Housing & Homelessness (News)

Let's Revisit the CyberTran Plan

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 1:16pm

By Jeffrey R. Smith

As many local residents know: Alameda is an island. But that could change: it may become an atoll, a shoal or an oyster bed. Many residents are also aware that fuel prices are rapidly catching up to the prices of table wines: a gallon of the carbonated pink Catawba currently sells for less than $5!

Small Band Fights Big Development

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 10:36am

A group of San Leandro residents who don’t support the construction of hundreds of new housing units as part of the Transit- Oriented Development (TOD) has banded together to fight the project.

Estudillo Estates resident Frank Lynn started a group called “Save San Leandro” to protest the San Leandro Crossings project that is part of the TOD plan. They say city officials don’t listen to the public’s opinion.

Eliminating California's suburban sprawl

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 10:00pm

For 30 years, as California's growing population led to sprawling suburbs, traffic jams and fewer farms, attempts to craft statewide laws to stop it have failed again and again.

City councils worried about losing local control. Property rights advocates bristled. And the ranch house with a backyard — the centerpiece of Sunset magazine and the Brady Bunch lifestyle — proved a powerful symbol.

Report: Some Pleasanton Apartment Complexes Discriminate

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 3:02pm

A new study released by ECHO Housing, a nonprofit housing counseling agency, says 30 percent of Pleasanton apartment complexes that were audited showed some form of discrimination based on race.

Health Officials Say Campus Bay Safe for Current Use, Not Homes

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/20/2008 - 10:00pm

While state and county health officials said a chemically contaminated site in southeast Richmond poses no dangers to their current users, concerns remain about past users and those to come.

They also acknowledge that their findings don’t include the possible interactions between the more than 100 toxic metals and chemicals found at the site.

Governor Schwarzenegger Will Have Opportunity to Protect Tenants in Foreclosed Properties

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:00pm
By Zack Kaldveer,Consumer Federation of California

The Consumer Federation of California (CFC) strongly urges Governor Schwarzenegger to sign AB 1333 (Hancock) - a bill that will protect tenants in foreclosed properties and help keep families in their homes.

Business is Booming for BART

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:00pm

here’s a lot of gloomy talk about the economy but business has never been better for BART.

More people than ever are commuting on Bay Area Rapid Transit, said Bob Franklin, a member of the BART board of directors. But the increase in passengers – up to 380,000 riders a day – is presenting other problems for BART.

“Daily ridership is up now,” Franklin said. “People in some areas are fighting for a BART station, but here in San Leandro, you have two stations.”


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