San Francisco passes controversial citywide upzoning ordinance
The state accepts Los Angeles’ revised housing element
Air Board Draft Report Faults Strategies for Sustainable Communities
Los Angeles places affordable housing and homelessness measure in November election
HCD hires Melinda Coy to oversee housing responsibilities
Melinda Coy has been appointed Proactive Accountability Chief of Land Use and Local Government Relations in the California Department of Housing & Community Development. This role oversees the department’s work to ensure that local governments implement their post-adoption housing elements, the implementation of the Surplus Lands Act to ensure affordable housing developers have access to available surplus sites, and the Housing Preservation Notice Act . Coy was previously a senior policy specialist for the California State Department of Housing and Community Development, responsible for supporting the implementation of housing and land use laws and policies, including reviewing local housing elements of the general plan and providing technical assistance to local governments. Coy holds bachelor’s degrees in geography and political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.
CP&DR legal defenses: Cities cannot sue COGs over housing targets
Cities cannot sue their governing council for the housing targets they are given as part of the regional housing needs assessment. That’s the decision of a San Diego appeals court, based on a 2009 Orange County ruling. In the SANDAG case, the San Diego Division of the Fourth Circuit found that the situation was identical, although the issue of weighted voting was not an issue irvine Most importantly, the court referred to a 2004 law that eliminated and cited judicial review of the RHNA process irvine with the words: “The City of Irvine Court … noted that its conclusion that the legislature intended to preclude judicial review of RHNA assignments was also supported by the fact that in 2004 the legislature expressly AWAY a statutory provision authorize judicial review of RHNA assignments.
Angels owner Arte Moreno is asking the city of Anaheim for $5 million to cover costs of organizing the defunct Angel Stadium sale. Although the city has already agreed to repay $50 million in escrow fees, the Moreno development company will file a claim with the city for reimbursement of property, inspection and attorney fees. Despite its attempts to distance itself from the failed Angel Stadium deal and the resignation of Anaheim’s mayor amid a corruption investigation, the Anaheim City Council faces the heat of an Orange County grand jury whose report alleges that officials a Lack promoted transparency in the transaction by prioritizing corporate interests. (See related CP&DR coverage.)
Governor Gavin Newsom has named Tony Tavares as Caltrans’ new director. Tavares is the current director of Caltrans District 7 and has held various roles in the department since 1997.
A Fresno County judge issued a preliminary ruling that would prevent Adventure Church from halting the sale of the historic Tower Theater to the city, effectively securing the city’s ownership.
The Encinitas City Council has approved an updated plan for a 250 unit multi-story gated community on the southern edge of Olive Grove with 50 units designated as affordable. The move comes in response to pressure from Attorney General Rob Bonta and state housing officials.
The San Diego Housing Commission study of affordable housing across the city received an Award of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. The report also recommends several approaches to ensure continued affordability based on data from an inventory of existing deed-restricted affordable housing units.
A proposed vacancy tax that would tax homeowners with vacant lots to reduce idle space and raise money for affordable housing projects is likely to appear at the November Santa Cruz vote. Officials are considering studying water bills to identify vacant homes.
Culver City Council approved3-2, a plan to draft an ordinance that would eliminate citywide minimum parking spaces and provide recommendations for maximum parking spaces.