When she came to the Bay Area seven years later, Trauss became obsessed with the region’s housing crisis. She formed the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation — SFBARF — in 2014 and transformed it the next year into the more appetizingly named YIMBY, which consists of a political action committee, an advocacy organization and a nonprofit that sues communities for not building enough housing. In July, YIMBY got its first court win, forcing Berkeley to approve a three-unit building opposed by neighbors who said its residents would take their parking spaces. … [Read more...] about Housing firebrand Sonja Trauss in race to represent District 6
Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles at two military bases used by U.S. forces in Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday night, as long-simmering tensions between Washington and Tehran erupted into fiery explosions and fears of war after the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general. There were no confirmed reports of U.S. casualties in the predawn attack. Los Angeles Times … [Read more...] about Newsletter: Essential California: What’s next for Duncan Hunter’s seat?
More importantly, Markle once described herself on her former lifestyle blog the Tig as someone who “lives by the ethos that most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach, or a few avocados,” which sounds like a hard point in the West Coast column. She has also previously opined on Canadian winters, and the prospect of a voluntary January there could be less than enticing. … [Read more...] about Newsletter: Could Meghan Markle and Prince Harry move to L.A.?
Choosing to appoint either Karen Weeks, a city Planning Commission vice chairwoman, or Jacquelynne Ocaña, who runs a small business as a private fiduciary, would help correct the gender imbalance on the council, which now had only one woman in its ranks with Combs gone. And Ocaña’s appointment could have made local history, with her being the first Latina to serve on the council in a city that’s nearly 30% Latino. … [Read more...] about Newsletter: The strange saga of Santa Rosa’s vacant City Council seat
Bannon, a veteran of the alt-right platform Breitbart and the Trump White House, has flirted with establishing a European institutional presence since 2013. His group is paying €100,000 a month for the abbey and is reportedly backed by Ben Harnwell, a former British assistant in the European Parliament. Bannon told The New Yorker that his goal is to build a right-wing answer to George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, the billionaire’s grant-making network that distributes funding to NGOs and media. “Soros has done an amazing job,” Bannon said. “To me he’s a role model in that regard.” Bannon envisions hosting young professionals “who want a change in life”; they will attend the school for as long as an academic year and then emerge to pursue careers in media or government. … [Read more...] about The Catholic Church Really Doesn’t Want Steve Bannon’s Alt-Right Academy in Italy