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Huge Increases in Oxnard Development Fees Approved; Drones Watching You

Huge Increases in Oxnard Development Fees Approved; Drones Watching You

By George Miller At the Tuesday, May 19, 2020 meeting, the Oxnard City Council voted huge increases in development fees, nearly doubling, with increases up to 2687%. New fee structure in total will add $28,000-$36,000 to the cost of a new home. Some fees hadn’t been increased since the 1970’s to 1990’s. However, the Council […]

Camarillo | Resident Survey on priorities for affordable housing, public improvements, and community services

Camarillo |  Resident Survey on priorities for affordable housing, public improvements, and community services

What are your priorities on affordable housing, public improvements, and community services? The City of Camarillo and County of Ventura are seeking resident feedback for its FY 2020-2024 Regional Consolidated Plan, via a resident survey, available online through October 7, 2019. To access the survey, in English or Spanish, visit the City’s website: https://www.cityofcamarillo.org/departments/community_development/housing_cdbg/ The Regional […]

Residents invited to share their vision for Thousand Oaks growth

Residents invited to share their vision for Thousand Oaks growth

By Michael Hernandez THOUSAND OAKS—Community residents will be able to share their vision of how they believe Thousand Oaks should grow in upcoming community workshops focused on the first new General Plan in over 50 years. A community workshop has been planned for Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Robles Greens Golf Course Sunset […]

Treasurer Fiona Ma Invites Public to Weigh-in on California’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Treasurer Fiona Ma Invites Public to Weigh-in on  California’s Affordable Housing Crisis

SACRAMENTO – Fresh off being sworn into office yesterday, new California Treasurer Fiona Ma announced today that she intends to kick off a statewide listening tour beginning January 17th to gather ideas and feedback from the public about how her office can help increase the supply of affordable housing statewide. The listening tour will visit […]

State of California Wants to Grab Local Communities’ Land

State of California Wants to Grab Local Communities’ Land

  By Richard Colman Legislation introduced in the California State Senate seeks to grab land from local communities.  Senate Bill 50, sponsored by California State Senate Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will, if enacted, boost housing construction near mass transit lines.  Senate Bill 50 will give the State of California the power to order construction of […]

Eber: Grass roots opposition to SB 828 and AB 2923

Eber: Grass roots opposition to SB 828 and AB 2923

  By Richard Eber, California Political News and Views  Opposition within the legislature has been minimal in passing various bills intended to streamline the permit process to build so called affordable housing. However, not all the natives are pleased. Battle lines are being drawn in suburbia to fight “Big Brother” in Sacramento when they will […]

Commentary | Got Income Inequality? Least Affordable Cities are Also the Bluest

Commentary |  Got Income Inequality? Least Affordable Cities are Also the Bluest

By Jared Whitley | Political and cultural observer Inequality is a hot buzzword among the left these days, with those trying to find a dark lining in the silver cloud of Trump’s economic record pointing out that just because someare doing well doesn’t mean all are. Luckily, “progressives” have the answer: all we need to do is trust […]

Taxes and Housing Prices

Taxes and Housing Prices

  By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views   Anecdotal evidence coming from Silicon Valley goes like this:  A family earning $300,000 a year may not be able to obtain a loan for a house. Silicon Valley, which is about 40 miles south of San Francisco, is the home of many high-technology companies such as […]

Poor Californians Rally to Defeat Democrat Bill to Expand Affordable Housing

Poor Californians Rally to Defeat Democrat Bill to Expand Affordable Housing

An attempt by California Democrats to increase affordable housing by ending zoning restrictions near urban transit stations was dropped last month due to a revolt by the urban poor whom the bill was ostensibly intended to benefit. San Francisco’s State Senator Scott Wiener had built a big coalition of Yes In My Backyard (“YIMBY”) advocates […]

We Need Community Support! Many Mansions Veterans Home Development

We Need Community Support! Many Mansions Veterans Home Development

  The City Council will be considering a joint proposal by Many Mansions and the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura to develop up to 200 affordable apartments for veterans on a 9.68-acre city owned site in east Ventura (Telephone and Wells). Our proposal is to develop a community including 200 homes: –54 […]

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