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Image caption: The 1965 law known as the Williamson Act has been responsible for keeping about half of California's farmland out of the hands of developers.
The Williamson Act: How the Law That Protects California’s Farmland Works

The Williamson Act, passed in 1965, now keeps more than 16 million acres of farmland out of the hands of developers. Here's how the law puts the brakes on the development of California agricultural properties.

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: The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land

How California’s 10 state conservancies buy up open land and shield it from developers to preserve the natural environment for public use.

Image caption: Since 1972, the California Coastal Commission has ruled over the state’s shoreline.
California Coastal Commission: Where It Comes From, What It Does

What is the California Coastal Commission? How one of the state’s most powerful agency protects public access to the state’s scenic coast from Mexico to Oregon.

Image caption: How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‚ÄėSwamps‚Äô Into Farmland

California has used reclamation districts to turn millions of acres of unusable swamps into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush. Here’s how it happened.

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: 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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07/19/2024
According to documents filed with the court, the lawsuit filed by the State Attorney General over Elk Gove's Oak Rose affordable housing project has be settled.

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07/19/2024
An inspection by the City of Sacramento and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board of the self-governed Camp Resolution was blocked on July 18, with camp residents fearing it as a pretext to expulsion.

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07/19/2024
What's the story on the 10-story pyramid adjacent to the Tower Bridge over the Sacramento River?

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07/17/2024
Despite having a huge waiting list of unhoused seeking shelter, the City of Sacramento closed a River District facility, citing a need to replace plumbing and sewage pipes.

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07/11/2024
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After postponing the matter two weeks ago, the Folsom City Council voted July 9 to allow the removal of five ‚Äúlandmark‚ÄĚ oak trees along Folsom Blvd. to make way for light rail improvements.

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07/11/2024
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With two phases built and more coming, Folsom officials are now designing trails to connect the dots in new Mangini Ranch.

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07/11/2024
In their July 10 meeting, the Citrus Heights City Council voted to acquire two parcels on Old Auburn Road of a combined 1.74 acres.

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07/11/2024
Sacramento County announced it is selling 71 acres of land on Douglas Boulevard and Mather Road with a priority for a future affordable housing development.

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07/10/2024
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The future of some landmark oak trees along Folsom Boulevard was a top item on the agenda at Folsom’s City Hall Tuesday night as the City Council held its first meeting of July.

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07/02/2024
Nearly every major environmental group in California opposes a bill that would modify the state’s signature environmental law to speed up upgrades to power lines. Supporters say it would help free the state from fossil fuels and make the grid more reliable, but opponents fear it would damage state parks.

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06/27/2024
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The arrival of the grazing goats to the city of Folsom is always a happy event for many citizens who love to watch them gobble grass, snuggle and even hop onto tree branches; but they are also literally eating away potential fire hazards in the city’s open spaces.

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06/27/2024
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved the 172-unit three-story New Green Apartments project development to be built on a 6.1-acre site at Watt Avenue and Larchmont Drive.

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06/26/2024
Image for display with article titled Gold Rush Park Opens in Rancho Cordova

Located in the Rio Del Oro development area, the 5.1-acre park pays tribute to the California Gold Rush, the historical event that brought Rancho Cordova into being.

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06/25/2024
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On June 11, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of 2.2 acres of land and $3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to the City of Rancho Cordova for the development of Mather Veterans Village Phase 4, located on the former Mather Air Force Base.

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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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06/24/2024
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The City of Folsom Community Development Department will implement several fee increases and restructuring measures set to take effect over the coming months, impacting a variety of construction projects within the city.

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06/20/2024
Image for display with article titled Beloved Folsom Mini Train Will Keep Chugging Along With New Owners

A beloved fixture of Folsom City Lions Park will keep chugging along into the foreseeable future. The Folsom Valley Railway, a mini live steam train, has been a favorite of children for decades, and will continue that tradition with new owners.

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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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06/19/2024
Image for display with article titled The Number of Grandparents Taking the ADU or Converted Housing Path in the Sacramento Region Is Way Up

More and more people in Sacramento are opting to move into multigenerational homes, or build accessory dwelling units ‚Äď better known as ADUs ‚Äď to keep family members close them while avoiding painful housing prices.

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06/18/2024
The June 17 meeting of the Elk Grove Zoning Administration was attended by a larger than usual number of people interested in design changes to a controversial affordable housing project.
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