Exposing the Urban Myths of Redevelopment and Sustainable Housing

We all know margarine tastes better than butter. Experts agree Charles Shaw’s “Two Buck Chuck” is superior to vintage wines. Weed was stonier when we were kids compared with the product that comes out of pot clubs these days. Tom Shane is my friend and George Zimmer wants me to dress better. Claims such as these […]

Plans evolve for Concord’s future development

Pixie Playland Concord CA

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know you got til it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot” Big Yellow Tax, Friends, ~Joni Mitchell, 1970. As we get older, the prophetic words of Joni Mitchell seem to become more relevent as we see important parts of our lives dissipate […]

OSIP The cost of doing business in Concord

On a cold rainy January evening, I trudged over to Concord City Hall for a briefing on proposed revisions for the city’s OffSite Street Improvement Program (OSIP). In layman’s terms, this means the fees developers pay prior to building new construction to cover road improvements and maintenance.

Orinda citizens blast Stack-and-Pack construction plans

Strong opposition emerged Tuesday night (Jan. 31) to plans to create high-density, high-rise housing in Orinda. About 10 Orinda residents told the Orinda City Council that they did not want high-rise, high-density housing placed in Orinda. No Orinda residents spoke in favor of the city’s plans to revamp Orinda by building new apartments, condominiums, and […]

Redevelopment Blight at Pleasant Hill BART faces Eminent Domain proceedings

blight at pleasant hill bart redevelopment

Local activist, John Galt, has initiated eminent domain proceedings at the nationally acclaimed Transit Village that surrounds the Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART station due to blight created by Contra Costa County. Legal consultants and property rights experts are intrigued with the possibility that government property could be declared blighted and put to better use […]

SF Tenants Union to rally against Prop 98, Mar 15

Looks like the California League of Cities has begun to stir up the huddled masses and Spartacus Youth Leagues around town into supporting Proposition 99‘s faux eminent domain reform. California’s redevelopment movers and shakers love things just the way they are, so the plan is to confuse the ballots and rake Prop 98‘s reform over […]