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October 8, 2020

OPR Director Kate Gordon on State’s Policy Challenge: Integrating Climate, Growth, Sustainability, Resilience & Equity to Fashion a New & Better Normal

OPR Director & SGC Chair Kate Gordon emphasizes the accountability included in SGC's recently adopted Racial Equity Resolution and the continuing need for robust stakeholder engagement in planning to avoid one-size-fits-none solutions.

October 5, 2020

Related’s Bill Witte: Regional–Rather than State–Housing Markets Ought to Be Policymakers’ Focus

Pointing to the regional metropolitan nature of housing markets, Bill Witte weighs the strategic merits of statewide efforts to compel housing density and reminds readers of CEQA's role in slowing production and inflating housing costs.

October 5, 2020

Alex Padilla, CA Secretary of State, Assures Election Safety & Integrity

California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, who reminds readers of the protections enshrined in California’s Voter Bill of Rights and highlights the measures taken—and resources allocated—by the state and counties to protect the integrity of the upcoming November election.

October 1, 2020

Sam Lubell: 6 Ways the Trump Presidency Has Impacted the Building Industry

TPR excerpts here with permission, Sam Lubell on the current federal administration's impacts on the building industry and its far-reaching implications for urbanism, environmentalism, and construction.

October 1, 2020

Embarcadero Institute Responds to Housing Formula Report Critiques

Last week TPR shared a new report from Embarcadero Institute disputing the accuracy of the state's methodology for calculating local housing needs. With the state moving to hold local governments accountable for meeting housing production goals and the report finding a 900,000 unit discrepancy, offered here is Embarcadero Institute's response to criticism received regarding the report's conclusions.

October 1, 2020

Alfred Fraijo on Accomplishing Affordability with ‘Housing Plus, Plus, Plus’

Alfred Fraijo Jr., partner at Sheppard Mullin, shares his frustration with what he sees is state inaction on housing and LA's legacy of piecemeal planning and outdated zoning.

September 23, 2020

Silicon Valley’s Urbanist Future: A City Age Digital Roundtable on Housing & Design

Panelists discuss the status of urbanism, housing, infrastructure, and design in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area and comment on the appropriate role for the state legislature in addressing the region’s housing challenges and point to the public sector’s rapid digital transition during COVID as an example of the possible pace of innovation to come.

September 23, 2020

New SPUR/CA Fwd Report Finds State Tax System Discourages Affordable Housing Production

Pointing to the housing disincentives built into California’s tax system by Proposition 13 and the deterioration of state funding for supportive infrastructure and services, the study finds that cities that receive a larger share of the property tax they generate contributed a larger share of the housing supply in the Bay Area over a four-year period.

September 23, 2020

CA’s Housing Needs Assessment Used Incorrect Data & Masks California's Failure to Build Affordable Housing

The latest research from Embarcadero Institute finds that California’s most recent housing needs assessment was calculated using incorrect vacancy rates and double counting resulting in inflated numbers that obscure the state’s true need: funding for affordable housing.

September 7, 2020

Tempus Opportunitatis:  Has The Moment Arrived To End Political Interference in LA City’s Land Use Decisions?

Ed(ifice) Locus— a pseudonymous nod to legendary urban planner, Ed Logue, and rooted in the Latin word for 'place'—asserts that decoupling campaign finance from land use planning is a necessary safeguard against the pay-to-play schemes that plague the city's entitlement process.

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