Report card: California cities, counties failing again on affordable housing goals
The Mercury News – February 1
A recent data analysis shows that only 3% of California’s cities and counties are on track to meet state housing goals and 30% are failing to issue any permits at all for affordable housing.
L.A. officials say Biden funding could get thousands of homeless off streets
Los Angeles Times – January 27
A shift in how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimburses municipalities may help the effort to house homeless people in hotel rooms by increasing reimbursement from 75% to 100% until the end of September.
Santa Clara County’s long-awaited sustainability plan prioritizes economy, environment and equity
San Jose Spotlight – January 29
Santa Clara County recently approved a master plan for sustainability, which commits the county to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, electrifying more buildings and planting 3,000 trees within the next three years to improve air quality and increase local carbon sequestration.
San Diego County sets plan for zero carbon emissions by 2035
KPBS – January 28
San Diego County recently approved a climate change proposal that aims to result in zero carbon emissions by 2035.
San Francisco supervisor wants to limit ‘McMansions’ and allow fourplexes on sites zoned for single-family homes
KQED – February 1
Proposed legislation would curtail the construction of oversized homes and allow the construction of fourplexes within a half-mile of a major transit stop.
Berkeley overhauls off-street parking with an eye toward greener future
Berkeleyside – January 27
Berkeley has eliminated the city’s age-old parking requirements which, in many areas of town, required the creation of one off-street parking spot for each new housing unit.