California’s Housing Push: Time to Press the “Pause Button”

T Keith Gurnee
Former councilmember of San Luis Obispo and a member of the Board of Directors of Livable California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the self-determination and the livability of California’s cities and counties.

For three years, California’s legislature has tried to pass a series of draconian housing bills that would:  Deprive cities and counties of their self-determination as local governments,  Usurp local zoning and planning policies throughout California, and  Impose fixed, state-mandated development standards upon established single-family neighborhoods, making them the state’s new frontiers for high-density development. All […]

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Say Goodbye to Your Neighborhood…

T Keith Gurnee
Former councilmember of San Luis Obispo and a member of the Board of Directors of Livable California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the self-determination and the livability of California’s cities and counties.

California’s state legislature is now attacking established single-family neighborhoods with a flurry of harmful housing legislation that threatens their very livability. Our state government has essentially declared war against the neighborhoods of every city, county, and community in California. In the process, the state legislature has revealed its fixation on snuffing out the self-determination of […]

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Corruption in Government

T Keith Gurnee
Former councilmember of San Luis Obispo and a member of the Board of Directors of Livable California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the self-determination and the livability of California’s cities and counties.

The Los Angeles Times recently wrote a timely editorial about “Ending City Hall Corruption” in the city of Los Angeles. Written in response to the recent arrest of City Councilman Jose Huizar for taking payoffs from developers to get their projects approved, the Times stated that the city’s development review process “…just invites corruption.” Their […]

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The Cost of California’s New Housing Bills

T Keith Gurnee
Former councilmember of San Luis Obispo and a member of the Board of Directors of Livable California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the self-determination and the livability of California’s cities and counties.

On June 9, 2020 California’s Senate Appropriations Committee reviewed a flurry of problematical housing bills and placed them “in suspense” until their next hearing on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Between now and then, there will be discussions “behind the scenes” as to which of those bills should be amended or passed onto the Senate floor. […]

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Lack of Transparency in Our State Government

T Keith Gurnee
Former councilmember of San Luis Obispo and a member of the Board of Directors of Livable California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the self-determination and the livability of California’s cities and counties.

Former Mayor of Chicago and former Chief of Staff to Pres. Obama, Rahm Emanuel, once said “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” By exploiting the chaos presented by the coronavirus crisis, our state legislature is doubling down on that statement. Legislators are pushing a flurry of wrongheaded housing bills that are targeting established […]

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