Local News RoundUp
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July 14, 2016
CAP & TRADE
California's key climate change program aims for new life (Los Angeles Times)
In advance of a political showdown in the state Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration made its first formal effort Tuesday to extend the life of the program central to California’s bid to combat climate change. The California Air Resources Board, which is controlled by the governor, released a plan that would continue the state’s cap-and-trade program to cut carbon emissions beyond 2020, the date when the program currently expires.
Field Poll finds most in Bay Area optimistic about state (San Francisco Chronicle)
Bay Area residents have the most upbeat assessment of California’s prospects, with a Field Poll released Thursday
finding 65 percent of those voters feel the state is headed in the right direction. While regional moods vary — inland counties hold a more negative than positive view of the state’s future — overall the poll found 52 percent of California voters believe the state is generally moving in the right direction.
TRANSPORTATION / INFRASTRUCTURE
Local control of Ontario International Airport headed for President Obama's signature (Los Angeles Times)
Ownership of Ontario International Airport will be transferred to San Bernardino County and the city of Ontario once President Obama signs legislation that passed the Senate on Wednesday.
Cash-strapped towns are un-paving roads they can’t afford to fix (Wired)
Transportation agencies in at least 27 states have unpaved roads, according to a new report from the National Highway Cooperative Highway Research program. They’ve done the bulk of that work in the past five years.
Santa Monica convicts its first Airbnb host under tough home-sharing laws (Los Angeles Times)
Santa Monica, which last year passed some of the nation’s toughest regulations on short-term rentals, has now convicted its first Airbnb host under the new law, prosecutors said.
WATER / DROUGHT
House sets stage for post-election showdown over California water (The Sacramento Bee)
The House’s actions mean House and Senate negotiators will once again confront technical and highly consequential California water language when they work out a final federal government funding package.
Quick thinking may have saved SGV water wells from drying up this summer (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
When a pipeline’s key valve stopped working last winter, engineers devised a work-around that is delivering billions of gallons of water to the shrinking aquifer -- saving several wells used by the cities of Azusa and Glendora from going dry.
Menlo Park relaxes water restrictions (Menlo Park Almanac)
The Menlo Park Municipal Water District was recognized for registering the highest cumulative water savings in California between June and August 2015, cutting its water use 47 percent below 2013 levels.
Long Beach residents still saving water despite loosened drought restrictions (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Despite loosened water restrictions, Long Beach residents used 16 percent less water in June compared the same month two years ago, city officials reported.
Opinion: Planning for California’s water future (Water Deeply)
California’s highly engineered water system struggles to serve its 39 million people and the environment. But there a numerous things we can do to better plan for the future, writes Mark Cowin, director of the Department of Water Resources.
9,779 more homes (Manteca Bulletin)
Enough housing units are now on the development playing board to turn Manteca into a city of 105,000 residents if they are all built. And nowhere will the transformation of the landscape from open fields, almond orchards and vineyards to housing tracts and apartments be greater than south of the 120 Bypass where 8,274 housing units are targeted to be built.
Facebook may pour $6.3 million into affordable housing in Menlo Park (Palo Alto Daily News)
Facebook may put a $6.3 million fee it owes Menlo Park for a planned campus expansion directly into an affordable housing development instead of a city account for similar projects in the future.
USDA awards $3 million loan for affordable farm housing in Bakersfield (KERO)
The USDA awarded a total of $26 million to nine affordable rental communities in four states: California, Florida, Kansas, and Texas. The funding will support 439 rental units.
First-of-its-kind report details code enforcement cases in SF homes (San Francisco Examiner)
Over three, there were 36,466 housing code violations, which means housing inspectors confirmed the complaint in their inspections and cited the owner for those violations.
Lottery slots awarded for SF LGBT senior housing (The Bay Area Reporter)
More than 1,800 people have applied for 31 rooms in the city's first affordable housing development intended for LGBT seniors.
Mountain View residents push for historically elusive rent control (Peninsula Press)
Calls for rent control in Mountain View date to the 1970s. Rent control advocates face well-funded and well-organized opposition in the form of landlords’ organizations like the California Apartment Association and the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.
HOMELESSNESS / POVERTY
Ventura council approves homelessness recommendations (Ventura County Star)
In a victory for homeless advocates, the Ventura City Council took the first step toward allowing an emergency shelter with wraparound services within city limits. The council also agreed to continue to work closely with the county on a coordinated system of entry and care for homeless people and to push on developing a housing program for veterans.
Advocates: Some homeless simply can’t work their way up (Eureka Times-Standard)
While many people believe homelessness can be solved if all the houseless people got jobs, according to some homeless advocates and service providers, some of Humboldt County’s houseless have serious mental health issues that make them unemployable.
Opinion: L.A. has 46,874 people who are homeless. If we're not smart, we'll have 250,000 more (Los Angeles Times)
Our local elected officials — city and county — have admirably committed more than $250 million to emergency housing and services for people experiencing homelessness — absolutely essential programs. At the same time, though, we must become much more aggressive in our effort to stanch the flow of people — thousands each month — who end up on the street when they are evicted, when they exit foster care, escape domestic violence, or are released from jail.
JOBS / ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Disney gets $267 million from city to build $450-a-night hotel (Bloomberg)
The City Council voted three to one to approve the deal, which will return 70 percent of the lodging tax generated by the hotel to Disney as an incentive for the company to go forward with the project. The property will have an assessed value of $411 million and cost guests about $450 a night, according to a summary of the proposal on the city’s website.
Cathedral City puts medical pot tax expansion on Nov. ballot (The Palm Springs Desert Sun)
Cathedral City voters will consider a ballot amendment about revising the city’s medical marijuana tax ordinance this November, asking if they want to expand the tax to all legal cannabis businesses at a rate of “$25 per square foot of cultivation space, and $1 for every gram of cannabis concentrate and every unit of cannabis-infused product," in order to fund municipal services including police and fire services and the library.
Green rush: Grover Beach's changing stance on marijuana draws the attention of outside interests (New Times San Luis Obispo)
Fresh off the heels of a rushed vote to ban commercial cultivation earlier this year, the city council changed its tune and asked staff to begin moving forward with developing regulations that would allow for a wide range of commercial cannabis operations including cultivation, testing, and even brick-and-mortar retail stores
Cloverdale seeks to join growing number of California cities taxing marijuana (The Press Democrat)
Besides Cloverdale, a number of cities in California are moving ahead with November ballot measures to tax marijuana, including Santa Barbara, Grover Beach in San Luis Obispo County and Fillmore in Ventura County. Currently, there are at least 18 California cities with commercial marijuana taxes on the books that can be collected in addition to state taxes.
Editorial: Don't make marijuana California's cash cow (Los Angeles Times)
Elected officials are increasingly counting on marijuana to fund public programs without considering the consequences of jacking up the price of legally purchased pot.
CITY PLANNING / DEVELOPMENT
Port favors $1.2B spire plan to replace Seaport Village (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Seaport San Diego, a $1.2 billion replacement with a 500-foot spire for Seaport Village, won near unanimous support from the San Diego Unified Port District.
UCD to build first 50 West Village homes by 2018 (The Davis Enterprise)
UC Davis announced it will re-engage with its plan to build housing units for faculty and staff in West Village, a planned zero-net-energy community that sits on university property.
A new life for urban alleys (Citylab)
Cities from Los Angeles to Baltimore to Seattle are rethinking their alleyways and transforming dead ends into places of connectivity and productivity.
California rejects Volkswagen recall for 3-liter diesel cars (AP)
The California Air Resources Board has rejected Volkswagen’s plan to recall vehicles with 3-liter diesel engines, calling the proposal incomplete and deficient.
LA’s ‘cool roof’ mandate removes some green from homeowners’ wallets (Los Angeles Daily News)
The idea behind “cool roofs” is that light colors reflect the sun’s energy, while dark colors “capture” the sun’s energy and contribute to the “urban heat island effect,” the tendency of cities to be warmer than neighboring areas that have more greenery and less pavement.
The port that fuels L.A.'s economy and fouls its air gets a pollution-reduction team (Los Angeles Times)
The 10-member Sustainable Freight Advisory Board, made up of representatives from industry, environmental groups, labor, and air quality agencies, will advise the city-owned port on how to work with manufacturers to develop and deploy cleaner trucks, trains, ships and cargo-handling equipment.
Monterey battles residents over energy-efficient light bulbs (Monterey County Weekly)
In late 2009, the city of Monterey tried to get a jump on California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 by changing streetlights throughout the city to energy-efficient light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. But since 2012, the city has been fighting a lawsuit from a group of residents called Turn Down The Lights, who claim the new lights are too bright and the city did not perform proper environmental reviews.
CITY IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Mayor: Fremont 'no longer the Bay Area's best kept secret' (The Milpitas Post)
In its 60th year, Fremont is reflecting on and honoring its history while keeping an eye on upcoming accomplishments, Mayor Bill Harrison said in his annual State of the City address.
Fremont: City plans for major work on state Route 84 to transform Centerville (Bay Area News Group)
In its effort to make the Centerville District more vibrant and welcoming to future downtown residents, the city of Fremont is seeking millions of dollars to improve state Route 84 and eventually plans to take it over from Caltrans.
Cerritos looks to make more money from its red-light cameras (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
Cerritos is one of only a few cities in the Long Beach area that still operates red-light cameras, which can lead to fines of $490 per violation. Los Alamitos also has the cameras, which have been criticized by some as being ineffective at reducing collisions and imposing overzealous fines on the public. Supporters argue the cameras enhance safety at intersections by reducing broadside collisions.
Exeter, County to settle fire tax lawsuit (The Foothills Sun-Gazette)
The Exeter City Council approved a settlement agreement with the County of Tulare to receive half a million dollars in back fire taxes, amend its contract for fire station staffing with the Tulare County Fire Department and end a lawsuit over the issues filed by the City last October.
City wants to stick shooting's family victim with $12,000 document bill (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Lawyers defending the city in a lawsuit over the police shooting of a man in San Diego’s Midway District last year are contesting a federal judge’s order to turn over records of other shootings by officers — and arguing the family of the dead man should have to pay thousands of dollars for the documents.