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State auditor’s analysis elevates concern about housing mandate

State auditor’s analysis elevates concern about housing mandate

RHNA is an acronym that often brings terror to elected county supervisors, city council members, municipal planners and those living in already overpopulated coastal communities. Those letters stand for Regional Housing Needs Assessment. That’s the state mandate of specific numbers of housing units every California town, city and county needs to plan for and facilitate by 2031. The RHNA mandate is a prime example of the top down, “we know best” approach which has become a hallmark of California’s current legislators.

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Marin critics of housing mandates tout auditor’s findings

Marin critics of housing mandates tout auditor’s findings

Marin critics of housing mandates handed down by the state say a new report by California’s auditor validates their objections.

“I applaud the audit,” said Mill Valley resident Susan Kirsch, founder of Catalysts for Local Control. “It is one of the greatest contributions we’ve had to try to get accurate numbers that jurisdictions can rely on.”

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Four Cities File Lawsuit to Stop SB-9

Four Cities File Lawsuit to Stop SB-9

Petitioners/Plaintiffs City of Redondo Beach, City of Carson, City of Torrance, and City of Whittier bring this action to uphold the California Constitution and prevent the State of California from usurping a charter city’s land use authority, which is a uniquely municipal affair.

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California State Auditor releases scathing report on RHNA process

California State Auditor releases scathing report on RHNA process

Report finds housing goals are not supported by evidence
On March 17, Michael S. Tilden, the Acting California State Auditor, issued a blistering critique of the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and its Regional Housing Needs Assessments (RHNA).
The Auditor found problems in the HCD methodology that may have inflated RHNA requirements by hundreds of thousands of housing units.

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Is Social Housing the Answer?

Is Social Housing the Answer?

Bay Area municipalities have been debating for decades whether new housing production or vigorous tenant protections is the best path to ensuring secure places to live for the region’s residents. And yet questions over the long-term efficacy of both of these solutions have largely remained unanswered. Until now.

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NIMBYs Getting a Bad Rap in California

NIMBYs Getting a Bad Rap in California

Tom Elias
VC Star | Ventura County Star
Mon, March 14, 2022, 9:30 AM
Rarely has a major group of Californians suffered a less deserved rash of insults and attacks than the myriad homeowners often described as “NIMBYs” — an acronym for folks who may favor new developments, but “not in my backyard.”

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