Saturday, December 17, 2016

Wienervilles: Will SB 35 Resurrect RHNA?

Mod: This one comes to us from an outfit called San Francisco News - link. Just when you thought those endless attempts by the state to impose unwanted housing on communities that have chosen not to go for it were gone for good, they're back. 

Bill Proposed To Build More Homes - Newly elected California State Senator, Scott Wiener, introduced a bill that would legally require California cities to build more homes.

The former San Francisco Supervisor proposed Senate Bill 35 in Sacramento hours after being sworn into office on Monday, December 5.

“The housing crisis is not just about it being hard for people today to find housing — that is a huge problem, and the housing crisis fuels evictions, displacement and makes it hard for families to grow,” said Senator Wiener.

Senator Wiener’s proposal is partly modeled after Governor Jerry Brown’s bill that attempted to override the local governments control with an aggressive housing law earlier this year. That bill was shut down by the senate.

Senator Wiener wants California cities to remain in charge and in the driver seat during the potential housing transformation.

“I didn’t introduce SB 35 in a vacuum. Rather, I put it forward after decades of experience as a community activist and local elected official, during which I observed more and more people struggle with housing,” Senator Wiener said.

All California cities are expected to build new homes to meet the state’s housing goals produced by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment.

RHNA’s objective is to increase California’s housing supply and develop a mixture of housing types from tenure to low-income.

Many cities do not meet their target goals. Former Palo Alto Planning Commissioner Kate Downing said the RHNA lack so much as a built-in slap on the wrist for cities not meeting their housing quota.

The details of Wiener’s proposal is still under development, but the bill has two focal points.

SB 35 would create exemptions for 100 percent of the affordable housing developments around the state from some local development requirements.

Cities that don’t don’t meet their building goals, which are set through the state, would be punished. Wiener said it’s not fair that some communities hold the burden of housing expansion and others refuse affordable or even market rate units.

“Under my legislation, if a community is not on track to meet its RHNA goals, a state-mandated streamlined housing approval process will kick in. Streamlined projects will be required to pay workers prevailing wage,” Senator Wiener stated.

Under current RHNA regulations, San Francisco is expected to build 3,608 new homes a year. As of October 2016, the city had over 11,000 homes expected to be completed by 2020.

Other cities in the Bay Area are expected to build 160,000 homes during the same time period.

“Housing is no longer a city-by-city, siloed issue. It is a statewide need and the state has a role to play,” said Wiener. “We want to maintain local control — communities should have a strong voice in their own future — but there have to be boundaries, and it’s not acceptable for cities or towns to simply opt out of creating housing.”

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40 comments:

  1. The Democratic Party is so thoughtful in the planning for mandated housing for each city throughout California. Since California is completly run by the Democratic Party, this bill should have no trouble passing. Anything else put fourth for the "good" of each citizen, by the way of taxing, mandated fines and penalties should be soundly supported. This State is completly run by the Democratic Party. Can't lay blame anywhere else or whine if anything doesn't appear "fair".
    No I am not a Democrat or Republican.
    The future of California and its growth will be interesting to observe, how a one party State functions.

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    1. The Republicans have become so ineffective in California that it is more likely that the Democrats will split into two factions, moderate and liberal. Because the GOP has become such an extremist rightwing outfit nationally it is no longer viable here. Moderate democrats are now beginning to fill that gap.

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    2. The GOP couldn't even get a candidate for US Senator on the ballot this year. Think about that.

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    3. Don't blame the GOP. Blame massive immigration and a 1 party state. It will be interesting to see how the environmentalists react to overdevelopment, traffic and pollution from all this push for building. Maybe if we're lucky we can reach the same air quality as Beijing.

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    4. And don't forget to blame the public employee unions that have the democrats in their pocket. You have to pay the excessive salaries and benefits and retiring at the ripe old age of 50 from somewhere.

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    5. 8:12 - California will always be a two party states. People do disagree and one party would never be enough to hold all opinions. However, the GOP will not be one of those parties.

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  2. If you live in Calif. you now live in a socialist, communist state.

    You are mandated to eat, drink, and think the party way.

    The indiviual no longer exists. This is a very bad thing.

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    1. Where you from, Goober?

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    2. So you're saying the 6th largest economy in the world is socialist?

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    3. Yes. More than half the people are getting some kind of govetnment aid. And the number is growing by design.

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    4. What is a "socialist, communist state" anyway? And what are we mandated to eat and drink? If it's sushi and chardonnay, where can I sign up for my mandated allotment?

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    5. Maybe Goober is from Idaho and is showing the effect of too many hand out government potatoes.

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  3. The big push for housing is in the cities. The plan is to get everyone living, shopping, walking, biking. Getting the cars off the road, to cut the pollution and keeping the commerce from expanding outside the "planned" community.
    This has been conceived and moving forward for years. Developers get a kick back for building"affordable " units or unit. Usually just one is made affordable to low income. You know the price of rentals.
    City Planners and Politicians "feel" they know best in the development of the future.
    I have always equated that type of planning as the building of a better mouse trap or maze and "we"are are the baby rats living in that planned experiment.
    A dark outlook for this article, but this State is forcing policies on all, for whose profit?

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    1. Yes. Housing as social conditioning. All justified by getting internal combustion automobiles off the road. However, in a relatively few years most cars will be electric and therefore clean energy, so this is a solution that is already well on its way to obsolescence.

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  4. Is Scott Wiener any relation to Anthony?

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    1. Too many Weiners for my bun.

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  5. Hey everyone, buy stocks in GE.
    Electricity... the way of the future!
    I missed a day in the week when my server, phone and television went dark. My lights did stay on! Good thing the electrical grid can support us into the future.

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    1. Edison rates go up again in January. Second times in 6 months.

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  6. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Mod.

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  7. Ain't gonna live in no Wienerville, baby.

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  8. Has California become America's Taiwan ? Our Governor and Legislature have been very vocal about our resolve not to go along w/ the coming schnitstorm aka as the Trump administration. We are very capable of completely taking care of ourselves and we are willing to do just that. The fact that our economy and resources would make us the 6th largest in the world if we were an independent nation put us right there with the Taiwanese and their muddy entanglement with mainland China. Over the last several years there's been lots of fanciful talk about Washington and Oregon joining us to create a new country known as Pacifica, but I seriously doubt that will happen, but I really believe that we are at the point " States Rights " will be a feature of our future.

    We shall see.....

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  9. My girlfriend works about 30 miles away, in downtown Los Angeles . We don't have a car so she takes a bus and a subway to work. The commute is about ninety minutes one way . With a car it would take longer because of traffic.

    The good thing about the City of Angels is there are a paucity of Republicans. To paraphrase Pauline Kael I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Trump. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in the sauna at the gym I can feel them

    We Californians feel we don't get a lot of love from middle America. We are told our votes are superfluous and that Secretary Clinton's approximately three million vote popular majority win is of no moment because her surplus votes comes from us. The United States needs California more than California needs the United States. We are the sixth largest economy in the world . Our economy is twice as large as that of Trump's pal, Russia. We supply the rest of America with culture, technology, and food. Over one billion dollars worth of goods pass through the Port of Los Angeles every day.

    Now here is the big thing. Los Angeles is a majority/minority city and we all get along. Do we hold hands and sing Kumbaya? No. But we all get along.

    None of my friends thought Trump could win... In the weekend before the election about five of us were discussing the election in the sauna at the gym. One of the guys was a black guy from South L A who became a counselor at the juvenile detention center in Sylmar. Most of the kids he worked with were gang bangers, many of whom were Bloods and Crips. We talk a lot about his success and failures with those kids. We talk about the balance between collective responsibility and individual responsibility. There are a lot of societal reasons that push kids into gangs but however they got there the gang life usually ends poorly. I digress... There was one other white guy beside myself, and two Asian guys.The theme of our discussion was we are so different but we get along, why are the Trump supporters so afraid of diversity.

    Treat people with respect and most of them will treat you with respect. Don't fear people because they are different. Fear leads to hatred.

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    1. Inspired words. Thank you.

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    2. There you go, lumping all Trump supporters into the basket. Trump supporters are not afraid of diversity, in fact the other way around. For Democrats if you don't believe as they do, your ideas are discounted. I believe since the vote to eliminate the two party system in California, there will never be a voice for the Republicans. For any of you who point out there was not a Republican on the ballot for senator, this is a prime example of the idiots who put the two top winners on the ballot measure.

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    3. So people in California can't vote for Republicans because the Democrats won't let them? You sure you're not crazy? Have you asked anyone?

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    4. 2:07 - the republicans have a rather loud voice- it's preaching hate. And falling on deaf ears in this culturally diverse state. Seriously

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  10. I'm perpetually amused by conservatives like 7:33, who laud the individual over the group yet hate the diversity that results individuality. Conservative always call for individuals to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, yet worship at the alter of inherited, trust fund baby wealth.

    Let's look at some recent, high level examples:

    H. Clinton - self made
    D. Trump - inherited great wealth
    B. Obama - self made
    J. Biden - self made
    M. Romney - inherited great wealth
    J. McCain - scion of military elite/wife inherited great wealth
    J W Bush - inherited great wealth
    J HW Bush - inherited great wealth
    B. Clinton - self made

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    1. Lest conservatives call into question my omission of M Pence, I acknowledge that he is indeed self made.

      But before conservatives hoist him up as a triumph of individualism, they may wish to consider that he is the owner of a tax payer financed public pension valued at up to $1 million. Bet that stings!

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  11. And yet the whinny and grandiosity comes from the mostly non conservative population. Lets spend everyone else's money and then complain about how unfair life is.
    My dad never stuck around when my mom was pregnant; he said that way "we" could receive State aid. My family is my gang, the'll come and visit if I get locked up. When I worked in Social Services, the mom's all said I get paid more to stay home and bake cookies, than you do, taking care of my kids!
    Depending on the work schedule; I can drive downtown in less than a half an hour.
    Yea, if California wants to be "Pacifica", tax all imports and exports leaving the State line; 35% is a good number!

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    1. Blow hard much?

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    2. 1:47 can't see the irony: he hates people who receive social services but gladly accepted public funds to grudgingly provide the services he hates providing.

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    3. Trump guy, you sure are one crazy racist.

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    4. It's strange that the only defense of Trump his supporters have is to attack others they imagine to be worse. Doesn't the man have any positive qualities they can discuss?

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  12. 2:39 pm. You must be a parent. You blame all poor decisions on your children, and refuse to take any responcibilty for "your" actions. Cool. Are you the one who doesn't realize his /her kids steal from their wallet/purse? Great parenting skills your passing along. The irony is that just like "illegal"status for children, the kids are not in charge and making decisions to be on State Aid. Adults that lack morals and maturity are the weak link. You wanna be a daddy; man up. You wanna make a change in which ever Country you hold citizenship, get involved.
    But stop the poor me attitude, its beyond getting old. Get off that pedestal you've created in your mind; thinking your all that, you ain't. Nothing exclusive to you except "you" can afford sauna time with your bro's...when the last time you guys all had the "family" over to the house? Get real, your not that special or unique. Get out in the "real" world. Try opening your mind.

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    1. 5:48 - what does any of this have to do with 2:39's post? Just curious. I see absolutely no connection whatsoever.

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    2. 2:39 here. I am also 12:08 and 1:31, but I'm not 11:02, who 5:48 must have had in mind.

      If 5:48 thought I am 11:02, I must say that I generally avoid saunas, except maybe after a day of bombing down Cornice Bowl with my child, who doesn't lie or steal and who has known since pre-school the importance of education and personal responsibility.

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    3. You bombed the Cornice Bowl?

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    4. What is the Cornice Bowl? Does it have something to do with Rice Krispies?

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  13. Maybe Iam not clear in what 2:39 pm was trying to say. It sounded like the Irony was providing services. I support those that need and not take advantage of services. As a child, I was not in charge. My mom required short term assistance due to my biological father not choosing to be a dad.
    The system will suck you in and create a "slave" mentality that will kill your dreams.
    You can't move forward to better yourself or payments are cut. Your reminded how much is being given to you ( check the dates for experations), not by words but actions and stares. Your told your on a level playing field.
    I didnt want to remain stuck. I now assist others navigate through the screwy system that trys to keep you down.
    I have no difficulty saying hand up, not hand out. Hope the connection is clearer. Angry when the "feeling" helpful appear to be condescending.

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