“These great teeming ecosystems — these cathedrals of nature — are the lungs of our planet,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain in describing the pact at COP26. “Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah,” said Greta Thunberg in a retort that Read More »
Thao Assembles Broad Support
One week ago, Oakland’s November 2022 mayor’s race seemed wide open. Moderate Councilmember Loren Taylor had announced his candidacy. Many assumed that either Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan or Nikki Fortunato Bas would be the progressive choice.
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Change in Governance Puts Tenants at Risk
San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection (DBI) is the national leader in protecting living conditions for low-income tenants. DBI’s housing code enforcement procedures are a model for cities across the land. Credit goes Read More »
In response to protesters briefly shutting down Dodger Stadium in January while it was serving as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site, Gov. Gavin Newson signed into law Senate Bill 742 that makes it a misdemeanor in California for protesters outside Read More »
Labor Combines Old and New to Defeat Newsom Recall
When the votes are counted tonight it will confirm that California’s labor movement led a remarkable grassroots campaign to defeat the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom Faced with early polls showing Read More »
Three Strategies Moving Forward
California’s move last week toward ending exclusionary single-family zoning raises the question: what should cities do next to increase housing? SB 9 allows duplexes, and SB 10 makes it easier for cities to upzone for up Read More »
This piece first appeared in Streetsblog USA
A new governor — any new governor — could really muck up things that are already mucked up.
The current narrative about the recall election in California goes something like this: It’s likely, Read More »
CA Progressives Split Over SB9 and SB10
As Californians focus on the Newsom recall, COVID, and wildfires, the state’s worst in the nation housing crisis persists. Yet one of the two big remaining bills to boost housing production—SB9 — faces Read More »