Dear Pasadena City Council Members, A long overdue update to the Second Dwelling Unit Ordinance is before you at the January 30, 2017, City Council public hearing. With the passage of AB 2299 and SB 1069, all local jurisdictions are obligated to amend zoning ordinances to facilitate easier pathways to building accessory dwellings units […]
Dear Pasadena Planning Commissioners, A long overdue update to the City of Pasadena’s Second Dwelling Unit Ordinance is before you at the December 14, 2016, Planning Commission public hearing. This will be the first of many hearings in response to the passage of Assembly Bill 2299 (AB 2299) and Senate Bill 1069 (SB 1069) […]
Where are we now on homelessness in Los Angeles? Much has happened in the three months since my UrbDeZine colleague Michael Russell unpacked the arc of the homeless crisis in Los Angeles. In early 2016, both the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles approved comprehensive plans to tackle homelessness within their respective […]
Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukah. Happy Holidays. It was none of these things for the homeless. For the homeless, it is a life without shelter, food, health care and a positive environment. Their environment is freezing and often wet. Regardless of where you live, most would agree that we have a major societal issue on our […]
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Drum roll. On April 20, 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his budget for next year. After a “speech” at a Valley Industry Commerce Association, the Mayor formally presented his budget at City Hall. What can I say?!! It was underwhelming.
My family will attest, I’m a San Diego Chargers football fan. During football season, not only is the TV tuned to Chargers games, but so are multiple strategically located radios around the yard, lest I miss any action while attending to a honey-do task or breaking up an argument between my children. Then there are […]
Earlier this summer, I published an article on these pages remarking on the growing scholarship on informality in the U.S. housing market.  My article was intended as an opening salvo to planning academics who, as I see it, fail to understand American informal housing from the implementation side of planning—the enforcement and regulatory standpoint.
Have you heard of the exercise app called “Human“? I only learned about it last week when I read an article on CityLab that discusses how the app encourages people to exercise or be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day and in doing so, collects very interesting data on how people move […]
Do you know the story of Union Station in Los Angeles? Over the weekend, I went to the Central Library to view the exhibition, No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station, organized by the Getty Research Institute (GRI).