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Balloon March in San Diego may return to mark the height of new density limits.

April 15, 2019

The Red Balloon marking the 60 ft height limit was raised in San Diego.

That balloon marks 60′ – the height where San Diego’s planners and developers want to build! San Diego’s red trolleys are colorful and popular with a small number of commuters…

After decades of working behind-the-scenes, with very little “real” community participation, our city and county planners are attempting to ramrod their trolley project before the end of this decade. Development and construction interests pushed for 60′ high rezoning, and stand to reap huge benefits from the juggernaut!…


What We Want

California is in an affordable housing crisis. Debate about what has caused, and what will fix the crisis rages as the price of homes skyrocket.  Whatever the fix, it needs to come fast.

Current state legislators have introduced new legislation, sb50 and sb330, that claims the fix is in the problem: too many single family homes and not enough multi-family homes.

But before that “fix” is applied, San Diego needs a viable, connected and properly planned transit system from SANDAG before disastrous removals of parking regulations and height limits, and implementations of mandatory density quotas are forced upon us that the current legislation proposes.

RTB is a grassroots organizing platform that seeks to raise the public awareness and empower all San Diegans to engage in the planning process of our county… (more)

Tenant representation and spy technology

April 15, 2019

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Supes committee to vote on Breed’s Rent Board appointee — and on a measure to control surveillance in San Francisco (which the cops are trying to derail). That’s The Agenda for April 16-21

The Board of Supes Rules Committee will consider Monday/15 two items with both immediate and long-term policy and political significance – Mayor Breed’s latest appointment to the Rent Board and a law that would limit city departments from spying on San Franciscans… (more)

Fighting SB 50

April 14, 2019

Update on Next Step:

Easy Way to Contact State Legislators
State Governance and Finance Committee Hearing
Send comments by April 17th:
Option #1: Fast and Easy
The quickest way to reach the Senators on the Governance and Finance Committee by the April 17th deadline is to add your name to this mailing:
Option #2: Resend the email you’ve already written or a new email
If you have already written an email to Commissioners, Supervisors, Mayor, State Legislators or want to write one, please resend by April 17 to:
If it passes the State Senate committees and floor vote, then it goes to the Assembly.  You can let our San Francisco assemblymembers know what you think.
Assemblymember Phil Ting (415) 557-2312
Assemblymember David Chiu (415) 557-3013

Phone calls are appreciated prior to April 17:

CALL or Email the SENATE Governance & Finance Committee (SB 50 vote is on April 24.)

​Mike McGuire, Chair   (916) 651-4002 

John Moorlach, VC      (916) 651-4037 

Jim Beall                      (916) 651-4015  

Robert Hertzberg        (916) 651-4018 

Melissa Hurtado         (916) 651-4014 

Jim Nielsen                  (916) 651-4004 

Scott Wiener               (916) 651-4011 

Please share this message: We need 2000 emails sent to overcome the Yimby efforts. (at the last hearing, they had 1198 individuals Supporting and we had 5 Opposing – likely an issue of that committee not counting our input). The staff of this committee has committed to counting these and including them in their report.


Mission Accomplished? Scoring Newsom’s Trip To El Salvador

April 14, 2019

By Elizabeth Aguilera and Ben Christopher, CALmatters :capradio- excerpt (includes audio track)

SAN SALVADOR—Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife joke that they’ll return to El Salvador not on any state fact-finding mission, but instead to check out the legendary surfing.

The governor and Salvadoran President-elect Nayib Bukele share a keen appreciation for a venerable California tradition: the money-making potential of surf culture. Salvadoran officials and entrepreneurs hope to promote their country’s beaches as a way to foster tourism, and in turn diminish El Salvador’s reputation for poverty and gang violence. Newsom offers that branding and marketing experts in California’s tourism office may be able to help them with that…

Newsom said California will be spending  $75 million for legal services and other aid to undocumented residents, including mental health services for adolescent migrants; exploring whether the University of California system can build partnerships in El Salvador as it does in Mexico; and influencing tech, hospitality, industrial and yes, surf entrepreneurs to invest in the country.

Stabilizing El Salvador, he said, actually saves California money down the road…

To try to remedy the poverty that fuels migration, Newsom joined Bukele and U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes in discussions about fostering economic development in the country, including surf tourism and helping coastal developers create an environmentally friendly zone by providing guidance on road construction, water clean up and zoning regulations(more)

The media is not doing a good job of following up it’s own stories. This report was not easy to find. One hopes there will be some wider coverage soon.

Jerome Corsi: Julian Assange Has Information That Could “Destroy The Russian Hoax”

April 13, 2019

via Jerome Corsi: Julian Assange Has Information That Could “Destroy The Russian Hoax”

Here’s the Law That Requires Steven Mnuchin to Turn Over Trump’s Taxes, or Lose His Office and Go to Prison

April 11, 2019

By David Cay Johnston : thedailybeast – excerpt

The law is clear, and it leaves no wiggle room. The consequences for breaking it include removal from public office and up to five years in prison.

Donald Trump and his top White House aide declare that the administration will not give the president’s tax returns to Congress, as required under a 1924 anti-corruption law. But both the Treasury secretary and the tax commissioner have been much more nuanced, saying that they will obey the law even as they delay actually doing so.

I know why Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Charles Rettig, the IRS commissioner, are so cautious. They don’t want to be removed from office and sent to prison for five years just for doing Trump’s bidding.

The reason will no doubt surprise those who think Trump can thumb his nose at the law governing congressional access to anyone’s tax returns, including his. It will for sure shock Trump, who claims that “the law is 100 percent on my side.”… (more)


Congress Move to Grab Trump Tax Records

by Jonathan Turley : jonathanturley – excerpt

As expected, the House Democrats demanded the last six years of President Donald Trump‘s tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service. In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., demanded both personal and business tax information from 2013-2018, including individual and corporate tax returns. Trump has failed to supply his tax records in a departure from decades of tradition. He is wrong to do so. However, the oversight value of these taxes seem sketchy at best…

Neal is relying on authority under the tax code granted only to the tax-writing committees in Congress that gives the chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee the power to request tax information on any filer.

I would certainly support a mandatory requirement for the release of tax records for anyone running for president…

It is hard not to see the politics in this demand however. That could set up a fight in the courts. I tend to favor Congress in such fights and I expect the Committee would prevail. However, a court fight could take time with the 2020 campaigns already unfolding… (more)

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS ADVISORY: Rent Gouging Prohibited By CA State of Emergency

April 11, 2019

Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency on March 22 due to the high risk of wildfires. This state of emergency appears to trigger California Penal Code section 396, which prohibits price gouging (defined as increases over 10%) for necessary goods and services after the governor declares a state of emergency. For tenants in CA facing high rent increases, this would mean any increase of rent above 10% is prohibited.

Housing – defined in the law as “any rental housing with an initial lease term of no longer than one year” is specifically enumerated as one of the services for which the price cannot be raised over 10%. There is a narrow exception for price increases over 10% if the landlord proves the increase is directly related to cost increases.

Tenants who face rent increases over 10% in areas where the state of emergency has been declared should seek help immediately. Resources include local legal aid offices and local district attorneys. Price gouging tenants is not just a civil violation, but a criminal misdemeanor under the law.

NOTE: Due to the lack of precedent in enforcing the rent-gouging protections under California Penal Code 396, please read through all the available information and speak to a legal professional for any legal advice.

If you are:

  • A tenant in California and you have received a rent increase of above 10% between March 22, 2019 – April 22, 2019
  • A tenant in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara, Siskiyou, Sonoma, and Ventura Counties who has received a rent increase of over 10% after February 8, 2019, but before May 31, 2019
  • A tenant in the City of Chico and received a rent increase over 10% after November 8th, 2018 but before May 8, 2019

You can:

  1. Read our fact sheet about rent gouging during State of Emergencies here, and the FAQ on price gouging on the California Attorney General’s website, here.
  2. Use our sample letter (click here) to object to the increase and inform your landlord of this prohibition. If other tenants in the building received similar rent increases, get together and send a joint letter from all the impacted tenants.
  3. If the landlord refuses to withdraw the increase, contact your local District Attorney. You can find out who is the District Attorney for your area by going to the ACLU’s “Meet Your DA” page,, and entering your zip code.
  4. File a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by going to the Attorney General’s website or by calling (800) 952-5225.

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