Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning (PASZ) have circulated a letter supporting the Menlo Balance initiative for local control.
The New York Times followed up with a “Times Insider” column on June 12th. Reporter Sarah Bahr writes about her interview with journalist Connor Dougherty, author of the “Not in Her Backyard” profile of Catalysts’ founder Susan Kirsch.
Susan Kirsch is a 78-year-old retired teacher who lives in a small cottage home in Mill Valley, Calif., on a quiet suburban street that looks toward a grassy knoll. The cause that takes up most of her time, however, is fighting new development and campaigning for the right of suburban cities to have near total control over what gets built in them.
For decades, cities like San Francisco have issued new housing elements every ten years, and for decades they haven’t made much difference. The last version, approved in 2014, called for far more affordable housing than the city has funded and approved. Meanwhile, the city has authorized more luxury housing than the state says it needs.
Data shows that RHNA rules are just impossible without complete urban transformation. What was Wiener thinking?
If San Francisco is going to rely on private for-profit developers to build most of its new affordable housing through inclusionary mandates, the amount of new market-rate housing will have to more than triple what state currently requires.
An initiative proposed by local group Menlo Balance seeks to make rezoning single-family neighborhoods in Menlo Park require a vote at the ballot box, but critics say that it’s trying to fend off a threat that doesn’t exist.