SB 592: The Snake in the Grass

A “gut and amend” technically may be legal but it is not necessarily moral or good governance. The gut and amend of SB 592 bespeaks of a legislator unable to accept consensus and all too willing to plan ahead and prepare bills that can then serve as vehicles for these kinds of legislative maneuvers. SB 592 is such a bill.


San Jose Adding 7 Million Square Feet of Office Space

Huge office complexes are being actively pursued in downtown San Jose. Millions of square feet of office space, enough to nearly double the size of downtown San Jose’s office inventory, is in the development pipeline.


Wiener’s Gut & Amend Tactics 1

Just today (Thursday 6/13), Senator Scott Wiener did what we had heard and predicted that he would do — he gutted SB 592 held at the Assembly Desk since May 24, 2019 — and amended it to a new “Housing Accountability Act” now set for hearing on July 3, 2019 at 9:15 am before the Assembly Housing Committee.


Regional housing plan boomerangs

More than a decade ago, Bay Area regional planning agencies launched a growth strategy intended to concentrate new jobs and housing at designated sites close to transit — so-called Priority Development Areas or PDAs.