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shares his frustration with what he sees is state inaction on housing and LA's legacy of piecemeal planning and outdated zoning.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

September 7, 2020

Is There A Remedy For Keeping Bees Away from Honey? Corruption Cases Expose Flaws in LA City’s Land Entitlement Process

Instead of a process that demands case-by-case exceptions to outdated zoning codes or superficial knee-jerk reforms, the Rick Cole, Gail Goldberg, and Bud Ovrum advocate for a comprehensive package of policies to reform land use planning in Los Angeles.

August 31, 2020

Citing Fiscal Emergency, Mayor Garcetti Orders Furloughs For LA City Employees 

Citing the City of LA's dire fiscal circumstances, the absence of certainty regarding future expenditures to combat COVID-19, and with no guarantee of federal or state reimbursement, Mayor Garcetti quietly declared a state of fiscal emergency for the City of Los Angeles on Friday imposing 18 furlough days on city employees. TPR shares the Mayor's order here,

August 28, 2020

Council President Nury Martinez on Addressing the Cloud of Corruption over LA City Hall

President Martinez shares her commitment both to keeping Angelenos housed during the COVID public health and economic crises and to opposing one-size-fits all housing solutions currently under consideration by the California Assembly.

August 28, 2020

California Strategic Growth Council Passes Racial Equity Resolution

The California Strategic Growth Council voted unanimously to adopt a landmark resolution committing their agencies to taking action to advance racial equity.

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