Global Warming and Land Use

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Is the earth getting hotter?   To me, the scientific conjecture is probably a little bit correct on both sides.  Data show the earth is warming though it’s doubtful that it’s due completely – or even partially – to human activity. It seems as if there’s a war going on between opposing scientists:  an apparent majority […]

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Mass killings:  they’re all copycats

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Recently, pundits worried if the mass shootings in a Texas church would inspire copycats to do likewise elsewhere.  But what is a copycat shooter if not someone who just finds a soft target and proceeds to mow down people there with gunfire?  Aren’t most of our more notorious mass murderers copycats?  Isn’t the past history […]

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Rent Control: Trying to have it both ways

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

To begin to cure the state’s stubborn housing crisis, 2018 gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom recently called for nearly quadrupling California’s annual housing production, so that by 2025 the state would add 3.5 million to its inventory. That same day, a group called the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) filed for a ballot measure […]

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The Cost of NIMBY

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Neighborhood opposition to new housing projects is likely viewed by the general public as a natural right of existing property owners to organize objections to a change to their living environment. After all, why shouldn’t longtime residents have a say in what goes on or might go on in their neighborhoods?   Why can’t they say […]

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The Cost of Extortion

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Whatever some say to justify sky-high fees, design requirements and affordable-housing mandates it’s certain they all do one thing: raise housing costs.  It is said that the fees are necessary to mitigate the impact(s) of new housing on the community.  Yes, but so high?  Moreover, new design requirements locals say are written to conform the […]

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Homebuilders (Still) in Good Hands

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

The selection a few years back of former GOP leader David Cogdill to lead California homebuilders (CBIA) through difficult times was an excellent choice.  CBIA had come to symbolize an industry in transition – flummoxed by the duality of a deep recession and smaller, regional builders giving way to increasingly dominant national companies.  Both were […]

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Do These Five Things and You’ll Leave CA Ready to Build More Housing

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

After taking their recent cap-and-trade victory lap, the Governor and Democrats in the Legislature pledged to fix the state’s housing problems next.  When I heard this I wasn’t surprised, politically – the pressure is on for them to do something. California’s housing shortage is catching up to the mighty Golden State.  McKenzie and Company reports […]

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The right Rx for California’s housing problems

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Christopher Thornberg’s “Stop Dissin’ the Housing Market—Set it Free!”, which recently appeared on these pages, is just what California’s housing markets need.  Hail to this Beacon Economics PhD!  Want more housing? as Thronberg asks:  Stop messing with markets! Thornberg’s piece, which can be found by clicking on the following link, should be required reading for all 120 […]

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Land-use Cowards

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Amid the myriad and many examples of how government intervention upsets local housing markets comes one of the most shameful in the form of Assembly Bill 121 by Marc Levine, a Democrat from San Rafael.  Marin County wants to be exempt from the state requirement that all cities and counties must plan for their fair […]

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Re-regulating Markets is No Solution to State Housing Crisis

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

By almost all accounts, economists, academicians, social scientists, policy makers and industry experts agree that at the root of California’s housing problems is a profound lack of supply.  Accordingly, what’s needed as a solution, these notables say, are more incentives for the private development sector to do what it does best:  build. However, judging from […]

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