Dan
I co-founded Neighborland with Candy Chang and Tee Parham. Our mission is to help people shape the development of their neighborhoods. 
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Portland for Everyone could be a good model for building a coalition- www.oregonlive.com/front-porch...

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'Portland for Everyone' housing coalition emerging, modeled after Seattle

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.

www.oregonlive.com/front-porch...

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Posted May 27, 2016
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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 [1], 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

[1] 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.

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Posted May 26, 2016
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Hey Steve, here's all of the transportation related ideas that have been posted in SF - neighborland.com/cities/sf/tra...

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Posted May 24, 2016
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More on Governor Brown's proposal to spur housing construction:

www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/ed...

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Governor’s proposal to spur housing construction is worth a try

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...

www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/ed...

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Posted May 20, 2016
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