Monterey County Local News: Housing


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Image caption: Does California’s signature environmental law protect the state’s scenic beauty, or cause more problems than it solves?
CEQA: The Surprising Story of CA’s Key Environmental Law

The California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA, is both the state’s signature environmental legislation, and is also often named as the villain in the state’s housing shortage. But the story may not be that simple.

Image caption: Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society

Zoning laws determine what can be built and where. These laws have shaped California, but are they really just tools for social engineering? The history of zoning is closely tied to racial segregation, as well as the state's shortage of …

Image caption: Owning homes is the primary way the middle class builds wealth, and an option no longer available to most Californians.
Is California’s Housing Crisis Making Inequality Worse?

California has some of the worst economic inequality in the United States. Is the housing crisis a cause?

Image caption: Thousands of homeowners have been kicked off their fire insurance policies.
California Fire Insurance Crisis: How the State Helps Homeowners

As California insurance companies have revoked the fire policies of thousands of homeowners, the state has taken steps to get them covered again.

Image caption: Lighthouse Field in Santa Cruz, which might be a huge resort if not for the Coastal Commission.
The Public Shore Protectors

The future of 1,100 miles of spectacular coastline is in the hands of the California Coastal Commission, which is beloved by coastal environmentalists, notorious among those who favor development, and little-known in the inland parts of the state.

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07/22/2024
On July 22, California Forever announced it was withdrawing its initiative to amend the Solano County General Plan off the November ballot and would instead begin working with the county through the normal, though less expeditious, process.

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07/12/2024
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For the second time in three months, a government body deadlocked on a proposed farmworker housing project in Pajaro.

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07/12/2024
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held July 11 to celebrate the grand opening of the 66-unit Alfred Diaz-Infante Apartments in the East Garrison.

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07/11/2024
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The town famous for having no numbered street addresses is now a step closer to adding them, after a divided 3-2 vote of the Carmel City Council on Tuesday, July 9.

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07/10/2024
Taking advantage of new state funds, some California healthcare providers are starting to offer what their homeless patients really need: housing.

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07/03/2024
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Like other local developments in the former Fort Ord that were approved in the aughts, a time of great optimism, East Garrison – which the County Board of Supervisors approved in 2004 – failed to launch as the Great Recession tanked the market.

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06/26/2024
Image for display with article titled The Stars Are Finally Aligning for the Developers of Campus Town to Get Shovels in the Ground.

Ever since the City of Seaside entered into a purchase and sale agreement with KB Bakewell Seaside Venture II, LLC in 2017 to develop the Campus Town project, which envisions 1,485 housing units and more than 150,000 square feet of commercial space on 122 acres at the city’s border with Marina, progress has been slow.

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06/26/2024
In their June 25 meeting, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors approved the final phase of the East Garrison housing project.

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06/25/2024
A push to bolster housing production in California's coastal communities in recent years has led to heated battles over potential state reforms. Below, a veteran elected official believes the debate has created a false choice between housing and protections. The opposing view: A former attorney for the Coastal Commission says the state Coastal Act has failed to deliver on what it envisioned.

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06/20/2024
On June 19, California YIMBY announced support for the California Forever project going to the Solano County ballot in November.

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06/17/2024
A recent court ruling exempted five charter cities from a controversial housing law. That’s given anti-density advocates across California an idea.

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06/13/2024
Tens of thousands of California homeowners, especially those who live in areas at risk of wildfires, have lost their insurance or have to pay more to keep coverage. One after another, major companies have pulled out of the state, many citing the cost of claims.

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06/12/2024
Image for display with article titled The Board of Supervisors Weigh in on the County's Overdue Housing Plan in a Rush to Get It to the State.

Under pressure to stay within California Department of Housing and Community Development's good graces, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors got their shot at reviewing the county's 2023-2031 housing plan on Tuesday, June 11.

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06/12/2024
A public workshop held on June 11 considered how to meet the housing element requirements of 3300+ new housing units across a variety of affordability levels.

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06/11/2024
On June 11, Solano County elections officials announced the verification of necessary signatures for the California Forever sponsored initiative to amend the county General Plan to be on the November ballot.

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06/06/2024
On June 6, the Solano Land Trust announced its opposition to the California Forever project to build a new community housing up to 400,000 people in the county.

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06/06/2024
A panel at the CalMatters Ideas Festival debates how to reduce homelessness without punishing poverty. There’s worry about a potential $1 billion cut in state funding.

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05/30/2024
These community projects can give renters and low-income homeowners a chance to go solar, but the PUC’s action is unlikely to give them the option.

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05/29/2024
Image for display with article titled The Monterey County Planning Commission Gets Another Swing at a Problematic Housing Plan.

Within a week after the Monterey County Department of Housing and Community Development released its draft 2023-2031 Housing Element – a plan for adding more state-mandated housing units to the unincorporated areas of the county – critics were crying foul.

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