“We’re not going to build any more in the state until we can build faster,” says Dan Dunmoyer, president of the California Building Industry Assn. “It’s not uncommon for permits to take 15 years. In the rest of the country it’s less than two. And fees can run up to $150,000 per home. … [Read more...] about State Senate head saved California’s most important housing bill, showing what leadership is made of
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Stitt said in a statement that he was taking the action in response to similar travel bans imposed by California. Oklahoma was added to California's travel ban in 2018 after passing a law that allows adoption agencies to deny placement services to same-sex parents. The City of San Francisco last year extended that ban to states with restrictive abortion laws, including Oklahoma. … [Read more...] about Oklahoma governor orders ban on state travel to California
The City Planning Department has embarked on its first set of urban design guidelines, a two-year effort that has produced a 70-page draft. In many ways it is long overdue, making smart points that should be common sense. Yet the inherent subjectivity of such standards could muddy the waters rather than lead to better buildings, which is what we really need. … [Read more...] about Do urban design guidelines help or hinder growing cities?
Proponents of the measure, called the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, hope it'll tackle several problems at once. They believe it'll give formerly incarcerated folks a fair shot at a place to live, reduce the chances they end up back in prison by providing stable housing, and reduce the wider issue of homelessness, which jumped 16.4% in the state in 2019. … [Read more...] about Oakland is the first California city to ban criminal background checks on renters
As Breitbart News reported, Democrat city councilmembers are considering legislation that allows eligible legal immigrants to vote in citywide elections — similar to San Francisco, California, policy where non-citizens are allowed to vote in local school board elections. … [Read more...] about Between 500K and 1M Non-Citizens May Get Voting Rights in New York City