Spring has arrived with blooming flowers, longer days and the news that California’s economy outpaced every other state in job creation in the 12 months ending January 31, 2015 – almost 30% more than the Lone Star state. Ha! Spring also heralds legislative committee hearings on the latest batch of bills. We highlight a package of bills that address California’s ever-worsening affordable housing crisis. We also note some cities that are turning to linkage fees to leverage the uptick in construction activity as a way to pay for building low cost housing units. But truly sustainable development requires good paying jobs as well as affordable housing. And those jobs need a place to grow. Hence the efforts emerging in high-priced markets like Vancouver and San Francisco to explore mixed industrial/residential zoning. Before you get too wonky, celebrate the birthday of Cesar Chavez on March 31st and make a note on your calendar for April 18th and 19th. Those are the opening weekend days of National Park week – we’re talking free entrance days! So grab your reusable water bottles and enjoy our natural splendor. We do love spring around here.
Cecilia V. Estolano, Jennifer LeSar, Katherine A. Perez-Estolano