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Democratic Leaders Fail California

Posted May 20, 2019 by

Atkins Shelving of SB50 Reflects Pattern of Housing Inaction Last week’s shelving of SB50, the More HOMES Act, reminds us why California has the nation’s worst homelessness and housing affordability crisis. And that the housing emergency has intensified while  California
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Are Cities’ Housing Policies Making a Difference?

Posted May 14, 2019 by

Many Cities Advance Inadequate “Middle Ground” Strategies As the urban affordability crisis increases homelessness and prices out the working and middle-class, cities are responding in various ways. But to paraphrase the Los Angeles Times (“L.A. Spent $619 million on homelessness
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18th S.F. DocFest Preview

Posted May 14, 2019 by

Are there Beyond Chron readers who remember The Church of the Subgenius, Second and Third Wave ska, Candida Royalle, or even the early days of MTV?  For those readers whose memories are a bit hazy, this year’s edition of the
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Why Seniors Need SB50

Posted May 7, 2019 by

Aging Boomers Want Fourplexes in Their Neighborhoods I spoke about California’s housing emergency at UC Irvine last week and came away with an unexpected insight: while measures to increase housing density like California’s SB50 are identified with millennials, senior homeowners
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The Other Bay Area Housing Crisis

Posted May 7, 2019 by

Fremont, Newark, Union City Struggle With Affordability When we talk about the “Bay Area housing crisis,” Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and other cities come to mind. Rising unaffordability in the East Bay cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City gets
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San Francisco Food Fight

Posted May 7, 2019 by

Why can’t we serve delicious, organic, scratch-prepared meals to our public school students? What happened to the “cafeteria ladies” we remember, and that delicious aroma of the bread they baked daily? Last week, the Board of Education likely asked themselves
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