What’s New [March 18, 2019]

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

March Madness [March 8, 2019]

Food for thought …. Is it all that bewildering why African Americans and Latinos lag in homeownership? …. especially once you consider a century (plus plus plus) of government housing discrimination …. big surprise!! Never got a chance to diversify assets …. oh my!  Predatory leading …. bang, bang!Anti-gouging what a concept …. worth a try .… as more and more folks pay larger portions of their income towards rent and mortgages does this just stop the bleeding …. what about the healing …. Over two hundred new housing bills in Sac …. oh no! …. new and improved …. after all the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over-and-over again expecting a different result …. hundreds of millions of dollars in play …. cha ching!

The Challenge of Big Solutions [February 27, 2019]

The Chronicle article, Train to nowhere? Here’s how the high-speed project went off the rails, details the regulatory and legal obstacles that ballooned the budget of California’s bullet train to $77 billion. The New York Times article cites CEQA as the main culprit that has derailed this project and has “pit environmental objections against environmental goals.” The seemingly myopic runaway train of environmentalist zeal to save the planet at all costs is now on full display. The Governor has done the right thing to stop the boondoggle until we can learn to solve the simultaneous equation of balancing human social costs, budgets and regulatory hurdles like CEQA.

What is Old is New Again [February 22, 2019]

There is much talk about how to fix California’s housing crisis, and many people are now acknowledging it will require a massive effort to solve, which is a good thing. People of color have long known there was a crisis, especially as past efforts to “help” them often resulted in much collateral damage. Dan Walters alludes to this in his article below. Kim Veklerov’s article touches upon the phenomenon of segregation and resegregation which really is part of a long legacy of housing discrimination.

Who Will Pay the Cost to Be Green? [February 15, 2019]

Cost of Going Green
We applaud Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s effort to advocate for a Green New Deal, especially as it raises the discourse around climate change.  Some find it unrealistic and naïve, however we are pleased that it explicitly states that it should not burden the “poor and those struggling to get by.”  This is consistent with our position that the pain and cost of reducing GHG must be equitably shared across social and economic classes.

Governor Takes Action [February 4, 2019]

Our Governor Sets a New Tone
We are very encouraged by our new governor’s bold decision to enforce the state housing laws – he gets thee gold stars and a pat on the back. It is only fair to give credit when credit is due. The real test will be when he gets push back from these wealthy cities. Does he have Marin county in his sights next?

Diversity and Environmentalists [February 1, 2019]

Environmental Elitism 
CARB’s plan includes developing a per person pollution quota that requires local government to enforce. This plan also includes a vehicle per miles travel quota which would disproportionately affect low-income families who must commute from lower cost communities to feed their families. Would CARB propose such policies if it had more diversity of thought in upper management?