Over the weekend, the Examiner put out an update on Scott Wiener's S.B. 827, examining the potential effects of the evolving bill on the cityscape. Aside from the obvious increase in well-served density, maps show the Westside taking on its fair share. For those aware of the racist history behind low-density zoning in the area, this is a welcomed bonus of an already necessary bill. Read more here -
A state bill seeking to solve California’s housing crisis by encouraging denser, taller housing near transit could force a striking, historic rezoning of much of San Francisco. Senate Bill 827, …
Corey Smith penned this blog post about SFHAC's new partnership with data specialist Statecraft. This San Francisco-based project will not only function as a repository for raw housing data, but will also implement tools allowing site visitors to manipulate data about the San Francisco housing pipeline for a deeper dive.
Last week, Planetizen published a piece describing the positions different groups are taking in response to Senator Scott Wiener's 2018 housing package, specifically naming S.B. 827. In short, a letter from Sierra Club California opposed this bill, trotting out familiar NIMBY arguments. In response, a rail expert, Ethan Elkind, offered a point-by-point rebuttal outlining many of the arguments that unite many tech companies, who have had trouble hiring employees because of housing costs and corresponding commute issues. A contributor to Forbes noted that tech executives, YIMBYs, and environmentalists would actually all see positive impacts from S.B. 827, as would all citizens of California.
California State Senator Scott Wiener made a big splash this month by announcing a package of pro-development bills, and now interest groups are taking sides in a heated debate over housing and density.
Just as the talk of S.B. 35 was beginning to die down, Senator Scott Wiener introduced a slate of housing bills for the 2018 session, headlined by S.B. 827. Curbed SF discusses the legislation in this piece: sf.curbed.com/2018/1/16/168978....
While the bill is meant to incentivize density near transit to create affordability, this Bay City Beacon Op-Ed (www.thebaycitybeacon.com/polit...) argues it will also begin to undo the entrenched effects of racist zoning practices, such as redlining, which are still reflected in today's zoning. Yesterday, an op-ed in the Daily Californian (www.dailycal.org/2018/01/19/as...) charged city officials with ensuring students can find places to live. As discussion gains fervor, the SF Chronicle Editorial Board agrees that 2017 was not a fluke, but the beginning of a long housing discussion: www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/ed...
New bill would all but mandate mid-rise development at transit hubs.
Last week, Newsweek wrote a story (www.newsweek.com/rent-control-...) about the effect of rent control on gentrification, and called SFHAC for comment. Outlining the discussion across the country, Executive Director Todd David reiterated the fact that the overall solution to extremely high housing costs is increasing home creation at all levels of affordability. A complimentary report by the Cato Institute emphasizing the economics of rent control can be read here (www.cato.org/blog/rent-control...).
Rent control policies could actually be making income inequality worse in gentrifying cities such as San Francisco, a new paper from Stanford University researchers argues.
Yesterday, Senator Scott Wiener wrote a Medium piece (medium.com/@Scott_Wiener/my-tr...) addressing recent reactions to his newly unveiled Senate Bill 827. The goal of the proposed legislation is to promote more housing in transit-rich areas, such as BART stations. By creating mid-rise housing up to 45, 55, or 85 feet around reliable transportation, this bill is a massive leap forward toward housing solutions. The San Francisco Business Times expressed their agreement in this piece (www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancis...), and our friends at Grow The Richmond also further the conversation about how this bill fits their vision of San Francisco on Medium (medium.com/yes-in-my-blog-yes/...).
Our recent announcement of my bill (Senate Bill 827) allowing for more housing near public transportation has drawn a lot of attention…
Liam Dillon of the LA Times breaks down three of the biggest housing issues this year. After an incredibility successful 2017, how will the California legislature follow up on their progress?
Facing the problem of aging millennials seeking a lifestyle akin to that of their suburban parents, cities have begun to reemphasize the importance of the "missing middle." More specifically, there has been a shift toward creation of rowhouse-style duplexes, triplexes, and bungalows, much like those made popular a couple generations ago. The Washington Post has the full story here.
Duplexes, triplexes and smaller buildings can provide affordable alternatives to moving to suburbs, planners say.
Last week, Assemblymember David Chiu stated that passage of the GOP's proposed tax plan would be "absolutely devastating" for funding of affordable housing in California. The bill would incapacitate the 4% tax credit which finances a large portion of affordable housing projects, and has been dubbed one of the most important weapons to fight the affordable housing crisis. This comes on the heals of a report, which cites a shortage of affordable housing on the West Coast as a main driver in a nationwide increase of homelessness. Read more here, and take action!
San Jose stands to lose nearly 1,400 low-income homes, San Francisco and Oakland have thousands more at risk.
Our friends at the California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) are closely monitoring the GOP tax plan as it relates to subsidized affordable housing production in California.
TAKE ACTION: If you live or work in McCarthy's or Nunes' districts or know someone who does, please call via the Capitol Switchboard (202-224-3121) and email their lead tax staffers using the information below. If you don't have a connection to either, you can still affect the outcome if you have connections to any of the other majority-party Representatives by calling them via the Capitol Switchboard (202-224-3121) and emailing them with the following message:
Please ask Majority Leader McCarthy and Representative Nunes to do the following three things:
Support the Senate's preservation of tax-exempt multifamily Housing Bonds and the linked 4% Housing Credits, which are creating more than 20,000 affordable homes in California annually and are far and away the most important tools we have to address our affordable housing crisis and to create local construction jobs and revenue;
Remove the reduction in the cap on Housing Credit basis from 130% to 125% specified by the Senate because it won't help rural areas in California and will harm the rest of the state; and
Fix the base erosion and anti-abuse (BEAT) provision in the Senate Bill so that it does not damage the Housing Credit market by preventing major banks with foreign ownership such as Union Bank from investing.
Thank you for your advocacy.
San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
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Now that the U.S. Senate has approved its own tax reform bill replete with hastily scribbled hand-written notes, which you can read here, Congress has entered the final stage in which the Senate and House will attempt to reconcile differences between their two bills through a conference committee. While significant differences between the two...