Monday, September 4, 2017

A Big Defeat for Local Housing Planning Control

Mod: Is Wiener Housing on the way? This is some really bad news for local control over planning.

California Senate passes package of bills aiming to address housing crisis (Los Angeles Times link): California state senators passed a package of housing legislation Thursday, a bid to spend more on low-income housing as well as make it easier for developers to build.

The two marquee measures — Senate Bill 35 from Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Senate Bill 3 from Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) — would force cities that have fallen behind on their state housing production goals to reduce some of the hoops they put in place to approve developments and would authorize a $3-billion bond to spend on low-income housing on the 2018 statewide ballot.

“What the bill does do is create actual accountability,” Wiener said of SB 35. “Because local control is about how you meet your housing goals, not whether you meet your housing goals.”

Beall’s measure would increase state funding for building and preserving low-income multifamily developments, farmworker housing and low-income projects near transit.

“It is the beginning of a solution for our problem,” Beall said.

Both bills received an unusual coalition of support. Some Democratic senators voted no on Wiener’s measure while some GOP lawmakers supported it. Beall’s measure needed two-thirds supermajority support and multiple Republicans voted yes.

Mod: Of course "multiple Republicans voted yes." They are owned by the development and Realty lobbies. Not a dime's worth of difference, as they say.

Homes evacuated in Los Angeles's 'largest fire in history' (Sky News link): Hundreds of people have fled their homes in Los Angeles to escape a fire described as the biggest in the city's history. The blaze started on Friday and spread rapidly on Saturday, forcing the closure of a major road and the evacuation of about 730 homes in northwest Los Angeles and nearby Burbank and Glendale.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said the fire had already burnt 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares), adding: "In terms of acres involved this is probably the largest fire in LA city history." Around 500 homes were evacuated due to the blaze, which grew from a camp fire and is now 45% contained.

A man has been charged with two counts of arson.

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‘UFO’ spotted over the San Gabriel Valley (Pasadena Star News link): A spherical object spotted hovering silently over the San Gabriel Valley this week had residents gazing skyward and wondering what they were witnessing. The object appeared in the sky over the San Gabriel Valley Monday morning.

One video, posted by YouTube user Julian Lopez, appears to show a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter circling around the object for an inspection around 7 a.m. over West Covina.

“Well, my friends, there’s a UFO over the San Gabriel Valley,” the videographer said.

“A helicopter is circling it,” he added. “It looks like a big eyeball.”

While the object resembled a large balloon, “There’s nothing holding it down, though. That’s the thing,” Lopez.

The man and his son watched as two helicopters flew in close proximity to the object. At least one of them circled around it before leaving the area.

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60 comments:

  1. The fix was in years ago between the Metro and housing being developed near the rail lines.
    I bet those Politicians support ing the bills have substantially lined their own pockets.
    No such thing as low income housing in Southern California, the value of land is too great. We all know how the "feel" good policies work.
    That half a cent tax just voted into policy, wont help the homelessness population, that was more layered BS from Sacramento aimed at studying the issue. Around and around it goes, like when you pull the handle on your commode.

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  2. There is a lack of low income housing in California because nobody sells houses for cheap. Even if they are designated low income when approved for construction, somehow once they go up for sale they go for market value.

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  3. Really low income housing in San Francisco didn't fare so well under Scott Wiener ..

    Scott Wiener goes after homeless people in tents
    http://48hills.org/2016/01/25/scott-wiener-goes-homeless-people-tents/

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  4. Weiner Takes All: A Panel Discussion of People Named Weiner and Wiener
    Scott Wiener (WEE-ner), politician: When people pronounce it WHY-ner, that drives me nuts. Whatever challenges there are around WEE-ner, WHY-ner is worse.
    https://www.theawl.com/2013/10/weiner-takes-all-a-panel-discussion-of-people-named-weiner-and-wiener/

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  5. Enough. Nobody has a right to live in a certain community. San Francisco is hardly a shining success, it's worrisome that their politicians want to tell us what to do.

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    1. San Francisco has some of the worst housing disparities in the country. It's like getting diet tips from the circus fat man.

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    2. Every American should indeed have the right to live in any community they want. What country are you from?

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    3. Yes. If you can afford to live there. I don't recall getting any taxpayer funded incentives to live here.

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    4. You're right, I changed my mind. I want to live in Beverly Hills on affordale subsidies. Please vote yourself a tax increase to pay for it. Thx

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    5. Everyone has the right to live well. It is even more fun if you get Wiener Bucks to pay for it.

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  6. And yet these politicians that have been voted in office are now submitting bills that will make it virtually impossible to recall them.
    When did the Mob start running California?

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  7. What? Several comments and no bashing of union members who have CalPERS pension plans on this fine Labor Day? Must be the heat...

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    1. Labor Day is for the working class, not the upper middle class government employees who sponge off them.

      Feel better now?

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    2. So you're saying, 10:40, that the working class should unionize to reach the middle and upper middle class. Agreed.

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    3. Of course. But not by putting Sierra Madre $40 million dollars into the hole.

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  8. How about living within the resources an area has? We don't have enough water for our current population, but RHNA numbers can be pushed as high as some politicians want?

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    1. Paper affordable housing needs paper water only.

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    2. We have had this fight with RHNA numbers before.
      The Tattler search engine will produce lots of articles - we went against SCAG over those numbers put out by an office in Sacramento.
      The Kensington satisfied some of that demand, but how about now - what town-destroying numbers are they trying to force on us now?

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    3. Explains why they want to sell the Library. I see low income housing in place of the Library.

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    4. Paper affordable only.

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    5. 11:07, it will probably be presented like that, but getting developers to commit to low income housing, which cuts into their profit, is like asking a parent to give up their child.

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    6. Low income housing requires a 'covenant' that a developer enters to guarantee an affordable price. The catch is that most covenants are ridiculously brief, so for one year it has to be affordable, and then stand back and let the market decide.

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    7. No developer is going to give up a chance to make a killing on Sierra Madre real estate. The Wiener deal is just a scam to pry open towns like Sierra Madre to predatory development.

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    8. I have had this discussion many times with bright young people fresh from good universities. The goals, healthy walkability, stopping urban sprawl, getting people to be in denser communities for the good of all, are admirable, but these idealists don't understand who is at the other side of the table.
      If only, before they graduated, they had to spend a night or two at The Stuart apartments, right next to the 210.
      https://www.zillow.com/b/the-stuart-at-sierra-madre-villa-pasadena-ca-5XjKwM/

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  9. The Mob/Unions. Same thing.
    Labor Day is as dismissed as Columbus Day.
    The I want it now and I don't want to lift a finger; except my expressive middle finger, generation is taking charge.

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    1. How come we don't get a day off on Indiginous People's Day?

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    2. SEIU is like the mob? Been watching On the Waterfront over and over again, huh? Maybe switch back to FoxNews for awhile.

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    3. They're kind of a passive-aggressive mob.

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    4. As, how the ignorant betray themselves so loudly and proudly.

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    5. Some bray like jackasses. Like 11:55.

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  10. I hope the UFO comes back. I need an off world vacation.

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  11. 10:48am. Stop drinking that repurposed Sierra Madre. The Kensington build did nothing to RHNA or any other benefits to the community. Don't you recall the expensive bedrooms are suites, they don't count.
    Come to think of it, town did pick up another sponsor for the 4th of July Parade.
    Maybe the developers of the future will use that same strategy to get around low cost housing numbers.
    Maybe they'll just start counting the card board mats the homelessness use at night, that way the Politicians can educate us; their job is done.

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  12. So where do the pending hillside McMansions fit in with RHNA numbers?
    Stonehouse and Carter count as what, providing needed homes for the well-heeled?

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    1. The 1 Carter McMansions are affordable housing. But only if you have yearly income in the $500,000 range.

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    2. Only the very rich can have that rarest of things, undeveloped land close to a megalopolis.

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  13. Ah, now you are using your noodle. The McMansions do count as a single family home. So depending on how many are built, those numbers reduces what Sacramento continues to push.
    The Kensington; just as expensive in costs as the McMansions do not count in the housing numbers, but those seniors do use our resources and the owners of the property does sponcer a parade.

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  14. Lol 11:55am. Try not paying your SEIU dues and you can count on cement shoes! And yes; the info did come from CNN And MSNBC, how'd ya know?!

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    1. Resting brain ^v^v^v^v^v^v^v^v^v^v^v^v^v

      Brain on FoxNews #$TRumP$KKK$NNN%%^%^&KKK&LBGTQ!!!**(()!!##!!Y***&*&$%$KKK$!!!$

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    2. OK sure whatever.......

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  15. 11:32am. I'd say those young people are spinning on the hamster wheel called urban sprawl.

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  16. Happy Labor Day to all my working friends and family, and all those retirees who have contributed to our prosperity and benefited from the great American labor movement.

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  17. 1:25pm. Yes thank you, and because of Prop.13 we retirees that workrd hard over all those years, don't need to be worried about continuing to support our kids, unless it is our choice. Especially if they are not employed by the State or Federal Government; which would allow them to support us, if Prop.13 is taken away.

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    1. Prop 13 - welfare for for longtime homeowners.

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    2. Keep searching, maybe you'll find a job soon. If you're qualified for anything.

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    3. When I grow up I want to be a Facebook content provider like 4:14pm.

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    4. Hey 4:14pm & 5:00pm. Most of us Seniors are not in the same category of Bernie Sanders; when he retires there will be a long line of seniors like myself ready, willing and qualified to take his place.

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    5. What does that even mean

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    6. 4:14 here. Sorry, 5:00 and 5:32, but I, too, am a beneficiary of Prop 13. I'm just honest and admit that it's welfare for long time property owners paid for by new owners. Sorry, your cognitive dissonence doesn't allow you to see the truth.

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    7. That's OK. I'm sorry that you are so obviously full of crap.

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    8. No facts, no argument. Thanks for conceding that you're a welfare queen!

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  18. There will be no rest from taxes and out of control wages all those 'civil servants' grab now and are guaranteed to get more even though a city is facing bankruptcy. Stop run away wages for managers etc.

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    1. all a sudden trump guy is anti capitalist

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    2. He's gone Russian.

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  19. I remember when Labor Day was a day of rest for those that laboured, now it is used for whiney complaints about how unfair life can be.

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    1. You have all of our sympathy. Hopefully things will improve for you.

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    2. Labor Day still is a great day of rest for the masses, young and old and from all walks of life! Hope you all enjoyed it.

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  20. Regarding affordable housing, fairly priced and not subsidized, I am reminded of a saying: live simply so that others may simply live. It may have been a Quaker saying.

    Also, while you rail against unions, remember who brought you the two day week-end.

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    1. I don't see any comment here that could be construed as railing against unions. Can you point one out?

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    2. Read again- they're there.

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