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Posted on July 28 at 9:32 p.m.

By dint of experience and observation, I conclude that restricting development leads to another kinds of "density"; illegal garage conversions, and crowded occupancy of existing housing. The other danger of a no-growth policy is intervention by the State.
A compromise strategy would be to adopt the MODA approach, but restrict the rate of new development, and carefully observe the results.

On "Can't Get There From Here"

Posted on May 18 at 6:31 a.m.

These ballot measures were all approved by large majorities by the State Senate and Assembly. Voting NO is a vote for anarchy. I am voting YES on all measures, then holding the Legislature and Governor responsible for the results. We elect those representatives to come up with solutions; to reject their solution without the prospect of an alternative is essentially anarchistic.

On Vote Yes on 1A, No on All the Rest

Posted on May 15 at 6:48 a.m.

The $18K fee is not high enough to actually discourage conversions. Rather, it is a de-facto blessing for such conversions. Previously an apartment owner might be reluctant to spend money on the conversion process, fearing denial by the Planning Commission. But now a fig leaf has been provided; an owner can say "Hey, I'm ready to pay my conversion fees, just like you said I could - please approve my conversion". It will just make denial that much more difficult.

I don't have an opinion on whether condo conversions are good or bad for the community. But I'm fairly certain this ordinance makes the process easier. And it completely fails to address the larger problem: gentrification of the R-3 zone.

On City Council Squeezes Affordable Housing from Smaller Projects

Posted on April 1 at 8:01 a.m.

Ah, gentrification hits SB mobile home parks!

On Upwardly Mobile Housing Delivers Affordable Luxury

Posted on March 21 at 7:21 a.m.

Will the City now have to purchase the 11 Affordable units to preserve their status?

On None

Posted on March 7 at 7:37 a.m.

Let's hope the EIR being done as part of the General Plan update is finished and available before the election. Otherwise the ballot measure may be vulnerable to a legal challenge. It's not acceptable to vote on such a consequential ballot measure without suitable environmental review.

On Height Fight

Posted on March 1 at 7:49 a.m.

As a chief of police, you need a thick skin when dealing with people with thick heads.

On Burning Hot Scoles vs. "Scam" Sanchez

Posted on March 1 at 7:10 a.m.

Some neighbors have a concern about the semi-vacant lot at 512 Bath St, recently purchased by the city's Housing Authority.
Plans are in the works for a project with 55 to 75 units, possibly funded with federal dollars. Federal dollars come with federal strings attached, which could require that a high percentage of the units serve the chronic homeless. Why not use federal funds to build granny flats in R-1 neighborhoods to serve the homeless? The West Downtown already has a higher concentration of such housing than any other neighborhood in the City.

On Marching in Memory of Murder Victim

Posted on February 27 at 5:26 a.m.

Can someone describe the proper procedure for disposing of:
- fluorescent bulbs
- batteries
- smoke alarms

Thanks.

On E-Waste Collection and Recycling Event -- 03/06/09 at Sears Parking Lot, La Cumbre Ctr., 3845 State St.

Posted on February 12 at 9:01 a.m.

The current zoning ordinance defines "building height" as something that depends on "natural grade"; but "natural grade" is nowhere defined in the ordinance. Definitions are given for "finished grade" and "existing grade", but not "natural grade".
Anybody got a clue?

On Planners Pan City Hall Height Cap Proposal

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