Local control is slipping away

Local control is slipping away

By Ann Duwe
While every city in California was trying to create an acceptable housing element, the city councils, their consultants and we, the citizens, lost sight of the larger picture. What is slipping away is our ability to participate in shaping the communities where we live.

It Can’t Happen Soon Enough

It Can’t Happen Soon Enough

Last February, Catalysts hosted a Zoom conversation with highly regarded state and national politician Tom Campbell. We talked about California housing policy, and he described his goal to improve government policy and services by creating a Common Sense Party.

As you’ll read in his update, the Common Sense Party is picking up steam. Many of us have changed party affiliation in support of Tom’s vision and commitment to common sense.

YIMBYism is as progressive as it gets

YIMBYism is as progressive as it gets

By Bilal Mahmood
Progressivism is a movement to advance the human condition through social reform. Its policies are based on the idea that government should have a role in ensuring a social safety net — be it through tenant protections, guaranteed income or affordable housing.
This opinion piece appeared in the SF Chronicle in August 2022. It is reproduced here with all the comments.

STATE USURPING KEY POWERS FROM CITIES

STATE USURPING KEY POWERS FROM CITIES

BY THOMAS D. ELIAS
All over California last fall, hundreds of the civic minded spent thousands of hours and millions of dollars running for posts on city councils and county boards.

Some of them may now be wondering why they bothered. For over the last three years, state government has gradually usurped almost full jurisdiction over one of the key powers always previously held by locally elected officials: The ability to decide what their city or county will look like and feel like over the next few decades.

Marin Voice: Housing plan needed Planning Commission feedback

Marin Voice: Housing plan needed Planning Commission feedback

Many Marin County residents who have been going about their lives without focusing on local politics will soon be unpleasantly surprised.

The staff for the Marin County Planning Commission (working with consulting firm MIG under a $1.6 million contract), has been finalizing plans to site 3,569 housing units over the coming eight-year housing cycle. The plan must be approved by mid-January by the Board of Supervisors, or the county faces severe fines and other punishments by the state.