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Bay Area Region

Court Strikes Down Pleasanton Housing Cap, Orders Rezoning For Housing Near Jobs, Transit

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 03/30/2010 - 4:48pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 15, 2010
CONTACT: Wynn Hausser, 415-431-7430 x304

Court Strikes Down Pleasanton Housing Cap, Orders Rezoning For Housing Near Jobs, Transit

Pleasanton, CA — In a major affordable housing victory, Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch has ruled that the City of Pleasanton’s Housing Cap violates state law. In the first ruling of its kind, the court also ordered the city to complete re-zoning that is required by state law so that it can meet its share of the region’s affordable housing.

WHO ASKED US?—Young People on Budget Cuts and Their Futures

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 03/19/2010 - 11:48am

On March 4, young people, parents and teachers in more than 30 states marched to protest budget cuts to public education. The demonstrations were particularly widespread in California, where massive budget cuts have crippled elementary schools, high schools, community colleges and universities.

Three young people--in Fresno, San Francisco and San Jose--speak to how the budget cuts are affecting them and why they supported the massive protests.


Dasen Thao, 18, Freshman, California State University, Fresno

Judge Calls Pleasanton Housing Cap Illegal

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:24pm
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PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) ― An Alameda County Judge says the city of Pleasanton's voter-approved cap on the number of residences in the city violates state law and must be changed.

Voters had approved a ballot measure in 1996 capping the number of residences in the Silicon Valley city at 29,000. The city now has more than 27,000.

Council delays response to court ruling invalidating Pleasanton's housing cap

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:07pm

Ruling bars city from issuing building permits to commercial builders, but gives home builders freeer rein


The Pleasanton City Council delayed any action last night in response to an Alameda County court ruling that invalidated the city's 14-year-old housing cap.

The ruling immediately halted all commercial building in Pleasanton after Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch determined that the cap, which had limited the total number of homes and apartments allowed to be built in the city to no more than 29,000 units, violates state law and is invalid.

Coalition urges free bus passes for students in Bay Area

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 11:58am

Organizers said many students face a financial hardship paying for bus fares or passes to ride to and from school.

In the East Bay, AC Transit charges youths $1 per bus ride or $15 for a monthly bus pass, while many other agencies charge more.

Pressure builds to save Muni

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 4:15pm


Widespread frustration with Muni service cuts and fare hikes – passionately expressed by the public on Friday at a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency meeting that continues tomorrow (Tuesday, March 2, starting at noon in City Hall Room 400) – has prompted a surprisingly diverse backlash.

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