March 20th marks the official start of Spring, when pulses beat faster, green shoots signal optimism and the fire season has not yet started. And so California enters the season of budget-making, legislating and primary politicking. The economy continues to grow and with it rise hopes for long-promised new economic development tools for cities. Local budgets remain tight, reminding us of California’s uniquely constrained public finance structure. What lessons might we learn from East Coast efforts to counter gentrification through property tax reform? Might a more tailored version of Prop.13 have legs now that real estate values are rising again? And as the good weather in the land of perpetual sunshine beckons us outdoors, we welcome the planning profession’s embrace of public health and wellness as core elements of well-planned communities. It’s spring! Enjoy the outdoors, ride a bike, take a walk and keep praying for more rain.
Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano