Fueling visions of a dystopian future, private firefighters are increasingly being contracted by wealthy homeowners. In the age of tax cuts, budget shortfalls, and small government movements, some are worried that the growth of this industry reflects growing income and wealth inequality. [Read more…] about Private firefighters for wealthy homeowners a growing industry
Achieving Housing Choice and Mobility in the Voucher Program: Recommendations for the Administration is in the latest edition of the American Bar Association Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law (Vol. 27-1).
The article recognizes the Housing Choice Voucher Program as vital to helping homeless individuals and low-income families’ overcome barriers to housing stability, and a powerful tool to deconcentrate poverty and decrease racial segregation in our nation’s communities. While acknowledging the program’s potential to improve individual lives, families, and communities, the article discusses the program’s failure to meet its housing and community goals: [Read more…] about San Diego in National Spotlight: City’s Failure to Prohibit Section 8 Discrimination Hurts Homeless Veterans
Articles and studies from newspapers to academic journals warn the public against the havoc and devastation caused by rent control ordinances. However, it is not tenants and community based organizations that are funding these articles and studies, it is real estate investors, developers, and corporate apartment owner associations. For decades, tenants and community based organizations across California have worked tirelessly to enact rent control ordinances to decrease displacement and protect the rights and dignity of working families, the elderly, and long-term tenants. Tenant advocates continue to direct their limited resources to local initiatives and ballot measures, not to fund studies, articles, and lawsuits. [Read more…] about Demystifying Rent Control
This morning the Court ruled Measure “I” [A proposed City Charter amendment weakening existing City Charter protection for dedicated Park Lands and authorizing a give-away of 34 acres of Balboa Park to the San Diego Unified School District] may be placed on the November, 2016 ballot. Park advocate David Lundin and his counsel Craig Sherman contended the City Council failed to comply with state laws governing the Charter amendment process requiring a series of well-noticed public hearings before a proposed Charter amendment may properly be placed on the ballot. In this pre-election expedited hearing, those claims were denied without prejudice to these and additional legal hurdles being raised after the November election. Balboa Park Heritage Association strongly supports this continued legal and political challenge. Lundin stated “As the City Attorney himself argued,these challenges may properly be brought after the election results are counted. That will be done.” [Read more…] about Court Rules that transfer of 34 acres from Balboa Park to School District may go on ballot but . . .
Save Our Heritage Organization, September 2nd, 10:30 PM- 11:45 PM, Past & Presence Ghost Tour.
San Diego Architectural Foundation, September 4th, 2016, 8:00 AM, O & O 2016 People’s Choice Event.
Save Our Heritage Organization, June 18th, 2016, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Old House Fair.
Urban Land Institute, June 22nd, 2016, 9:00 AM- 10:0 AM Developing Distinctively Different Multifamily Rental Properties: Two Case Studies. [Read more…] about San Diego Design Event Calendar, June 18th, 2016-June 30th, 2016
A group of San Diego East Village (downtown) stakeholders, academics, and design professionals, including yours truly, have released a “white paper” proposing a vision for the area of high tech and creative businesses anchored by a new satellite campus of a major university. The group will hold a community workshop on March 5, 2016 (Saturday) at 9 AM at the New School of Architecture. [Read more…] about Non-stadium alternative vision for East Village San Diego + community workshop
San Diego History Center, February 20th, 2016, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Balboa Park History Stroll.
Citizens Coordinate for Century 3, February 25th, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM, What Does South Bay Know, the the Rest of Us Does Not. [Read more…] about San Diego Design Event Calendar February 20th-March 3rd, 2016
Civic San Diego has released a draft of the long awaited Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan. It proposes significant changes to the street grid with a goal of reducing travel by car and increasing trips by bike and foot. Another objective is to lower carbon emissions in accordance with state law. [Read more…] about Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan — Draft Released
Citizens Coordinate for Century 3,C3 July 3rd, 2015, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, A Discussion with Roger Showley.
American Institute of Architects, July 8th, 2015, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Hard Hat Site Tour, Padre Dam
San Diego History Center, July 9th, 2015 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Extended Summer Hours.
Save Our Heritage Organisation, SOHO July 12th, at 7:00 PM, Silent Movie Sunday’s, Sherlock Holmes (1922).