Scott Wiener

Scooters are not the end of the world

“New things can happen in a good way”<p>Electric scooters, a seemingly simple device to transport people short distances, have taken the Bay Area by storm. However, after the electric scooters landed on city sidewalks less than a month ago—rented and owned by Bird, Lime, and Spin—the internet has lit …

San Francisco

Today’s Headlines

• BART-Oriented Housing Bill (Curbed)<br>• Scott Wiener’s Not Done Working on Housing (BizTimes, SFChron)<br>• Sculpture Taller than Housing in Hayes Valley …

Sustainable Transport

Senator behind California’s most ambitious housing bill debriefs on its defeat in committee

<i>State Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) speaks to an attendee at an Abundant Housing LA event. ; Credit: Josie Huang/KPCC</i>AirTalk®Despite gaining …

San Francisco

How they voted on bill to build more housing near public transit

How members of the state Senate Transportation and Housing Committee voted on Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB827 on Tuesday. The bill would have made it more …

Transit

L.A. has made the wrong decisions on affordable housing. That's why we need SB 827

<b>To the editor:</b> The Times Editorial Board is incorrect. ("Yes, California has a housing crisis. But killing community planning isn't how democracy should work," editorial, April 7)<p>Cities in this region have surrendered to NIMBYs who want to retain the open-space, ranch-style housing model. Most of …

Housing

High-rise apartments stripped from controversial California housing bill

A closely watched bill to force California cities to allow high-rise apartment buildings near public transit has been downsized.<p>The changes to Senate …

Housing

How state Sen. Scott Wiener became obsessed with housing: Q&A

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Scott Wiener blames California’s housing woes on its attachment to low-density, single-family neighborhoods — and local …

San Francisco Bay Area

S.F. Supervisors Oppose SB 827 - April 3, 2018

State Senator Scott Wiener’s former chambers, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, adopted a resolution calling on him to fundamentally amend or …

San Francisco

Is There Hope for California’s Housing Crisis? | Best States | US News

LOS ANGELES -- Ellen Tara James-Penney is passionate about her job. An adjunct English professor at San Jose State University since 2014, she enjoys …

Housing

Activists Urge Supervisors To Oppose Bill That Would Add Housing Near Transit

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)<p>San Francisco housing activists opposing a bill that aims to increase housing near public transit statewide called on the city's Board of Supervisors today to take a stance against it.<p>But the group's calls were drowned out at times by other housing activists in support of Senate …

Housing

Mayor Farrell gives hints of political ambition

San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell has insisted in interviews that his current stint in the city’s top job will mark the end of his political career.<p>But behind the scenes, he appears to be positioning himself for the possibility of a run in 2019. Some people even say he’s taken steps to boost his …

Marc Benioff

Community reacts to developer’s plan for old Vallco mall

Regardless of whether the Cupertino community likes or hates the newest plan to remake the Vallco Shopping Mall — and the reaction has been mixed so …

Urban Design

In SF mayor’s race, Breed gets Wiener’s endorsement, but Leno has it too

State Sen. <b>Scott Wiener</b>, D-San Francisco, endorsed Supervisor <b>London Breed</b>’s mayoral bid on Monday during a brief campaign rally at Jane Warner Plaza …

San Francisco

SF’s Mayor’s Race Nears Homestretch

<b>Breed Wins Key Endorsements, Kim Stays Strong</b><p>With absentee voting in the San Francisco’s mayor’s race beginning May 5, the three leading candidates …

Government

California's Housing Prices Need to Come Down

Shifting control of housing decisions from local to state oversight could be a way to slow the rise of California’s house prices. A newly proposed bill, SB 827, is a step in that direction.<p>Housing in California has been appreciating much more quickly than in the aggregate of the U.S. for about half …

Urban Design

Editorial: What housing crisis?

From seven-figure median home prices to tent camps taking over parks and sidewalks, the ravages of California’s housing crisis are pervasive. But there is a place where the problem hardly exists: the campaign trail.<p>Sure, the candidates for governor and other posts are full of declarations about the …

Los Angeles

Berkeley mayor: ‘I am committed to building housing on the Berkeley BART parking lot’

East Bay city starts to see the light<p>From eschewing apartments in favor of zucchini gardens to pipe dreams of issuing its own cryptocurrency, Berkeley’s track record on quashing the housing crisis is, at best, spotty. But that may be changing.<p>Although it’s a national leader on environmental and …

Housing

Silicon Valley Execs Champion Controversial Housing Bill

California is bracing for a high-profile fight over the state's housing crisis. It's a clash that pits Silicon Valley technology executives, who want …

Silicon Valley

LA City Council opposes state housing bill

LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to oppose proposed state legislation that would allow developers to build housing projects …

Urban Design

The Debate Over a New Citizenship Question Isn't the First Census Fight. Here's Why the Count Is Controversial

On Tuesday, the Department of Commerce announced that a question on citizenship would be added to the 2020 census, which that agency oversees. While …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Female Democratic senators are coming to Hollywood to raise money

Mar. 27, 2018, 7:00 a.m.<p>2018 election<br>• California Democrats<br>• U.S. Senate race<p>Prominent female Democratic senators from across the country plan to visit Los Angeles for a star-studded fundraiser during a three-city West Coast swing, according to an invitation obtained by The Times.<p>The April 20 …

Mazie Hirono

A mile from Apple HQ, housing proposal for dying Cupertino mall sparks fight

In the shadow of Apple’s glamorous new headquarters, a pitched battle for housing is playing out.<p>A developer, Sand Hill Property Co., has been trying for four years to build homes on one of the most attractive sites in Silicon Valley, a dying mall barely a mile from where thousands of Apple …

Urban Design

California election official says Tony Mendoza can't call himself a 'state senator' on the June ballot

The California secretary of state has rejected Tony Mendoza’s proposed ballot designation of “state senator” in the June election, saying it is deceptive because he resigned from the Senate last month amid allegations of sexual harassment.<p>Mendoza, a Democrat from Artesia, resigned under threat that …

California

The obscure California housing law almost everyone wants to fix

It’s a little-known, wonky state housing requirement <b></b>that almost every town, city and county fails.<p>It’s the bedrock for planning and building badly …

Housing

How much more can be built in Los Angeles?

Now, a bill under consideration in Sacramento would upend that arrangement, allowing multistory apartments and condominiums in neighborhoods where …

California

California joins other states to demand answers from Facebook on Cambridge Analytica's use of personal data

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra joined counterparts from 33 other states in demanding Monday that Facebook explain how personal information from millions of people was used without their consent by a political consulting firm with ties to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.<p>The letter …

California

Plan to dramatically increase development would transform some L.A. neighborhoods

For decades, the question of where Los Angeles should build housing has been a local matter.<p>Real estate developers have mostly relied on an elaborate …

Urban Design

Letter: Cities caused housing crisis, SB 827 fixes it

Cities caused housing<br>crisis, SB 827 fixes it<p>I am sick of seeing my friends driven out of California by the high rents and by the impossibility of …

Housing

BART art critics nix nudity in posters for Casanova show

As BART whizzed past, <b>Ken Maley</b> noticed that posted on the walls of Montgomery Street Station was a large ad for “Casanova: The Seduction of Europe,” …

San Francisco

Scott Wiener’s housing bill would give state veto power over cities’ plans

Image 1of/3<p>Caption<p>Close<p>SACRAMENTO — Everyone agrees California badly needs more housing. Few dispute that creating homes near mass transit would take …

Urban Design