Food for thought ….In the news, Trump’s new budget takes from housing programs to fund the wall …. seems like that’s the new theme now-a-days or is it new …. blame the victim of failed policies …. put’em to work those lazy bums …. just like the good old days – sweat houses …. Berkeley, a pioneer in exclusionary zoning …. UCB has 10% homeless students …. couch surfing builds character …. new study shows Black and Latinos consume pollution White folks generate …. CARB says you colored people need to pay to clean the air
In President Trump’s $4.75T Proposed Budget, Housing Programs Lose Big
SAN FRANCISCO GATE
By Clare Trapasso [March 11, 2019]
President Donald Trump just dropped his proposed budget for 2020, and it’s no surprise that the big winners are military spending, efforts to combat the opioid crisis, and $8.6 billion for his long-desired wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But many other domestic programs didn’t fare as well, including housing for lower-income American families.
Despite high housing costs across the nation, Trump wants to slash the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget by $8.7 billion—or 16.4%—next year.
Open Forum: Bring back the ‘missing middle’ housing
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Nancy Skinner [March 11, 2019]
Tucked into neighborhoods throughout Oakland, Berkeley and many other Bay Area cities are small, beautiful duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. These multifamily residences tend to be more affordable than single-family homes and were a major housing type in U.S. urban areas before World War II. But since the 1960s and ’70s, this type of essential housing has become illegal in neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area and nation because it exceeds the density allowed. That’s why it’s now called “missing middle” housing. It’s time we brought it back.
Study Finds Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution And Who Breathes It
Jonathan Lambert [March 11, 2019]
Scientists and policymakers have long known that black and Hispanic Americans tend to live in neighborhoods with more pollution of all kinds, than white Americans. And because pollution exposure can cause a range of health problems, this inequity could be a driver of unequal health outcomes across the U.S.