Distributive policy

CP&DR News Briefs March 22, 2022: Pasadena Duplex Policy; the Port Village of San Diego; Grand jury reviews housing plans; and more

Pasadena’s SB 9 emergency order may break the law

Attorney General Rob Bonta has informed the City of Pasadena that its emergency ordinance restricting the implementation of SB 9 violates state law. Just days before the law took effect, Pasadena passed Emergency Ordinance No. 7384, which would allow the city to exempt existing areas from the requirements of SB 9 by declaring them “historic districts.” Pasadena extended the ordinance on January 10, 2022. Attorney General Bonta warned that the city must repeal its ordinance or it will be held liable for failing to comply with state laws intended to address the housing crisis. The action is part of the Department of Justice’s Housing Strike Force which encourages local action and accountability to house Californians.

San Diego’s Revised Waterfront Redevelopment Plan Hits $3.5 Billion

Developers recently submitted a revised $3.5 billion redevelopment plan to the Port of San Diego that would transform the downtown waterfront, including Seaport Village and adjacent parks, into new hotels, restaurants, entertainment space, and more. art exhibition and yacht club. The plan may also include a 500-foot tower for viewing decks, an aquarium, and other public recreation areas. Public perception is mixed, with some disapproving, noting their respect for the waterfront’s landmark status and relaxing atmosphere, and others enthusiastic about the new infrastructure. Developer Protea Waterfront says he wants small businesses to remain a core feature of the new development. Mayor Todd Gloria, City Council and the regional chamber of commerce all support the plan. (See related CP&DR coverage.)

Grand Jury assesses contrasting approaches to housing in Mountain View, Palo Alto

The city of Mountain View is making great strides toward its housing production goals, while Palo Alto is falling flat, according to a civil grand jury report titled “Affordable Housing: A Tale of Two Cities.” The grand jury concluded that effective planning, political will and innovative financing are three characteristics essential to Mountain View’s success. Meanwhile, the grand jury has concluded that the “Palo Alto process,” infamous for its lengthy approach, will certainly prevent this city from achieving state goals. The grand jury also found that Mountain View, home to Google, has notably encouraged community involvement in affordable housing, but Palo Alto does not engage with its residents. Palo Alto has essentially not addressed the state’s affordable housing goals, while Mountain View has embraced the housing need with specific, coordinated, and timely plans that reflect its interest in building more housing.

City of Santa Monica Receives LEED Platinum Certification

The City of Santa Monica has achieved Platinum certification under the LEED for Cities program, which celebrates local governments for their responsibility in green building related to energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, security, prosperity and equity. Santa Monica became the first city to achieve Platinum certification with 80 points, achieving high levels in the Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions category by reducing emissions 60% below 1990 levels and fueling 94% properties with 100% renewable energy. Santa Monica also scored well in the Natural Systems and Ecology category for Green Space Distribution, in Transportation and Land Use for Transit Access, in Quality of Life for Education and community engagement, and several other categories.

Paradise designs the reconstruction plan

Paradise town leaders have drawn up a plan for the town’s rebuilding process following the devastating 2018 campfire that left 85 people dead and 15,000 structures destroyed and reduced the population by nearly 20,000. A global organization, Counselors of Real Estate, worked with local leaders to draft a number of recommended rebuilding actions based on two main approaches: residential construction that would house all income levels and a prototype insurance program against forest fires. This program would work in tandem with the state’s insurance commissioner and serve as better protection against potential future wildfires. The report also proposes expanding community septic capacity and establishing a government sector whose functions would be specifically to assist with funding and reconstruction.
CP&DR Legal Coverage: Courts Reject Projects in San Diego County, Nevada County,
The long-running Fanita Ranch battle at Santee has reached a new crescendo, as a San Diego judge invalidated the project’s environmental impact report – the latest in a series of rulings that focus on land use cases. assessment of forest fires as part of the environmental analysis. In her interim decision, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal upheld the EIR on numerous grounds, but reversed the EIR largely on the assessment route analysis. forest fires. Bacal is the same judge who last year criticized the City of San Diego’s EIR on proposed height increases in the Midway District.

Environmentalists have halted the controversial 760-home project in Martis Valley near Truckee in Nevada County — at least for now. The Third District Court of Appeals upheld most of the steps taken by Placer County to conduct an environmental review and approve the project. However, the Third District came out in favor of environmentalists on a few key points of the environmental scan – specifically whether the county had unduly postponed further analysis and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. – and that was enough to sink the project. .

A former San Francisco planning commissioner will settle his lawsuit against the city for $1.8 million. Commissioner Dennis Richards and realtor Rachel Swann accused the city of retaliation against Richards for criticizing the department for corruption.

Fewer residents missed their rent payments and were less likely to be evicted in the months following the introduction of the state’s policy that raises the minimum wage, a new study found. The report also determined that an increase in the minimum wage had a greater impact for tenants who pay lower monthly payments compared to high rents.

A Superior Court judge rules that the San Diego City Council acted improperly when it chose to approve Measure C, a ballot measure that would raise the hotel tax to fund a center expansion conventions, homeless services and road repairs. Although it came incredibly close, the measure technically did not receive a two-thirds majority vote.

San Francisco has started ferry service to Treasure Island, which is undergoing an affordable housing development and plans for more amenities. The new service will accommodate 48 passengers and will operate 16 hours a day, seven days a week with $5 one-way tickets and monthly passes available.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian wants county officials to come up with a plan to purchase the Lehigh Hanson property, home to a quarry and cement plant in the hills west of Cupertino that over the years generations, occupied highways, dams and buildings. Simitian hopes to foster an open space with limited accommodation and reduced pollution and noise.