Los Angeles City Council extends eviction moratorium
The Real Deal – July 27
Landlords’ hopes were dashed when the Los Angeles City Council voted 11-1 to continue a state of emergency to deal with the COVID pandemic, which means that a two-year-old moratorium for evicting renters will not be lifted. Outside City Hall, landlords and renters staged competing protests on the issue before the vote on July 27.
San Diego City Council adopts more ambitious climate action plan with zero emissions goal
Times of San Diego – August 2
On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council approved an update to the city’s Climate Action Plan, including setting a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. City staff will bring a full implementation plan back to the council by February 2023. As an early implementation step, city staff have prepared a municipal energy implementation plan and policy to push the city toward its goal of zero-emission municipal facilities and a nearly all-electric vehicle fleet by 2035.
UC Berkeley can begin constructing a $312 million housing development at historic People’s Park, judge rules
East Bay Times – July 30
UC Berkeley’s proposal to develop housing at People’s Park dodged another bullet Friday — more than a half-century after a similar plan sparked a violent clash that established People’s Park as a hotbed of social dissent. An Alameda County Superior Court judge issued a tentative ruling Friday evening that the university’s plans to build a $312 million housing project at People’s Park did not violate the California Environmental Quality Act. Three separate lawsuits are seeking to stop the development, arguing that environmental impact reports within UC’s long-range development plan, which, in part, lays out how the institution plans to accommodate its ever-growing student population over the next 15 years, were inadequate.
Talks concerning the future of Highway 37 underway as threat of sea-level looms
Marin Independent Journal – August 1
For generations, the 21-mile route linking Marin County and Vallejo has been essential for commuters and travelers. Now Highway 37 has become something more — a centerpiece in a growing debate on how the Bay Area and California should respond to climate change. Caltrans is studying a plan to widen a traffic-prone, 10-mile stretch of the highway while it comes up with a longer-term fix. But some advocates say they should skip that step while significant funding is available and elevate the road, what all parties agree will eventually be needed.
How one California neighborhood is guarding against deadly heat
The Mercury News – July 26
A first-of-its-kind project aims to lower the ambient air temperature in Pacoima — a lower-income, primarily Latino community — by adding reflective pavement coating to nearly 1 million square feet of roads, playgrounds, and parking lots. “Pacoima is one of the hottest parts of L.A. County and hasn’t gotten the kind of investment like a lot of other communities,” says Jeff Terry, vice president for corporate social responsibility and sustainability at GAF, which is funding the project. A 2020 study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters found that the use of such coatings in two Los Angeles neighborhoods decreased pavement temperatures up to 10°.
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