Two environmental attorneys are gearing up to force coastal cities’ hands in making way for new housing. Attorneys Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs have said they’re planning to file lawsuits against Encinitas and Del Mar over land use issues that have ended up on the ballot in both cities this November.
In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan explain a controversial measure in Encinitas.
As the county rewrites its Climate Action Plan, it’s simultaneously considering several big developments that could impact the environment. Environmentalists are concerned the projects would make it impossible for the county to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets the state says it needs to meet by 2030.
In weighing in on Measure B, voters are not just rendering a decision on Lilac Hills Ranch. They may also be setting two major precedents about development in the county.
San Diego leaders often point to city and regional plans to build more housing. In practice, we know the gap between what is needed and what is actually being built is in fact widening.
My fellow Ph.D. students and I want to stay in San Diego and have no interest in the Bay Area’s soul-sucking commutes, bank-draining rents and Mission-style burritos. Yet most of us will move there anyway.
Housing vouchers are a critical tool for housing low-income individuals and families. But in San Diego, where the housing market is becoming increasingly competitive for people of all income levels, people offering vouchers instead of cash are struggling to compete. People who spent years on a waiting list now have a housing voucher that would cover all or most of their rent, if only they could find someplace that would take it.
A slate of November ballot measures would give local residents in cities across the state the power to veto or stop development projects. Meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to wrestle some control over building decisions away from locals. The conflict between cities and the state has ramped up in recent years, and it’s coming to a head.
Members of the public need to exercise their voices when it comes to shaping San Diego’s built environment.
Encinitas has placed itself in a tough legal position. Local voters could reject the city’s plan to accommodate new housing – a plan required by state law. Encinitas is the only city in the county, and one of a few in the state, without a legal housing plan.