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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Condo revival?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

For many, condominiums (condos) are the answer to many questions that accompany California’s housing woes. First, condos present densities that are higher and more satisfying to those obsessed with planning and smart growth.  Local elected officials, purportedly, like condos.  But, many builders worry that if it was true affection these elected officials had for this […]

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CEQA’s Got to Go

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

For new housing, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is more than a barrier to construction.  It’s a menace.  If the Legislature is serious about digging California out of the housing supply and affordability mess that it’s in right now, CEQA, the state’s premier environmental law, has to go – roots and all. CEQA has […]

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Surprise, Surprise – Locals Not Approving Housing

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

A report recently published by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) – the erstwhile authority on all housing in the state – shows locals aren’t approving the housing they need.  But, if so many jurisdictions are out of compliance with state goals – the report says 98% –doesn’t that signal that something’s […]

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The Myth About New Housing Laws

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Recently, a prominent periodical hailed last year’s housing legislation as a marvelous thing – that with it will soon come the end of California’s housing crisis.  Similar statements have been made in the few months following the Governor’s signature – including by the Governor himself – on the passage of several new “housing” bills. “In […]

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Redevelopment Reprise?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

In 2012, the Legislature and the Governor ended redevelopment.  Citing concerns that local redevelopment agencies (RDAs) were earning too much money, that project areas were continuing to bound across the lines of “blighted, urban areas” – and because of the impact RDAs were allegedly having on the state’s general fund – redevelopment was done. Despite its […]

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Climate Change Conundrum

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

When California enacted AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act (“the Act”), prominently featured was the Act’s “cap and trade” program.  Cap-and-trade was a sop to the business community which had reluctantly joined the legislation’s negotiations to help hammer out a “compromise”.  Cap-and-trade was advertised as the “market based” justification for bill.  The business community […]

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Funding for the homeless, redux

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

In a recent piece in the Fox and Hounds, commentator Joel Fox warned against slapping homeowners with a new transfer tax – the proceeds of which would go to fund various programs to care for California’s homeless population. Of course, Joel is not being dismissive of the homeless problem in the state.  He has long been […]

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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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