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HOW BURROWING OWLS LEAD TO VOMITING ANARCHISTS (OR SF’S HOUSING CRISIS EXPLAINED)

04/18/14

Really, really good, really long article about the affordable housing crisis that focuses on San Francisco but has relevance for all cities in California, especially, but also nationwide. Too hard to sum up here but the basic take-away is that the problem of affordability is REALLY COMPLICATED (concluded my Move LA colleague and affordable housing expert Beth Steckler) and rent control, the Ellis Act and Prop 13 are just a very few of the reasons that rents are too darn high. Read it while on a long bus or rail ride . . .

By Kim-Mai Cutler on Techcrunch.com.

CURBED LA: LA IS IN A RENTAL CRISIS

04/17/14

Forget buying a place to live — you can’t even find a place to rent in Los Angeles. And Los Angelenos have to spend an average of 47% of median income on the median rent — which leaves not very much left over for transportation, food, health care and … MORE

CURBED LA: GARCETTI ANNOUNCES 6 OF 15 LA STREETS GETTING PEOPLE-FRIENDLY MAKEOVERS

04/17/14

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced in his State of the City address that Crenshaw Boulevard in South LA, Figueroa Street in downtown LA, Gaffey Street in San Pedro, Reseda Boulevard, Van Nuys Boulevard and Westwood Boulevard (in Reseda, Van Nuys and Westwood) would be 6 of the 15 streets … MORE

PEOPLE OF COLOR DISPROPORTIONATELY HURT BY AIR POLLUTION

04/17/14

A new study by the University of Minnesota has found that in most places in the U.S. lower-income non-white people breathe more polluted air than higher-income whites — on average 38% more, resulting in an additional 7,000 deaths among non-whites. The study finds that race plays a bigger role … MORE

NYT: MEDIAN RENT IS A BIGGER SHARE OF MEDIAN INCOME IN LA THAN ANY OTHER CITY

04/17/14

The median rent takes 47% of the median income in Los Angeles, according to the New York Times — more than in any other US city. For rent and utilities to be considered affordable they are supposed to take up no more than 30% of household income. The real … MORE

SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM STEINBERG PROPOSES USING CAP & TRADE $BILLIONS$ TO CREATE PERMANENT SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR TRANSIT AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

04/15/14

Clearly California Senate Leader Darrel Steinberg has been listening to housing and transit advocates and he understands the problem: Both transit and affordable housing near transit are key to creating sustainable communities that can help meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, but there’s no money. Housing bond funds … MORE

LA TIMES: EVICTIONS FROM RENT-CONTROLLED UNITS ON THE RISE IN LA AND SF

04/14/14

An increasing number of rent-controlled units are being converted to condos or torn down in order to allow developers to put up new, bigger condominiums or apartment buildings or clusters of single family homes, leaving a dwindling supply and fewer affordable options for residents of LA County, the LA … MORE

COMMUNITY PARTNERS CALLS MOVE LA “A SUCCESS STORY”

04/08/14

You know the reasons: For building and maintaining the business-labor-enviro coalition that helped the Measure R half-cent sales tax for transportation win 2/3 voter approval in November of 2008 . . .

On the Community Partners website.

 

WASHINGTON POST: THIS IS WHAT FANTASY PLANS FOR 21ST CENTURY PUBLIC TRANSIT SHOULD LOOK LIKE

04/08/14

Nope, not talking about LA County’s Measure R2 plans, but about Chicago’s “Transit Future” campaign, which was inspired by LA’s success with Measure R and launched last week with the help of former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Move LA Executive Director Denny Zane. Writer Emily Badger (formerly with … MORE

CURBED LA: “HERE’S [MOVE LA'S] AMAZING LA RAIL MAP THAT MEASURE R2 COULD FUND”

04/08/14

 

Curbed LA publishes Move LA’s “straw man” rail map and framework of projects that could be funded by Measure R2, a 45-year half-cent sales tax, with:
*  30% ($27 billion) for expanding rail transit
*  4% ($4.5 billion) for Metrolink modernization
*  20% ($18 billion) for operations
*  20% ($18 billion) for highways … MORE