Marin Voice: A real test for debate over housing densities

Marin IJ-Voice | Ron Arlas | posted: 2/14/2015 The apartments at the old WinCup site in Corte Madera are nearing completion. Once that happens, we will finally have the chance to determine which planning philosophy is more accurate in the real world. For the 20 years that I was on…

A new pro-growth group takes on the politics of housing

48 hills | Zelda Bronstein | posted: 2/9/2015 Last Monday evening, a new organization with a highrise, pro-growth agenda and a memorable acronym — the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation — held a forum at The Lab, a block from the 16th St. BART station. The topic was “The…

Marin fares well when it comes to commuting by transit or working close to home

Marin IJ | Dick Spotswood | posted: 2/10/2015 Let’s put two myths to rest. The first is the contention by high-density developers and housing activists that Marin County has the worst record in the Bay Area when it comes to importing workers from surrounding counties. If any counties merit the…

The “Transportation Cloud” is Coming

Planning For Reality | Richard Hall | posted: 2/8/2015 Many are familiar with “the cloud” – that imaginary place up there in Internet “heaven” where companies and people can access file storage, computing power, movies or music instantaneously – on demand – whenever they need it. The computer cloud has…

Runaway growth threatens Seattle’s livability but pro-growth lobby demands still more – exposing the myth that Seattle isn’t bearing its fair share of the region’s growth

Pacific Publishing/Coalition for an Affordable, Livable Seattle | Carolee Colter and John V. Fox | posted: January 2014 Every ten years, the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) requires the Puget Sound four-county area (King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap) to adjust projections for future growth, and set targets that determine where…

“Progressive” Gentrification: One Community’s Struggle Against Affordable Housing

Truthout | Aaron Cantú | posted: 2/5/2015 As City Hall attempts to jam thousands of more housing units concurrently with new commercial development near subway lines, it is presenting the Lefferts Gardens community with an ultimatum: Accept new development in the name of affordable housing so that other parts of…

Official suspected of embezzling $1.3 million resigns from agency

SF Gate | J.K. Dineen | posted: 1/31/2015 The Association of Bay Area Governments official suspected of embezzling $1.3 million has resigned from the agency, an ABAG spokesman has confirmed, although it’s unclear where he was when the resignation was tendered or whether he intends to cooperate with an investigation.…

Nearly $1 million in S.F. bond money vanishes

SF Gate | J.K. Dineen | posted: 1/27/2015 The developer of a Rincon Hill luxury high-rise complex near the entrance to the Bay Bridge may have ended up with nearly $1 million in bond money that the city planned to spend on park and pedestrian improvements South of Market, according…

A Simple Rhyme Warns: There’s Reason to Doubt Developer Consultant’s “No Toxic Risk” Marinwood Report

Citizen Marin Commentary | Susan Kirsch On 1/26/15, the Marin IJ published an article headlined “Marinwood Plaza analysis finds no toxic risk to wells, creek; ranchers unassuaged.” A new consulting firm conducts a new study and discovers there’s no problem! Complete article here. But on 3/29/14, the IJ reported that…