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Trump Says Florida Students Should Have Done More To Prevent Deadly Shooting

February 15, 2018

By Alana Horowitz Satlin : huffingtonpost – excerpt (video included)

Meanwhile, the president has actually made it easier for people with mental health issues to buy guns


I have no works for people who blame students for adults who fail to protect. Leave comments at the source. Encourage change.


These 5 bills before California lawmakers seek to expand health coverage, lower costs

February 13, 2018

By Michelle Faust: KPCC – excerpt (includes audio, but doesn’t work for me. I can listen to the live shows on iTunes.)

This week, advocates of moving California to a single-payer health care system renewed their push in Sacramento. On Wednesday, hundreds of them crowded into a hearing of a special State Assembly committee that’s exploring whether and how to bring universal health care to the state…(more)

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SF planners blast Wiener housing bill that would upzone entire city

February 12, 2018

Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Even a pro-growth, pro-development department has to admit that Wiener’s latest housing bill goes way too far (and does nothing for the affordable housing crisis)


The areas in orange and yellow are the places Scott Wiener’s bill would upzone. It’s pretty much the entire city. SF Planning Dept. map

The San Francisco Planning Department – which is not known for its anti-development tendencies – has issued a blistering critique of state Sen. Scott Wiener’s new housing bill that points to a long list of problems the legislation would have for the senator’s home town…

When the San Francisco City Planning Department says that a bill is huge giveaway to a handful of developers and property owners, it’s a signal that this is beyond even the normal neo-liberal policy that governs land use in this city and state… (more)

No one in California is safe from SB 827. Read the analysis of the bill here:  SB 827.  If you feel this is a bad idea let your local city representatives know you oppose SB 827. Any developer can order a bus stop in front of their project to make it “transit rich”. The bus stop may not last but the 10 story or higher building will stand for a long time. Oh, and SB 827, written by YIMBYs, already has cousins, SB 828, and 829 that will alter the numbers to capture more areas. Some fear that passage of the bill will bring more Yimby lawsuits against cities that approve less dense projects, as they have in Lafayette and San Francisco already.

Housing activists in Inglewood, Pasadena latest to pursue rent control

February 12, 2018

By Josie Huang : kpcc – excerpt (audio on KPCC 89.3

Housing activists in Inglewood and Pasadena on Friday announced plans to put rent control initiatives before their cities’ voters next year as part of a regional groundswell of interest in rental caps.

These campaigns come after a spate of Bay Area cities put rent control on the ballot last year. Rent control supporters in two cities — Mountain View and Richmond — were successful, and those outcomes fueled hopes that Southern California communities could also limit rent increases.

The efforts come as California faces a housing crisis that shows no signs of abating.

Activists in Inglewood appear to be the farthest along, having filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative in October. They say they are worried that current residents will not be able to stay in a city that is undergoing a boom in real estate development and improvements like the construction of parks and bike lanes.

Our goal is for people who live here to get to benefit from all the development, and being able to afford here,” said D’Artagnan Scorza, a leader of Uplift Inglewood...

Glendale activists had filed for a rental control initiative earlier this fall, but errors in their documentation means they have to start from scratch. One of their leaders, Michael Van Gorder, told KPCC that their intent is to try again and aim for an initiative for the fall 2018 ballot…

Long Beach activists filed last week, but their petition was rejected because of insufficient information. They plan to try again in about 10 days…(more)

Mayoral Forum at the United Democratic Forum shows some differences in opinions about SFMTA

February 10, 2018

Watch the tape and decide for yourself where the candidates differ on this and other matters. It even appears that some of the Mayoral candidates may be ready to stir things up more than others with the SFMTA according to some of their statements at the United Democratic Club Forum. A link to the recording of the Mayoral Forum is here:

Please send links of recordings of other mayoral forums and debates if you have them so we can share these with our readers.

State squeezes Marin to streamline housing development

February 9, 2018

By Richard Halstead : marinij – excerpt

Marin County and nine of 11 municipalities could be required to implement a streamlined approval process for multi-family housing under a new state law that took effect Jan. 1.

Senate Bill 35, which passed last year despite the opposition of Marin’s two representatives in the Legislature — Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, and Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae — was designed to ensure that cities and counties are approving the housing needed to keep pace with population growth.

Late last week, the state Department of Housing and Community Development released a list of the cities and counties now subject to streamlined housing development under SB 35. The only two Marin municipalities that escaped the streamlining requirement were Corte Madera and San Anselmo…

Paul Jensen, San Rafael’s community development director, agreed that the prevailing wage requirement will be a major hurdle for developers seeking to utilize SB 35 in Marin…

These Bay Area cities and counties are failing to meet all of their housing goals — both market rate and affordable:

Alameda County, Capitola, Carmel, Clayton, Concord, East Palo Alto, Emeryville, Hayward, Los Altos Hills, Martinez, Menlo Park, Mill Valley, Millbrae, Monterey, Moraga, Newark, Novato, Pacifica, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Redwood City, Richmond, San Bruno, San Leandro, San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County, Sausalito, South San Francisco, Tracy, Union City, Vallejo

The Bay Area cities and counties below are not issuing enough permits for affordable (below market rate) housing, but are on track to meet their goals for market-rate housing:

Alameda, Albany, Antioch, Atherton, Berkeley, Brisbane, Burlingame, Campbell, Contra Costa County, Cupertino, Daly City, Danville, Dublin, El Cerrito, Fremont, Gilroy, Hercules, Lafayette, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Marin County, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Oakland, Orinda, Palo Alto, Piedmont, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, San Pablo, San Rafael, San Ramon, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, Sunnyvale, Walnut Creek, Woodside…(more)

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