A Class Act Leaves the Stage

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Not everyone knows Eileen Reynolds.  But, among real estate lobbyists she’s iconic, a giant.  She’s getting ready to retire and she will be sorely missed. Eileen started out her career reading bills for the REALTORS.  She learned a lot about lawmaking during that time.  But it was her work ethic that got the attention of […]

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State Says New Homes Must Have Solar Panels

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Turning a deaf ear to the new housing costs its decision would generate, a state panel recently ruled that beginning in 2020 all new homes built in California must include solar rooftops.  The action by the five-member California Energy Commission (CEC) makes good on a decades-long threat that the mandate was coming. But, is this […]

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Bill Would Give Free Pass to Nuisance Tenants

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

If a tenant in a residential rental property of yours is continuously hassling his or her next-door neighbors, after several warnings would you move to evict?  How about if a tenant consistently violates the building’s no-smoking policy?  What if that tenant is found to keep an illegal pet?  By notifying the tenant up to 60 […]

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Rent Control is Not the Answer

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

State housing activists recently came to Sacramento to celebrate a special achievement of theirs.  They gathered on the steps of the Capitol to announce they had a solution to high housing costs in California:  a repeal of the law which prevents statewide rent control.  With the blessing of voters this Fall, they expressed the hope […]

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Beverly Hills Reacts to the State’s Housing Crisis

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

You know when you’ve struck a nerve:  when the whining starts.   The wounded soul, in this case, is the Vice Mayor of Beverly Hills, John Mirisch, who cried and complained loudly about state legislation in this space recently.  The source of the Vice Mayor’s rant was Scott Wiener, freshman Democrat occupying the San Francisco senate seat just-previously held […]

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Millennials Prefer Suburban Living

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

To most builders, housing demand is meaningless unless it’s in their backyard or in some nearby community.  That is, most homebuilders don’t stray too far from the markets they know.  What we recently learned from the U.S. Bureau of the Census will be well received by those builders:  thanks to the interest millennials are taking […]

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Does Controversial Bill Aimed at Building Housing Next to Transit Have a Chance?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

You got to hand it to Scott Wiener of San Francisco.  Curing the state’s housing shortage was a plank in his election platform and, true to his word he’s been in search of that cure since he arrived in the state senate last year. Knowing that California had a supply problem – and recognizing that expanding […]

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CEQA Abuse Confirmed

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Finally, a thorough examination of the impact frivolous environmental litigation has on California has been done.  A legal team, headed by Holland and Knight lawyer Jennifer Hernandez of the firm’s San Francisco office, studied lawsuits filed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) from 2010 forward and published her findings in the most recent edition of the Hastings Environmental […]

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Homelessness – Do Locals Have the Answers?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Homelessness is a scourge of humanity and a bitter failure of government.  The victims of this incompetence and malfeasance are, of course, the homeless. For homeless individuals with alcohol or other substance abuse it’s likely it is due to a lack of coordination of services.  For those with mental illness, it’s an abdication – government […]

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Too Many Housing Bills

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

As is my habit, I participated recently in a monthly conference call with the policy committee of one of my former housing clients. It was a real eye opener. Committee members were informed that number of bills their lobbyists would be tracking this year nears about 100 – a massive new record. All because the […]

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