Spectrum News – May 18
Los Angeles City Comptroller Ron Galperin called on city leaders to use government-owned properties to house homeless people. Since 2019, Galperin’s office has been monitoring the progress of Prop HHH, the $1.2 billion voter-approved bond measure designed to build 10,000 homes to reduce homelessness in the city. Earlier this year, Galperin reported that only 1,142 units had been built so far and were ready for occupancy at an average cost of $600,000 per unit. Galperin delivered his remarks from a vacant 394,000 square foot property on S. Clovis Avenue in South Los Angeles, one of 26 available lots comprising 1.7 million square feet Galperin’s office identified in January that belongs to the city and could shelter and provide services to homeless people.
NBC San Diego – May 17
After a years-long battle, the San Diego City Council voted last Tuesday to approve a plan to limit the number of short-term vacation rentals in the city. As part of the proposal, a lottery system will be used to determine which owners will receive two-year licenses to rent out their entire homes to vacationers. The regulations are expected to reduce the number of short-term rentals in the city by 48%.
San Francisco Chronicle – May 19
San Francisco would need an additional $1.3 billion to meet state-mandated affordable housing production requirements slated to begin next year, according to a report from the mayor’s office for housing and community development. While San Francisco is still working on its housing element – a housing production plan that every Californian city must complete every eight years – city planners face a daunting task: how to create 82,000 new homes in eight years from 2023 to 2030, including 32,000 that are affordable for very low-income and low-income families.
CNN – May 21
California is about to establish its first new state park in 13 years. The 2,500-acre property, known as Dos Rios Ranch, will likely be donated to California’s state park system by River Partners, a nonprofit that has worked to rehabilitate and reclaim the land after years use as agricultural land. The park will be just 20 minutes from downtown Modesto. Restoring the forest on the property will help reduce the risk of flooding and provide protection from the heat, according to California Department of Parks and Recreation Director Armando Quintero.
Fast Company – May 17
At Google’s recently opened campus in Mountain View, it’s not immediately obvious, but the sprawling canopies of each building are covered with 50,000 small silver “dragon-scale” photovoltaic (solar) panels, designed to optimize the times when they can generate solar energy. during the day. The firm is working with architects from Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio to make the new campus as sustainable as possible. A massive geothermal system, the largest in North America, will also heat and cool buildings without fossil fuels. The buildings’ solar skins, along with local wind power, will help the campus meet Google’s goal of running on 100% carbon-free power, 24/7, by the end of the decade. Right now it runs on 90% carbon-free energy.