Dense Housing, Streets for People, Bike Lanes
Last week, Berkeley upzoned affluent neighborhoods for apartments and backed bike lanes on a major thoroughfare. The city could also soon approve what would be one of the world’s boldest urbanist strategies: the Read More »
Council Must Send Berkeley on New Path
The Berkeley City Council can make history on January 18. The Council can upzone affluent neighborhoods not just for affordable housing—which San Jose and other cities have done—but also for market rate apartments. Read More »
New Mayor Must Aggressively Push Changes
“It should not take 14 years just to break ground on an affordable housing project in a city where there are 40,000 people sleeping on the street every night.”—LA Mayor Karen Bass, January 7 Read More »
Mayor Sheng Tao and a Progressive Council Majority
Victories by Mayor-elect Sheng Thao and council allies could change the course of Oakland history. Oakland enters 2023 with the most progressive mayor/city council combination in its history. Will the city become Read More »
Voters Misdirect Anger over Homelessness
Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America urges cities to increase housing production and tenant protections, end exclusionary zoning, and change housing approval policies and election schedules that empower boomer Read More »
Two thousand mental health clinicians have won; Kaiser Permanente has lost. The 10- week strike has ended in near total victory for the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). The therapists, walked out on August 15; it became the longest Read More »
Which Way Will the East Bay Go?
Berkeley and Oakland are at a crossroads. But for different reasons.
Berkeley’s council majority has moved the city in a progressive, urbanist direction. The November election either solidifies this shift or sends Berkeley Read More »
Assessing Key LA-Area and San Francisco Races
Does the California legislature’s passing major housing bills signal success for pro-housing candidates and ballot measures in November? Now that ballots are arriving here’s our take on key Los Angeles-area and San Francisco Read More »