A Happy Compromise on Solar

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Hooray!  State policy-makers finally did the right thing for housing affordability.  California’s energy regulators recently approved a proposal to power several new-home developments in the Sacramento region using offsite solar systems instead of individual rooftop panels, as the law now requires. In a recent meeting of the California Energy Commission (CEC), the five-member authority decided […]

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Why Further Compromise on SB 50 is a Bad Idea

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

California lawmakers are good at cutting deals on legislation.  They’re famous (or infamous) for it. Especially when there is a lot of pressure on them.  They happen to be under that kind of pressure now. State legislators deserve to be under pressure.  For 30 years California has failed to produce enough housing – to keep […]

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Growth Control on March Ballot

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

You’d think that in the middle of a state housing crisis – brought on by a woeful and sustained low level of production – elected leaders would be doing everything in their power to reverse it.  But, if you’re a resident of San Diego County you would be wrong.  Terribly wrong. Indeed, the southern part […]

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Climate Change: Moving from Fear to Shame

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

It’s apparent that fear of impending doom caused by climate change hasn’t moved the public-opinion needle.  Pollsters tell us the issue is not viewed as a great problem or isn’t troubling most Americans.  In fact, according to the Gallup organization, global climate change doesn’t even make the top 10 of matters vexing national voters – […]

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Governor’s Housing Promises Fail to Produce

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

A Governor’s Budget summary always boasts more than it has delivered, as well as what it promises to deliver in the future.  Governor Newsom’s description of the 2020-2021 Budget – his second effort – is no exception to that truism.    The budget document’s so-called “A” pages, summarizing next year’s fiscal blueprint, are full of wishful […]

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Governor’s Homeless Proposal is All Wrong

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

As sure as California has an exploding homeless problem, it’s almost a certainty that our state and local leaders – elected and otherwise – don’t have a clue as how to deal with it.  To wit, Joel Fox, in this space recently, conducted an excellent examination of Governor Newsom’s pre-budget plan to spend nearly $1.5 […]

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Wrong-Headed Policy Makes Housing Problem Worse

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Faced with a true housing supply and affordability crisis, local governments around the state are acting on impulse and adopting horrible policies.  Thinking they can arrest today’s escalating home prices and rising rents, they are enacting new “fix it” laws wily nilly, without considering their long-term consequences for underlying housing markets.  Single-family zoning restrictions, rent […]

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If Gavin Really Wanted to Solve the Housing Problem

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

In recent times, the Legislature has passed several bills to deal with the state’s vexing housing problem – to no avail.  The California Department of Housing (HCD) is simply a toothless advocate so long as the Department of Finance (DOF) is calling the shots.  The state’s housing finance agencies – the Treasurer’s Tax Credit Allocation […]

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SB 5 Vetoed for All the Wrong Reasons

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Over the weekend, Governor Newsom finished signing and vetoing the final batch of bills that made it to his desk this year.  Among the bills he acted upon was SB 5 (Beall), legislation to reestablish redevelopment authority in California. He vetoed it.  That’s the good news. The bad news is why he did.  The bill […]

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Climate Change Advocates Target New Homes

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

If you thought the rancor surrounding climate change was all about the weather, think again.  Housing development has always been in the gun sites of campaign enthusiasts and it continues to be.   Disguised as climate-change activists, radical environmentalists are spewing the same rhetoric and advocating the same “enlightened” land-use concepts they’ve been spewing for decades.  […]

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