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Mixed Bag on June Ballot Measures

Transportation bond fails in San Francisco, while Santa Cruz voters apparently favor rails over trails. Meanwhile, Chino voters approved a housing element update.

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Cities Can't Sue COGs Over RHNA Applications

In a case from San Diego, an appellate court reaffirms a 13-year old ruling that says the legislature has barred RHNA allocation lawsuits by COG members.

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Redlands Goes Big on New Urbanism

Redevelopment of a moribund 1970s mall anticipates a new planning paradigm in Inland Empire city of Redlands.

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Anaheim's Major League Housing Debacle

Angels Stadium in Anaheim could have become Orange County's most impressive infill redevelopment. If not for corruption, contentiousness, and the Surplus Land Act.

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Parking, Commercial Reuse Bills Move Forward

Generally speaking, however, 2022 is a legislative year of incremental change not sweeping reform.

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When Is A CEQA Project Description Too Narrow?

When it doesn't allow the environmental impact report to analyze anything except the project that was proposed -- in this case, a Crystal Geyser bottling plant near Mount Shasta.

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CEQA Judge's Lament: "Something Is Very Wrong With This Picture"

Court sides with developer in 48-year-old case from Tiburon but judge goes off on CEQA. Meanwhile, Marin County negotiates with developer to purchase the property for open space.

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Biden Housing Plan Mirrors California Efforts

The focus on zoning reform in particular could complement California's recent housing production laws.

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What Exactly Went Down In Burbank Over SB 35

The City Councilmembers appointed themselves the final arbiter of whether a project met SB 35 requirements. Then they overruled their own staff. But in the end, it was really just about vagueness and inconsistency between the general plan and the zoning ordinance.

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Judge Upholds Constitutionality of SB 10

AIDS Heathcare Foundation and Redondo Beach get nowhere in their argument that city councils can't override local ballot measures.

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation Loses Another Hollywood Housing Case

AHF attempted to increase affordable housing in a neighboring project by invoking the repealed redevelopment law.

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Emeryville Emerges As Bay Area Pro-Housing Leader

Sandwiched between Berkeley and Oakland, city aims to exceed RHNA target by 50%.

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When An AirBNB Is A Residence, Not A Motel

Manhattan Beach tried to retrofit an old ordinance to cover short-term rentals without Coastal Commission approval. It didn't work.

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Cities, Counties Get Ready To Deal With Sea Level Rise

State guidance is forthcoming, but some jurisdictions are out ahead of the curve.

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Can Conserving Land Be An EIR Alternative?

An appellate court says yes -- if funding sources are available, even if it's unlikely that the landowner is willing to sell.

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AG Targets Cities, Counties Over Housing

Bonta's warning letters on violations of state housing law increased dramatically in March.

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