The San Francisco Board of Supervisors took on two of the city's most intractable problems in its first meeting of the year - and handed victories to a plan to set aside an unprecedented sum of money to finance affordable housing and a measure to streamline enforcement of laws against sleeping in the parks.
To focus on this issue, Just Cause held a rally on the steps of City Hall on June 14th, before presenting their case in front of City Council at the hearing scheduled to debate the upcoming budget. Just Cause has developed a menu of several Emergency Housing Service programs that it wants the city to fund with $5.68 million from the budget. These services would help to keep low-income renters and homeowners from losing their homes and potentially leaving Oakland. For more information about this campaign, contact Magdalene
The Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) has worked for fifteen years to revitalize the lower Park Slope neighborhood of
Proposition 90 Campaign: It's a Taxpayer Trap!
This November, Californians will vote on one of the most significant measures affecting local governments’ ability to implement progressive legislation to reach the ballot in years. Backers of this initiative want voters to believe that its focus is to "reform eminent domain" but that is just the bait in the trap. Its real goal is to prevent local governments from passing new laws. It would require payment for any new land-use laws adopted throughout the state. This would effectively make it impossible to do any of the following: protect air and water quality; require community benefits from developers; implement any kind of zoning in local neighborhoods; or even pass consumer protection laws.
Meanwhile, after passage of a similar measure in Oregon--a much smaller state--2,000 claims have been filed totaling more than four billion dollars. This figure doesn’t even include the costs to state and local governments to administer the claims. Who pays? Taxpayers. To read more about the coordinated attempt to dismantle environmental and land use protections throughout the American West, visit: http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=16409.
To get involved in the campaign to stop Prop 90, visit www.noprop90.com
Urban Habitat Opposes Proposition 1B and Supports Prop 1C
Urban Habitat’s analysis finds that Proposition 1B (transportation) will put California on a path to more sprawl, increased pollution, and less opportunities for our state’s low-income communities of color while Proposition 1C (housing) provides our state with smart opportunities for economic prosperity and growth, promotes better communities and strengthens equity for all citizens. View Full Report (PDF, 137k)
Anti-Displacement Policy Options & Community Response (Vol.9, No.1)
Gentrification, the wrenching process of neighborhood change, was first named in the 1960s. The name, however did not acknowledge the permanent erasure that takes place when a community loses its memory. Gentrification, or urban blight were policy terms that carried social and racial values, as well as a political and economic agenda. The layered meanings of the language of redevelopment has been understood by many communities that have fought to remain intact. In San Francisco, those communities and their fights for survival are whispered anthems to community struggle; International Hotel, Yerba Buena, Fillmore.
Ask a group of friends to name top sources of energy waste and pollution, and odds are good that no one would answer "my house" or "the place where I work." Yet the fact is that the nation's 5 million commercial facilities and 76 million residential buildings consume more than two-fifths of all our energy. They also account for just over one-third of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions (a chief culprit in climate change), about one-half of sulfur dioxide emissions, one-quarter of nitrous oxide emissions, and one-tenth of particulate emissions (all major contributors to smog and acid rain). The current construction boom is expected to add 38 million new buildings by the end of the decade, compounding the nation's air, waste, and water quality problems. Construction and demolition already generates 136 million tons of waste annually.