Northern News February 2022

Northern News

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

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Save Mount Diablo protects ‘missing mile’ of open space from future housing

By Shomik Mukherjee, East Bay Times, January 17, 2022. The conservationists will continue to monitor the property while in use by a local equestrian society.

Controversial affordable housing project OK’d in rural Cloverdale

By Kathleen Coates, The Press Democrat, January 12, 2022. Community members and commissioners raised concerns about increased traffic and unsafe sidewalks, but state law pushed the project ahead.

Daly City council approves major apartment project, but affordability issue lingers

By J.K. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, January 11, 2022. The project is intended to bring critical revenues to a school district that has struggled to retain teachers.

Saratoga City Council considers Housing Element proposal in seven-hour meeting

By Hannah Kanik, The Mercury News, January 11, 2022. “In my mind, this is the biggest challenge the city of Saratoga has faced since its incorporation,” Mayor Tina Walia said at the meeting.

San Jose hopes to rebound from losing over 1,700 acres of trees since 2012

By Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, January 10, 2022. That leaves only 13.5 percent of San Jose covered by trees, compared to 28 percent of Seattle.

The strange, fun, and fascinating stories behind Bay Area city names

By Katie Dowd, SFGate, January 9, 2022. Four selections from a tour of Bay Area city names from Alameda to Walnut Creek.

Judge halts mega-resort in California wildfire zone, says residents could die trying to flee

By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee, January 6, 2022. The CEQA ruling is a major victory for environmentalists opposed to new housing and business projects in areas with extreme wildfire risks.

Santa Clara County housing bond on track despite roadblocks

By Tran Nguyen, San Jose Spotlight, January 4, 2022. A Civil Grand Jury’s December report found many barriers to housing production are beyond the county’s control.

Oakland is a hot spot for lead contamination of children, study finds

By Annie Sciacca, Mercury News, December 25, 2021. Oakland leaders will use funds from a legal settlement with paint companies to proactively remove hazardous lead.

Caltrans officially embraces Complete Streets in all projects

By Melanie Curry, StreetsBlog Cal, December 22, 2021. This is the first clear statement that acknowledges that Caltrans is committing to accommodating all road users in every single project it works on, though implementation remains unclear.

Marin to spend $4M in pandemic aid on climate projects

By Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal, December 20, 2021. The funds are allocated for flood prevention, sea level rise, and electrification-related projects.

Newark residents wonder why the city plans to develop against a rising shoreline

By Ezra David Romero, KQED, December 13, 2021. A major housing proposal could be at risk from sea level rise and encroach on scarce Bay Area wetlands.

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