It may now seem like a lifetime ago given the ubiquity and enormity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our everyday lives, but it has actually only been a few months since California’s chronic and acute shortage of housing had been monopolizing our attention. While we shelter in place and try to imagine what the world will look like after things get back to “normal,” … [Read more...] about Remember the California housing crisis? Judge rules that SB 35 bars the City of Los Altos from rejecting controversial project
Once again, the chronic and acute shortage of housing in California takes center stage in this week’s blog, as has happened so many times over the past several years. This time, the spotlight is on Palo Alto, whose debates over development have also previously been featured here. The controversy at hand involves the tension between the development of additional market rate … [Read more...] about Housing crisis-inspired policy goals now at loggerheads in Palo Alto
In my last blog post, I wrote about AB 1482, the statewide rent control bill adopted by the California legislature, which Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed. Awaiting action by Newsom momentarily is the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 (SB 330), a measure intended to promote California housing construction by suspending certain local limitations on housing construction. While … [Read more...] about Can SB 330, the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, succeed in lowering barriers to residential development in California?
For better or worse, the acute, chronic lack of housing in the Golden State is once again the focus of attention. An analysis published recently by U.C. Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation shows that restrictive local zoning has inhibited the development of high-density housing projects in California. This report concludes that, notwithstanding market pressures … [Read more...] about State housing policies conflict with those of Los Altos and other cities as the struggle to solve California’s housing crisis moves to the courts
California’s shortage of housing, especially affordable housing, is a conundrum that becomes harder and harder to avoid with each passing day. It is only a slight exaggeration for me to say that it seems like I’ve blogged about this problem every month for years. In every conversation I have about Silicon Valley real estate, this situation raises its ugly head, regardless of … [Read more...] about San Francisco passes law giving nonprofits first rights to purchase multifamily residential property