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A lawsuit over farmworker housing project is on the ropes for being a day late.

On Dec. 13, the County Board of Supervisors heard an appeal about the county Planning Commission’s denial of a proposed farmworker housing project in Pajaro. They voted 3-1 to overturn that decision.

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Santa Cruz County takes back flood mitigation funding

Santa Cruz County has withdrawn from an agreement with Pajaro Valley Regional Flood Management Agency (PRFMA) after the two disagreed on how to spend roughly $1 million in funds meant to address flood risk in South County. PRFMA is made …

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 …

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King City begins work on Downtown Streetscape Project

KING CITY — King City Council recently awarded the bid for implementing the Downtown Streetscape Project to Monterey Peninsula Engineering (MPE), which started construction on June 12. The project will expand the corner bulbouts, redesign the medians and add decorative …

Image caption: In what appears to be a power play that worked, a developer proposed building 14 residential highrises with a combined 4,260 units in Santa Monica.
How California Developers Twist Affordable Housing Laws

A new interpretation of an old law gives homebuilders leverage over California cities and their zoning codes. They’re using it to push through thousands of new apartments around the state.

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The process of ranking 103 proposed neighborhood projects starts tonight.

Democracy is a beautiful thing but as we all know, it can be messy.

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Public workshop set for Monday to discuss King City beautification project

KING CITY — City of King is developing an application for the Clean California Local Grant Program, which provides funds to beautify and improve local streets and roads. The proposed King City project includes a number of recommendations to improve …

Image caption: Caltrans has received $680,000 in federal funding to explore alternatives for reconnecting communities along the I-980 in Oakland.
Rerouting Past Wrongs

California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ’60s.

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The Carmel City Council takes a strong stand against fractional vacation ownership.

The Carmel City Council issued a resounding “no” to fractional vacation home ownership in a 5-0 vote on Tuesday, Feb. 7. It was a major blow to the company Pacaso, an online company that purchased a home in Carmel after…

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Scout House to become community connection hub for San Ardo

SAN ARDO — San Ardo residents need a place to learn, connect and gather, and that dream is getting one step closer to reality at the Scout House, thanks to a grant from Aera Energy to the nonprofit Central Coast …

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Limited enforcement leaves Big Sur residents to sniff out illegal campfires.

As the sun dips behind the Pacific Ocean, Lindsay Romanow’s souped-up silver Toyota Tundra kicks up a cloud of dirt as it exits Highway 1 near the Gorda General Store and climbs the steep and winding ridge road that leads…

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Work begins on Soledad’s first inclusive park

SOLEDAD — City of Soledad and the Soledad City Council hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking on July 16 to celebrate the construction of the first inclusive park in Soledad and in South Monterey County. The new park, temporarily known as Orchard …

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King City Rotary gives back to nonprofit

KING CITY — Members of King City Rotary recently presented local beautification group King City in Bloom (KCIB) with a check for $1,500, half of the proceeds from their recent 5K race — the Rabbit Run on April 16 — …

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King City’s Downtown Plaza beautification plans to be topic of meeting

KING CITY — The 30th annual joint meeting of King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and King City Rotary Club to promote Beautification Week is planned for Wednesday, June 15, at noon. Unlike last year when the groups gathered …

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Supervisors approve a compromise noise ordinance 5-0; residents remain pessimistic it will help.

A compromise noise ordinance was initially approved by a 5-0 vote of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors today, Tuesday, May 24, setting the stage for either a new era of enforcement or, as some residents fear, more of the…

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King City’s streetscape plan receives federal funding

KING CITY — King City’s million-dollar downtown streetscape plan is among the eight community projects in California’s 20th District that were included in the federal government’s FY 2022 Appropriations package. Rep. Jimmy Panetta announced March 11 that the federal funds, …

Image caption: Local cities and counties struggle to regulate the exploding short-term rental industry.
Short-Term Losses

The short-term or ‘vacation’ rental industry spawns hundreds of horror stories and damages the housing market, but governments struggle with how to bring it under control.