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January 9, 2020

Opinion: SB 50 is back. If you care about California’s housing crisis, give it a chance this time (LA Times - Jan 7)

Senate Bill 50 is back, and California lawmakers have a little over three weeks to demonstrate that they are serious about solving the state’s debilitating housing shortage...

January 9, 2020

Pricey California Targeted in New Effort for Housing Density (Bloomberg - Jan 6)

A fight over how to fix California’s worst-in-the-nation housing shortage is about to heat up again in Sacramento...

January 9, 2020

California lawmaker again taking aim at single-family zoning (LA Times - Jan 6)

California lawmakers will once again debate a contentious measure that could radically increase housing growth in the state after a legislator revamped his proposal to allow construction of mid-rise apartment complexes near transit and fourplexes in single-family neighborhoods...

January 9, 2020

Scott Wiener tries to save SB50 housing bill with local control changes (SF Chronicle - Jan 6)

Seeking to revive a fiercely fought bill that would boost construction of apartment buildings and condominiums, state Sen. Scott Wiener introduced changes Monday designed to disarm cities’ objections that the measure would remove their control over neighborhood character...

January 9, 2020

California housing bill gets major makeover — and it gives local governments more control (The Sacramento Bee - Jan 6)

Last year, California local governments effectively blocked the broadest proposal out of the Legislature that attempted to boost home construction across the state.

This year, lawmakers behind that bill are trying to win over cities and counties by promising them a lot more control over their zoning laws...

 

January 9, 2020

Last year’s hottest housing fight just got resurrected — here’s what to know (CalMatters - Jan 6)

Sen. Scott Wiener's housing density bill is back in the pipeline, with amendments to appeal to the suburban homeowners, local governments, and anti-gentrification groups that twice sank it.  Will the third time be the charm?

January 9, 2020

Sen. Scott Wiener makes changes to controversial housing bill (The Mercury News - Jan 6)

The updated version of SB 50 would give cities at least two years to develop their own policies...

 

December 17, 2019

What You Need to Know About Trans Awareness Month (Out – Nov 3)

“San Francisco marked the beginning of Transgender Awareness Month by lighting up City Hall in the trans flag colors and raising the trans flag over the building….Senator Wiener also read the names of some of the transgender people who were slain this year. At least 22 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been killed this year….”

December 17, 2019

Scott Wiener Talks Major Housing, Property Tax Issues for 2020 (San Jose Spotlight – Nov 7)

“Three years into his role serving in the California State Senate, Scott Wiener has made a major name for himself, creating excited fans and vocal critics of his highly controversial housing bills aimed at spurring more development across the Golden State. But sometimes, the towering 49-year-old senator admits, he misses being in the middle of the local action, having cut his teeth in politics on the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, and in county and regional transportation leadership roles.”

December 17, 2019

California Bill Would Ban Early Surgery to ‘Fix’ Intersex Children (SF Chronicle – Nov 8)

“David Cameron Strachan never knew he had an extra female X chromosome until a doctor told him at age 29….  Now 72 and a longtime advocate for others who are intersex — people whose sex anatomy doesn’t fit typical definitions of female or male — Strachan backs a bill by Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco that would make California the first state to outlaw operations on young children to ‘normalize’ their genitalia.”