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SB 902

SB 902

SB 902

05/31/20

“What would Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 902 bill accomplish?”

 

With the defeat of SB 50 in the California state senate and the advent of the COVID pandemic earlier this year, solutions to the state’s record housing crisis seem ever more out of reach. However, Senator Scott Wiener is back at it again with SB 902. In essence, SB 902 would authorize for local governments to enact “missing middle” zoning or rezoning for upwards of 10-plexes in designated neighborhoods, at a height specified by the local government in the ordinance, if the parcel is located in a transit-rich area, a jobs-rich area, or an urban infill site. Site. This bill would also provide CEQA exemption for such projects. In addition, the bill would allow for upwards of a fourplex to be approved in a low-density zone with by right ministerial approval of the city.

How Data Analytics Can Help Track Police Brutality

How Data Analytics Can Help Track Police Brutality

How Data Analytics Can Help Track Police Brutality

05/29/20

“How could data analytics be used to help track police brutality?”

 

Data analytics allows for users and institutions to track a whole range of variables. One of these could be police misconduct. By keeping tabs on which police officers have been committing human rights violations, public officials can determine whether or not to fire and reprimand them. This is  How Data Analytics Can Help Track Police Brutality.

Why Police Body Cameras Can Increase Law Enforcement Accountability

Why Police Body Cameras Can Increase Law Enforcement Accountability

Why Police Body Cameras Can Increase Law Enforcement Accountability

05/28/20

“Why is implementing body cameras on police a good idea?”

 

Like any state agency, police forces hold the potential to misuse their authority, culminating in horrific outbreaks such as what was recently seen in Minneapolis. In the past, these forces were able to get away with such events. However, with the advent of body cameras, footage can be automatically recorded to show any human rights violations taking place, allowing for proper evidence for prosecution. This is Why Police Body Cameras Can Increase Accountability.

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Green Recovery

Green Recovery

Green Recovery

05/25/20

“How can economies recover from a recession using sustainable infrastructure?”

 

Investment in construction is a time-tested method in helping an economy recover after a recession. It allows for large sums of capital to be focused on projects that generate a large number of jobs and leave lasting benefits. Given the ever-pressing challenge of climate change, a focus on the construction of sustainable infrastructure would have the added benefit of preventing further damage from climate change. This is why a resilience and sustainability-focused Green Recovery would be a logical course of action.

Why the Increase in Extreme Weather May Offset Energy Efficiency Improvements

Why the Increase in Extreme Weather May Offset Energy Efficiency Improvements

Why the Increase in Extreme Weather May Offset Energy Efficiency Improvements

05/24/20

“How may the increase in more extreme weather offset energy efficiency improvements?”

 

With the advent of climate change, extreme weather is going to become more and more common. Areas that used to barely see a scorching day in Summer may now have to deal with weeks of extreme heat. This will make people more reliant on internal temperature control, increasing energy usage, and offsetting some of the gains made by energy efficiency improvements. This is Why the Increase in Extreme Weather May Offset Energy Efficiency Improvements.

 

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AB 3155

AB 3155

AB 3155

05/23/20

“What is the significance of California’s AB 3155 bill?”

 

California’s housing crisis is causing more and more suffering to the state every year. However, a recent bill that was passed will lend its hand to ameliorate this. AB 3155 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas will allow for apartment buildings with up to 10 homes to be approved by city planning staff instead of having to go through public hearings in front of a planning commission or city council. In addition, half the homes on those lots reserved for first-time homebuyers for 90 days. 

 

For some technical details about where the development can be placed:

  • The development must be within some form of urban/metro area
  • A site in which at least 75 percent of the perimeter of the site adjoins parcels that are developed with urban uses. Specifically, parcels that are only separated by a street or highway shall be considered to be adjoined.
  • At least two-thirds of the square footage of the development designated for residential use
  • shall remain available at affordable housing costs or rent to persons and families of lower or moderate-income for no less than the following periods of time:
    • (i) Fifty-five years for units that are rented.
    • (ii) Forty-five years for units that are owned.

 

The development must satisfy the requirements below.

  • The locality has been underproducing affordable housing for the area
  • The amount of housing at minimum percentage of below-market-rate housing based on one of the following:
    • The project dedicates a minimum of 10 percent of the total number of units to housing affordable to households making at or below 80 percent of the area median income. However, if the locality has adopted a local ordinance that requires that greater than 10 percent of the units be dedicated to housing affordable to households making below 80 percent of the area median income, that local ordinance applies.
    • If the project is located within the San Francisco Bay area, then the project must dedicate 20 percent of the total number of units to housing affordable to households making below 120 percent of the area median income with the average income of the units at or below 100 percent of the area median income. However, a local ordinance adopted by the locality applies if it requires greater than 20 percent of the units be dedicated to housing affordable to households making at or below 120 percent of the area median income, or requires that any of the units be dedicated at a level deeper than 120 percent. In order to comply with this subclause, the rent or sale price charged for units that are dedicated to housing affordable to households between 80 percent and 120 percent of the area median income shall not exceed 30 percent of the gross income of the household.
  • If the project contains 10 units of housing or less and is subject to an inclusionary housing ordinance when the project application is submitted, the project satisfies the requirements of the inclusionary housing ordinance. If the project contains 10 units of housing or less and is not subject to any inclusionary housing ordinances, the developer pays a fee to the local government
  • The development is not located on a site that is any of the following:
    • A coastal zone
    • Prime farmland or farmland of statewide importance
    • Wetlands
    • Very high fire hazard severity zone
    • Hazardous waste site
    • Delineated earthquake fault zone
    • Special flood hazard area
Ecofascism

Ecofascism

Ecofascism

05/22/20

“How can environmentalism fuse with fascism in the most revolting of ways?”

 

In most political contexts, environmentalism and fascism are on diametrically opposing sides. The former seems to wish for humanity to live in natural harmony with the latter wishes for a particular group to conquer the world using exploitive military tactics. However, a new ideology is beginning to emerge that combines both of these into a whole. Ecofascism. Ecofascists believe that “lesser races” and “decadent lifestyles” are driving the planet to destruction, and that only through extinguishing these can humanity hope for long-term survival. Ecofacist movements today can be seen online in the social media sphere, the shootings at Christchurch and El Paso, and the current Austrian government.

 

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