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Old 05-15-2019, 09:09 AM
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Wealthy Bay Area suburbs could have a whole new look under California housing bill

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When Paul Wickboldt moved to the Bay Area from Boston more than two decades ago, he settled in Walnut Creek for the same reasons many families choose the suburbs: good public schools, safety, a backyard for the kids to play in, and the pleasure of knowing his neighbors.

“There’s a different level of anonymity that you have living in an urban environment,” he said.

With his group, Walnut Creek for Controlled Growth, Wickboldt has lobbied to preserve that quality of life as the city has grown in recent years to accommodate the Bay Area’s economic boom.


Now he worries those decisions may be taken out of Walnut Creek’s hands by SB50, which would loosen local control over housing development. The bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has generated controversy for its aggressive approach to tackling California’s housing shortage by promoting taller and denser construction, especially around public transit.

But it’s not just neighborhoods near major transit stops that could be transformed. Provisions in the bill that have gotten far less attention would essentially eliminate single-family zoning in the state by allowing any home or vacant lot in a residential area to be converted to up to four units.

“Many of us still consider this a suburb,” Wickboldt said. “And there’s a concern that we would grow in density in areas where we would lose that.”

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In more populous counties, SB50 would also direct the state to designate “jobs-rich areas” — wealthy census tracts close to good schools and employment opportunities — where density restrictions would be eliminated. That would open the door for the construction of apartment buildings in places that have traditionally been limited to single-family homes, provided they met other local design standards such as height limits.

It could lead to significant change for much of central Contra Costa and eastern Alameda counties, stretching from Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Lafayette down through Alamo, Danville and San Ramon to Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore.

According to a statewide analysis by UC Berkeley researchers, which Wiener’s office cites to explain which neighborhoods are likely to be affected by SB50, nearly all the land in these cities is in a “jobs-rich area.” Unlike the large swaths of San Francisco and bay shoreline cities that fall into this category, mass transit options beyond the East Bay hills tend to be limited — especially in communities not connected to BART.

Wiener said this part of SB50 is intended to ensure that well-to-do suburbs contribute to solving the state’s housing shortage. Last year, when he unsuccessfully carried a version of the measure focused mostly on raising height limits around public transit, he heard concerns that it would have a disproportionate effect on low-income communities.

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First off, I dunno anything about Ca./SF and region....BUT I assume the housing is under much pressure due to the fires.....second off I know from following FB group Bethesda Chevy Chase Back In The Day.....us old farts who got older in the region just outside Wash DC, and the total destruction of the old town/region/commercial district/small town atmosphere.....witch has gone into a NYC type atmosphere now, totally not recognizable by anyone.....they turned it into a shithole, that damn simple.....

so do not think that Ca. is alone in dealing with literal **** on the streets.....
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Now they can build a shack in the backyards to house those illegal families they love.
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More tax revenue...

They are broke, find a way to take in more taxes.

Pretty simple...
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Amusing that this law apparently wouldn't apply to places like Malibu or Beverly Hills, despite having very large lots conducive to multi-family development, as they aren't "job-rich."
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My take away; a liberal from Boston moves to a liberal state and continues to vote liberal and now bitches about liberal politicians. You get what you vote for.
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My take away; a liberal from Boston moves to a liberal state and continues to vote liberal and now bitches about liberal politicians. You get what you vote for.
Sounds about right.
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If this is the price of "cultural progress" as defined by CA liberals, forget it.
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Amusing that this law apparently wouldn't apply to places like Malibu or Beverly Hills, despite having very large lots conducive to multi-family development, as they aren't "job-rich."
This idea would not apply to any of the elite areas including select areas within the so called "job" areas. Liberal elites here live by the motto "Do as I say, not as I do".
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My take away; a liberal from Boston moves to a liberal state and continues to vote liberal and now bitches about liberal politicians. You get what you vote for.
Yes, they are retards.
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Coming soon to CA:
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Weiner is a ********. Just another idiot lib.
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You can bet Feinstein and Pelosi’s San Francisco houses will be exempt. Tourist buses aren’t even allowed to drive past them. Dem privilege?
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Democrats making sure that they stay in power forever....
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Wealthy Bay Area suburbs could have a whole new look under California housing bill

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When Paul Wickboldt moved to the Bay Area from Boston more than two decades ago, he settled in Walnut Creek for the same reasons many families choose the suburbs: good public schools, safety, a backyard for the kids to play in, and the pleasure of knowing his neighbors.
In the late 1970's, early 1980's my job "back east" at Hqtrs. was to travel all across the country doing operational audits at specific company locations. In California our site was Concord and surrounding locations.

We often had to travel south down one of the expressways to get down to places like Half Moon Bay. I will never forget the first time I laid eyes on this one particular high end community of very expensive homes near Walnut Creek that had a security wall stretching along the expressway that ran for at least a mile or more.

All along the wall facing the highway was graffiti of all sorts and all different quality of "artwork" blending together into a jumbled mess that was practically indecipherable as we rushed along at 65mph.

But suddenly there was a clear spot bracketing a slogan that was painted in large letters, done in superb quality and easily readable from the passing vehicles. The slogan was........ HELP HASTEN CAPITALISM INTO ITS GRAVE ........

Everyone in our group was going WTF as we passed by. We couldn't understand how the people living on the inside of the wall could abide having such BS defining their community as folks wizzed by everyday.
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In the late 1970's, early 1980's my job "back east" at Hqtrs. was to travel all across the country doing operational audits at specific company locations. In California our site was Concord and surrounding locations.... We couldn't understand how the people living on the inside of the wall could abide having such BS defining their community as folks wizzed by everyday.


what choice did they have
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Hmmmm...so they are going to pass a law that changes zoning but they can't change covenants that run with the land and I assume that includes community associations.

The other question is what would zoning changes do to property values? If it dropped them significantly, there goes a chunk of the tax base.

Cali legislators are some of the dumbest MFers on the planet.
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Here in the Los Angeles area, I think in the low income areas, people are being allowed to convert garages into living areas or build small houses In back yards. This is just a part of California inevitable degeneration into a third world country.

Victor Hanson Davis talks about this. He had to renovate his 5th generation family home's septic system. He talks of hassles with zoning regulations, while a short distance down the road there was a shanty town where zoning regulations were completely unenforced; outhouses, extension cords on the ground providing electrical power to the shacks/trailers. The country zoning inspector said they had no way of enforcing zoning regulations in these shanty towns.

Apparently a lot of places in California's central valley are taking on the appearance of rural Mexico.
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Why does the title state "Statewide", yet the link says "Bay Area Suburbs"?

Sounds like more stirring the pot by the OP who doesn't even live anywhere near California.

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