Portland for Everyone could be a good model for building a coalition- www.oregonlive.com/front-porch...
An emerging coalition of housing activists is calling on Portland leaders to increase density in single-family residential neighborhoods, strengthen renter protections and put a general obligation bond on November's ballot that would fund affordable housing.
From Sam Altman: blog.samaltman.com/housing-in-...
Jerry Brown has proposed legislation that would allow a lot more housing to be built in the Bay Area, and hopefully significantly reduce the cost of housing here. More supply should lead to lower prices.
I believe that lowering the cost of housing is one of the most important things we can do to help people increase their quality of life and to reduce wealth inequality.
A huge part of the problem has been that building in the Bay Area is approved by discretion; even when developments comply with local zoning, they can still be vetoed or stalled by local planning commissions, lawsuits, or ballot measures.
This type of discretionary approval isn't common in most of the US, and Governor Brown's legislation helps align California with most states. His bill would make it so multi-family buildings are automatically approved by right as long as they comply with local zoning, and have 5-20% affordable units--the percentage depending on location and subsidy offered.
The bill is currently being debated in California's State Legislature as part of the upcoming annual budget, which will be voted on on June 15. If you'd like to help pass this bill, consider calling the members below, as well as the Governor, in support of the Budget Trailer Bill--it only takes a few minutes , and it will likely hinge on their support.
Assemblyman Phil Ting (SF): (916) 319-2019
Senator Mark Leno (SF): (916) 651-4011
Senator Kevin de León (Los Angeles): (916) 651-4024
Assemblyman Rendon (Los Angeles): (916) 319-2063
Governor Jerry Brown: (916) 445-2841
 Calling could actually make a difference -- when lawmakers are on the fence, legislative aides will tally how many pro-con calls they get for a bill. I've heard that some members have only received a few hundred 'con' calls so far, so there's real opportunity to make a powerful 'pro' impression.
Hey Steve, here's all of the transportation related ideas that have been posted in SF - neighborland.com/cities/sf/tra...
This summer, the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission are hosting public workshops in all nine Bay Area counties to gather input for their just-released scenarios on how to update Plan Bay Area.
We’re pleased to see that two of the scenarios call for smart growth, focusing 100% of the next generation of growth inside our urban growth boundaries (UGBs) and city limits. But brace yourself: One scenario would develop 565 square miles of natural and agricultural lands outside those UGBs—paving over an area 11 times the size of San Francisco.
With so many well-documented environmental, economic, and social equity benefits of focusing growth within existing cities and towns, it’s clear what choice our region needs to make: MTC and ABAG should adopt a preferred scenario that focuses all growth within our existing communities to make them more affordable, help them thrive, and protect our open spaces from sprawl.
Unfortunately, all three scenarios fall short on several critical issues, particularly affordability and mobility.
Greenbelt Alliance will be at every workshop and we urge you to join us and make your voice heard. Check the schedule of workshops for the one in your county. If you can’t attend, submit your comments online at planbayarea.org.
Learn more here: www.greenbelt.org/blog/voice-n...
More on Governor Brown's proposal to spur housing construction:
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed legislation to incite housing construction is a measure of the severity of California’s housing crisis. By suggesting that it’s time for the state government to curtail some of these rights, Brown is taking on a huge — and highly controversial fight. The Legislative Analyst’s Office suggests expanding the number of...