Land Use (News)

Brown Sues Pleasanton Over Housing Limit

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

(06-24) 18:14 PDT PLEASANTON -- State Attorney General Jerry Brown joined a
legal challenge Wednesday to Pleasanton's 13-year-old limit on housing
construction, arguing that the East Bay community is defying state housing
laws and adding to urban sprawl, vehicle use and greenhouse gas emissions.

"Pleasanton's draconian and illegal limit on new housing forces people to
commute long distances, adding to the bumper-to-bumper traffic along
(Interstates) 580 and 680 and increasing dangerous air pollution," Brown

Luke Cole - Environmental Justice Lawyer Dies


Luke Cole, a San Francisco attorney who was one of the pioneers in the field of environmental justice - filing lawsuits for poor plaintiffs or people of color whose communities were being ravaged by corporate polluters - died in a head-on car crash Saturday in Uganda. He was 46.

Mr. Cole and his wife, Nancy Shelby, were on vacation and traveling on a rural road in western Uganda about 7:30 a.m. when "a truck veered to Luke's side of the road," said Mr. Cole's father, Herbert "Skip" Cole.

Mr. Cole died, and his wife was injured. She was flown to Amsterdam, where she underwent an eye operation Monday, Herbert Cole said.

California Farmers March for Water

By Rebecca Plevin

Editor's Note: Bob Diedrich, a farmer; Verónica Quinteros, a farmworker; and Felipe González, a business owner, have all been impacted by the lack of water in the Westlands Water District, which covers most of west Fresno County. All three participated in the California March for Water. Watch the videos.

FRESNO, Calif. -- Bob Diedrich uses one word to describe the current situation facing farmers on the west side of Fresno County: "Brutal."

He's not being dramatic.

Diedrich usually farms about 1,100 acres of cotton, dry beans, processing tomatoes, wheat, and almonds on his land in Cantúa Creek.

But this year, Diedrich and other west side farmers were not allocated any water, due to the three-year-long drought and other regulatory decisions.

Bay Trail advocates sue state, Chevron over public access at refinery

The battle to build a public path at the Chevron Richmond refinery has shifted to the courts.

Trail advocates are suing the California State Lands Commission and Chevron, saying the parties failed to provide public access at the refinery in exchange for the oil giant's lease of state land that is closed to residents.

Pleasanton General Plan Delayed again by Housing Cap Dispute

Atty. Gen. Brown, lawsuit contend cap blocks affordable units

Pleasanton Weekly Staff

Community and city leaders started updating the Pleasanton General Plan in 2003, a hoped-for three year process that is just now nearing completion and waiting for final approval by the Planning Commission and City Council within the next few weeks.

But now everyone may have to wait a bit longer. 

Stimulus Should Target Low-Income Urban Areas

SF Gate

The $700-plus billion recovery package being hashed out in Congress has tremendous potential to revive the American economy. But if it moves ahead as designed, I fear it will also further entrench many long-standing inequities of American life.

Advocates for working families welcome Washington's long-overdue interest in our national infrastructure. President-elect Barack Obama and congressional leaders are right to spotlight the deplorable conditions of our roads and bridges.

But potholes on mega-highways are far from the most consequential infrastructure shortfalls facing America.

In low-income urban neighborhoods and rural areas across America, residents are facing the dramatic crumbling of their schools, water lines and public transit systems - the very lifeblood of these communities. This is not simply a matter of inconvenience. Communities like Richmond, West Oakland and San Francisco's Visitacion Valley are being literally cut off from true economic and social opportunity.

Low-income housing complex gets planners' OK

Inside Bay Area

SAN LEANDRO — A 100-unit rental apartment complex for lower-income tenants — described by detractors as a potential "ghetto" and by backers as "the right thing to do for our citizens" — received solid backing from San Leandro's seven planning commissioners Thursday.

The project next to the downtown BART station, the cornerstone of San Leandro's transit-oriented development philosophy, now goes to the City Council on March 2 for a final vote.

Richmond plans threaten Point Isabel

RICHMOND'S PLANNING Commission voted to rezone Point Isabel to accommodate a Kohl's department store with 400 parking spaces. Local developer Oliver Construction, who owns the land, has already vacated the stores and offices on the corner of Central Avenue and Rydin Road. There is constant traffic from Costco and USPS trucks. The dog-park lots are often full. Hundreds of people daily use the area for hiking, cycling, dog walking and bird watching. There are thousands during weekends.

Hunters Point Shipyard SEIS - Public Scoping Meeting a ploy to decieve the Bayview in SF.

Indy Bay

A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) has been prepared by the United States Navy to supplement the already existing 2000 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Navy purports that the proposed building of a brand new stadium and other drastic changes - forces the United States Navy to come out with with new ploy. Behind all this nonsense - the Pacific Heights Mafia, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Senator Diane Feinstein, Congressperson Nancy Pelosi, and the many local sell outs the likes of Supervisor Sophina Maxwell and others like Aurelious Walker.

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