Orange County's Airport Land Use Commission is pushing
back against plans from Newport Beach and Irvine to increase affordable housing availability by constructing new housing adjacent to the airport, noting that future residents may be at risk to environmental pollutants and noise disruptions. The commission cannot reject the cities' plans but can file complaints that force cooperation or a city council vote.
The Inglewood City Council approved
a proposal to construct the 1.6-mile Inglewood Transit Connector that would connect the Crenshaw Line's Downtown Inglewood Station to SoFi stadium and the future Intuit Dome. Construction is estimated to cost $1.4 billion, though officials are hoping to attain new funding sources following a federal environmental review process in order to complete the extension before the 2028 Olympics.
Instead of pursuing a regional transit center involved in the redevelopment of the U.S. Navy's Old Town NAVWAR site, San Diego leaders are chasing
a two-part plan that includes a rail transit connection to the airport in the short-term and a larger transit hub in the long-term.
The City of Fontana and Attorney General Rob Bonta have reached
a settlement over a planned warehouse development adjacent to Jurupa Hills High School. The project will still move forward but with restrictions intended to protect at-risk communities from industrial pollution, including emissions reductions through clean energy and the establishment of a community benefit bund to increase green spaces at the high school.
About 78,000 very low-income Sacramento renters cannot find
an affordable home to live in, according to a recent study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Researchers also reported that thousands of low-income residents spend over 30% of their income on rent and that only 41 affordable and available homes exist for every 100 very low-income household in Sacramento.
The U.S. Supreme Court chose
to not consider an appeal from the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, a landlord group attempting to overturn the city's eviction moratorium. The move will ensure that eviction protections for renters burdened by the pandemic remain in place, delivering a win to tenant advocates.
Most registered voters, including 70% of Democrats, continue
to support a statewide high-speed rail system, according to a new study, even though construction has been a slow process since voters approved funding 14 years ago. Meanwhile, 35% of voters were opposed to carrying on with the project.
The Coastal Commission rejected
a federal plan to confront water pollution and other burdens of cattle ranching in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The commission noted that the plan, which would allow park staff to shoot some of the park's tule elk to minimize fighting over property, is insufficient and unclear.
San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney has defeated
former Supervisor David Campos in a special state Assembly election that left Haney with roughly 63% of the votes. Haney has the support of a coalition of labor unions and housing advocates. He had recently been involved in a controversy over the disapproval of a high-rise building in his district; other supervisors overruled his support for it. (See related CP&DR coverage