for this week’s “Soil Not Oil” conference, held, annually, in the shadow of the city’s century old Chevron refinery. Why pick a
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South Bay Inflicts Pain on SF Renters

Posted August 8, 2017 by

Last night in the south of San Francisco city of Brisbane, the City Council continued its deliberations over whether to include any housing on its “Baylands” site. The Brisbane Planning Commission has supported a project that includes two-million square feet
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SF Advances, Berkeley Retreats

Posted June 29, 2017 by

Cities Diverge on Housing Three recently enacted measures have transformed San Francisco into the Bay Area leader for addressing housing affordability. Meanwhile, Berkeley is in full retreat. At its June 27 meeting, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed
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Working Families Big Winners of CA Tax Credit Expansion

Posted June 27, 2017 by Bobbi Murray

(This piece first appeared in Capital and Main) There’s good news for low-income Californians tucked within the massive state budget document Governor Jerry Brown is set to sign this week, including a measure that advocates estimate could benefit more than
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Rocky Times for Libby Schaaf

Posted June 22, 2017 by

These are not the best of times for Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf. Now routinely booed at public appearances, Schaaf  is grappling with big city challenges without the power of most big city mayors. I’ve been a big fan of Schaaf’s
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