ABAG Finally Gives Up: Guilty as Charged

ABAG Finally Gives Up: Guilty as Charged

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.

Local group discussing important state issues

Local group discussing important state issues

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.

Local group discussing important state issues

Issues, suggestions for addressing allocation

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.

Local group discussing important state issues

All housing concerns must be addressed now

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.

Local group discussing important state issues

Legislature should have found housing compromise

The state Legislature needs to compromise on the issue of housing. By overriding the California Constitution and passing numerous housing bills, it has put local control in jeopardy. Members of the Legislature approved the splitting of single-family lots and replacing our homes with two duplexes “by right.” That bypasses local control. And, to enforce this process, Attorney General Rob Bonta has created a “strike force” of lawyers.