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SB-50’s Defeat is only the Beginning

SB-50’s Defeat is only the Beginning

  By Richard Eber As a conservative journalist in the Bay Area, it is easy to place me on the political endangered species list.  It has been years since any candidate or issue I actively supported, ever experienced victory. An exception to my losing record came last week was the defeat of  Senator Scott Weiner […]

California’s transit density bill is back. What would it do to Los Angeles?

California’s transit density bill is back. What would it do to Los Angeles?

By Jenna Chandler @jennakchandler Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) and advocates for a denser California are resurrecting contentious legislation designed to force cities to allow more small multi-family housing to be built near transit. Senate Bill 50, which was introduced one year ago, would waive or relax local minimum parking requirements and density restrictions for developers looking to build housing near train […]

New Suburbanism – A Smart Alternative to “Smart Growth”

New Suburbanism – A Smart Alternative to “Smart Growth”

    By Edward Ring Solutions to California’s housing shortage invariably focus on increasing the density of preexisting cities and suburbs. Legislative solutions include SB 375, passed in 2008, which “incentivizes” cities and counties to approve high density land developments, and the failed (this time) SB 50, which would have forced cities and counties to approve high density […]

The Political Battle Over California’s Suburban Dream

The Political Battle Over California’s Suburban Dream

By LAURA BLISS In a hearing room in California’s capitol on Tuesday, State Senator Scott Wiener described a widespread housing crisis in stark terms. California is short about 3.5 million homes, he said, citing a McKinsey report that projected housing demand by 2025. Buying a home at the Golden State’s median price—over half a million […]

Eber | California’s “Cats Cradle” is upon us

Eber | California’s “Cats Cradle” is upon us

  By Richard Eber, California Political News and Views  “In this world, you get what you pay for.” So said Kurt Vonnegut in his epic tale Cat’s Cradle. This novel chronicles global destruction caused by the stupidity of man. A similar scenario seems to be unfolding in California with the social engineering plans of the legislature to create their own […]