Environmentalists Getting What They Wanted

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

It’s just what environmental activists hoped would happen.  California is losing people.  It’s not because folks are dying sooner, either.  Both natives and newcomers have decided they’ve had it and are departing the state.   What is different from other points in history?  Golden State residents have repeatedly endured the surging rents and sky-high costs of […]

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Current Housing Dispute Magnifies Local Mess

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Disputes between state and local governments are nothing new.  Indeed, the California constitution was amended long ago to ensure against state mandates on locals unless accompanied by complete compensation.  It’s a past stipulation that continues to be honored by all lawmakers and their staff.  The provision is regularly used in drafting legislation. But, despite the […]

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When It Comes to Housing, Jack Kemp had Good Ideas

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Roughly thirty-five years ago, Yelena Bonner was not well known in America.  But, by the time she was allowed by mother Russia (then the Soviet Union) to travel to this country hers was nearly a household name.  When the sixty year-old human rights activist – wife of exiled Soviet peacenik Andrei D. Sakharov – arrived […]

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It’s Time to Get Serious About Solar

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Not long ago a good-news story on solar was presented on these pages.  It reported how California policy-makers and energy regulators had approved some new-home developments using offsite solar systems instead of individual rooftop panels – a great savings for new and future homebuyers and an alternative to the state’s mandate of solar on individual […]

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Smart Growth isn’t so Smart Anymore

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to conclude that because of the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus or urban unrest dense housing would be less in vogue than it used to be.  After all, wasn’t there a high rate of contamination of the virus in residentially compact New York City?  And didn’t the city council there […]

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Fair Housing Door-to-Door Sweep Dead, for Now

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

The federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has withdrawn its controversial regulation subjecting landlords to invasive local reviews of their rental properties to see whether there are “any barriers to fair housing, housing patterns or practices that promote bias.”  Suspension of the regulation, dubbed the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, will also […]

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The Power (and Threat) of the Unelected

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

It’s easy to bash the Governor for this and that.  It’s equally simple to criticize state lawmakers for passing bad laws – something they do with great regularity.  Indeed. it’s a fairly effortless and common exercise – carping at the Governor and legislators – mostly because they are public figures.  It’s almost sport. Should we […]

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More on homelessness

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

The following story is comes from Christopher F. Rufo, of the Discovery Institute Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality.  Chris has been and continues to be a valuable resource on my commentaries about homelessness in America. In recent years, discussion about homelessness has been circumscribed around a set of premises acceptable to progressive opinion.  The […]

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Scaled-Down Density Legislation Still not the Answer

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Scott Wiener is at it again.  The state senator from San Francisco wants to create denser neighborhoods as an answer to California’s housing crisis.  In a recently introduced bill he seeks to force high-density multifamily housing on local governments.  But, this latest effort is less a fix and more an accommodation.  Wiener, as you recall, […]

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What is Environmental Racism?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

What is “environmental racism”?  I haven’t a clue and apparently neither does the senior Newsom Administration official who after suggesting polluters were committing it retracted her assertion.  Even before the ink was dry the official removed her accusation from the Twitter blast that contained it. Indeed, Mary Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board […]

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