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Could granny flats help ease the state’s housing crisis? Some advocates think so

Could granny flats help ease the state’s housing crisis? Some advocates think so

By ANDREW KHOURI Several years ago, Patsy Spitta of Altadena wanted to help her daughter afford a home — something out of reach for many teachers like her daughter. She would build a backyard house and live there, allowing her daughter and grandson to leave their $2,500-a-month apartment and move into the two-bedroom house Spitta purchased […]

Thousand Oaks Council: Fights water rate Increase; Adopts “Granny Flat” rules; Accepts T.O. Blvd report

Thousand Oaks Council: Fights water rate Increase; Adopts “Granny Flat” rules; Accepts T.O. Blvd report

By Kevin B. Harris On Tuesday night, January 24, 2017, the Thousand Oaks City Council met for nearly five hours to discuss and vote on city business. Though business got done during the meeting, some of it dragged on, for perhaps needlessly, agonizingly lengthy debate. Major topics covered were: disputing a 32% Cal-Am water rate […]

Ventura–City staff digs in its heels on granny flats

Ventura–City staff digs in its heels on granny flats

. By Camille Harris The Granny Flat program proposes to create “Have Nots” while further enriching the “Haves.” To wit, after receiving factually based legal opinions from highly esteemed national law firms, and understanding they are putting Ventura’s coffers at risk, Ventura’s city staff  will still recommend continuing two aberrations of the second unit program […]

Ventura “Granny Flat” Conflict Continues to Citizens’ Appeal

Ventura “Granny Flat” Conflict Continues to Citizens’ Appeal

By Camille Harris Editor’s note: The City of Ventura has attempted to crack down on non-compliant “second units” (rentals and “granny flats”). A compromise was offered and implemented, but many of those affected would/are suffering large financial burdens and/or are tied up in bureaucratic red tape. The attached letter  (AttachmentG.IJ.Letter ) from the Institute for Justice best […]