On May 31, 2019, Community Venture Partners (CVP) and Livable California (LC) filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Injunctive Relief and Declaratory Relief against the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) for violations of the Ralph M. Brown Act (California’s Open Meetings Law). After 2 ½ years of denial and obfuscation, ABAG surrendered to the inevitable. They had broken the law.
In the last 30 days, the Marin Independent Journal has published multiple points of view about housing that challenges the mainstream narrative that cities are to blame for the housing crisis and should adopt measures to build at all costs to meet Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) mandates.
As a member of Susan Kirsch’s Catalysts for Local Control group, I would like to comment on her approach to fighting for the cause of local housing control.
First, people of all political stripes are welcome to join. Second, ad hominen attacks are not broached. Third, all points of view are entertained. Fourth, our Monday 5 p.m. meetings are conducted in a freewheeling group Zoom setting. We bandy about the latest headlines regarding housing, state appointments and federal politics as they relate to California.
Here are five ideas how city, county and state officials should handle state housing mandates.
First, address the heart of the problem. Secure anti-speculation legislation to stop the “Blackstones” of the world. Instead of giving investors/developers the right to city planning and the right to take ownership of single-family homes and neighborhoods for their investment portfolio, demand legislation that gives safeguards.
On Dec. 7, the Marin Board of Supervisors held a planning workshop on the state-mandated Regional Housing Need Allocation for the 2022-2030 planning period. Many of the participants expressed their concern on issues that will be difficult to resolve. As campaign manager for the Catalysts for Local Control group, I believe recently raised issues need thoughtful resolution as we go forward.