Overview of CA Housing Issues for Climate Activists - Shared screen with speaker view
Claudine, 350 East Bay
MaryRuth, 350Bay Area and 350 Bay Area Action, Richmond
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Nancy, Sonoma, active in Sonoma Ecology Center, Greenbelt Alliance (Committee for Measure W—local UGB) and Sonoma Mountain Preservation
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Karen Harrington, 350 Bay Area and Bay Area Action. Berkeley
Emily Merfeld, 350 Bay Area, Millbrae
Masada Disenhouse, SanDiego350, she/her
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Ben Keller, 350 Bay Area, Oakland
RHNA = Regional Housing Needs Assessment
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3 Ps - Protection, Preservation and Production
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Do environmental protections re: housing apply equally across housing categories?
Jeff, I was curious about your discussion on the purchase of existing affordable housing, which is then run by a tenants' co-op (or non-profit?). Do you have any specific examples of this and how it was done?
Water, trash collection, parks requirements, clean air, industrial pollution…
And yet VMT is still going up sharply a decade after SB 375 (not counting this year).
Ruth- ARB has to do a study under SB 150 on regional planning on SB 375 and most regions have NOT been meeting their climate/ VMT goals—not even close. https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/resources/documents/tracking-progress.
What do I say to the nimbies in Marin who are gung-ho to house the homeless by buying a few hotels, but not the climate destroying 62,000 service workers in Marin who drive to Marin daily to work. That climate destruction is on the heads of the no new mid level housing folks in Marin. How do we change this, capture their minds, for the climate?
Can counties and cities create policies that state that if a development is over a certain number of units, they have to include multifamily low income?
League of Women Voters California has formed a new Housing & Homelessness Committee for advocacy. We also have a new Homelessness Action policy. If you are looking for allies do contact your local League.
This is an incredibly good presentation. Thank you!
Berkeley is working with developers to show that taking natural gas out of new bldgs. CAN be cheaper. Some affordable housing is being done greener but you still need subsidies!
What changes in Land Use Planning are needed to support affordable housing and climate resiliency beyond more dense zoning?
How would AB345-related land-use changes be assessed for suitability for the Surplus Land Act?
good book on this — Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing (Walker Wells)
Kathy - like most of these 'fears' it might not be based on fact but could dangerously supplement the other prejudices against transit
Low Affordable housing has traditionally been near transportation because it was noisy, dirty and crowded. I know that the new building will not necessarily suffer from those problems, we need to make sure they aren’t therefor being exposed to pollution, noise, and congestion, plus danger from train crossings.
Thanks so much for everyone for joining us tonight. This is a huge & important topic, that we have a lot more to learn about.
Great point Jeff!
Thank you all 4 panelists
Thank you so much, this was outstanding!