I believe building market-rate housing will not solve the affordability crisis, that Berkeley must seek higher percentages of affordable housing and that state law should not nullify local zoning.
We — a group of city officials, candidates and civic leaders — have agreed how to equitably allocate the $135 million in affordable housing bond money if Measure 0 passes.
Harrison and her appointees have consistently advocated for policies that would make new housing less affordable and produce fewer affordable homes.
Between 2014 and 2017, only 137 units of affordable housing were permitted, while 1,320 market rate units got permits. To correct this imbalance, Berkeley must pass Measure O, increase density & involve community voices.
Measure O would cost taxpayers $280 million (including interest) but its claim to provide "affordable housing" is vague and there is no oversight mechanism.
The status quo is unsustainable and inhumane. Berkeley residents should support these measures to help those in need.
I am running for city auditor with the intention of taking ownership of the two biggest problems in Berkeley: housing and homelessness.
Developers of a six-story, 50-unit housing complex on Adeline are moving forward with plans, having bought the project property and won a lawsuit brought by neighbors last year.
The units will have "chic amenities" and the complex will include a gym and parking garage. The project should be finished by mid-2020.
The Adeline Corridor and Ashby BART station can become the community assets that neighbors deserve. It's been fifty years in the making.
Berkeley voters are set to have a chance in November to consider a $135 million bond measure officials hope will create more affordable housing in the city to fight displacement.
A much-revised proposal for 3000 Shattuck Ave., which features dorm-like larger units, was rejected by ZAB on June 28 — its third time before the board.
Scarcity of housing locally has driven up prices and prompted high rates of evictions and displacement with African Americans being affected disproportionately.