Under the bill, local governments in counties with more than 600,000 people would have to allow buildings at least four stories tall within a half-mile of a transit stop and five stories within a quarter-mile, provided that those projects meet other local design standards. Five Bay Area counties — San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo — meet that population threshold. … [Read more...] about Key California housing bill’s chances of passing just improved dramatically
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You might remember Issa from his leading role in the Benghazi investigation, or his bankrolling of the campaign to recall former Gov. Gray Davis back in 2003. He also once held the distinction of being the richest member of Congress, with a roughly $250 million fortune made while leading a Vista-based manufacturer of vehicle antitheft devices. (Do you remember the Viper car alarm system with the recorded voice that says “Please step away from the car”? Well, that’s actually Issa’s voice speaking in the recording.) … [Read more...] about Newsletter: Essential California: What’s next for Duncan Hunter’s seat?
After years of financial woes, St. Vincent Medical Center is running out of prayers. The hospital was founded in 1858 by six nuns who wanted to offer services to the poor and saw a need for healthcare in a growing L.A. Now, community leaders and experts fear the hospital’s closing will have a ripple effect throughout the community and force the poor and elderly to travel farther away for care. Los Angeles Times … [Read more...] about Newsletter: Oscar noms and a Democratic debate in the week ahead
I spoke with Ocaña by phone on Wednesday. “I think that most of us were just blown away by what had actually transpired in front of us,” she said. She is a political newcomer but serves on the board of Legal Aid of Sonoma County and does elder justice advocacy work in the community. She said she saw Tuesday’s meeting as a “a microcosm of what’s going on in our nation right now.” … [Read more...] about Newsletter: The strange saga of Santa Rosa’s vacant City Council seat
It’s a truism that unfortunately appears to transcend industry or geography. Exist in public, and eventually an online mob will nitpick your looks, rate your sexual desirability in relation to your ability to do your job, and probably make threats vague and specific — regardless of whether you’re a female journalist, the founder of an indie game studio or trying to run a small city on the Central Coast of California. … [Read more...] about Newsletter: Facing harassment as a female mayor