Northern News October 2020

Northern News


A publication of the American Planning Association, California Chapter, Northern Section

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Northern Section news, views, and announcements

Call for nominations: Election of Northern Section leaders

Beginning Nov. 2nd, you will be electing a new Director-Elect and Administrative Director. But first, we need nominations (due by October 16).

Director’s note: Planning in a State of Change

By Jonathan Schuppert, AICP, September 17, 2020. We continually adapt to environmental, societal, economic, and other changes. But adaptation doesn’t come easily and it doesn’t happen by promoting the status quo.

Share your best 2020 experiences during our annual holiday celebration

Celebrate the best of 2020 with a single hashtag. Submit 2020’s positive, wholesome, amazing, or good planning-related events, experiences, projects, or ideas.

Who’s Where

News about Andy Ross.

Orange Day photos

By Brendan Hurley. The Bay Bridge seen from the Embarcadero on April 14 and September 9, 2020.

AICP | CM: Leading in a crisis with spatial data

SJSU’s 90-minute webinar is on October 2 at 11:30. AICP | CM 1.5 credits pending.


Readers from around the state share kudos for Northern News. 

Northern Section is more than the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas

By Alex Hinds, September 11, 2020. Small town post offices dot our Northern Section. They’re critical, and loved.

SFCTA, looking to congestion pricing, wants input

By Carly Graf, SF Examiner. A study recommendation is to be presented to the SFCTA board by next year. Implementation would take two years.

‘Monster in the Mission’ site slated for affordable housing

By Jared Brey, September 11, 2020. A group has agreed to buy the site and donate the land to the city for affordable housing to fulfill the affordability requirements of a separate project of nearly 1,000 units.

Northern News recognizes our photographers for 2019

Thanks to the 21 people who provided photos for this publication last year. Andrea Mardesich scoured past issues to prepare this list.

Planning news roundup

The West’s wildfires collide with its housing crisis

By Laura Bliss, Bloomberg CityLab, Sept. 18, 2020. Oregon was short 155,000 homes before fires destroyed thousands more, including one county’s most affordable.

New research: Success for Santa Clara County homeless housing program

By Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, Sept. 17, 2020. Results of the study are significant because this type of program has rarely been studied using a control group.

State housing mandate doubles Bay Area production target

By Susan Steimle, CBS SF Bay Area, September 10, 2020. The new RHNA numbers are out and they’re higher than ever before.

Orange skies across California as wildfire smoke blankets state

By Lori A. Carter, The Press Democrat, Sept. 9, 2020. The ‘creepy, eerie’ sky colors seen Wednesday were caused by particles in the smoke that scattered blue light.

$1B development would bring 850 housing units to SF waterfront

By Joshua Sabatini, The San Francisco Examiner September 8, 2020. The proposal creatively redevelops the site, using the state’s density bonus to achieve viability.

Google village: Legislative flop impacts downtown San Jose project

By George Avalos, The Mercury News, Sept. 4, 2020. To get streamlined review, the project would need the governor’s certification or a special legislative session.

Housing solutions fizzle in legislature

By Ethan Elkind, September 3, 2020. Housing policy impacts all of our major societal problems: racial injustice, segregation, greenhouse gas emissions, economic inequality.

NACTO: Despite pandemic, micromobility is here to stay

By Chris Teale, SmartCities Dive, September 2, 2020. Shared bikes and e-scooters saw 136 million trips in 2019, up 60% from 2018.

San Jose passes new fees for funding affordable housing

By Maggie Angst, Bay Area News Group, September 2, 2020. New commercial linkage fees give the city another affordable housing funding stream.

Lafayette’s controversial ‘Terraces’ apartments approved

By Sam Richards, Bay City News Foundation, August 25, 2020. The 315-unit project epitomizes the regional debate about where and how housing is developed.

Decades of racist housing policy left neighborhoods sweltering

By Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich, The New York Times, August 24, 2020. Research shows formerly redlined urban areas experience higher summer temperatures.