affordable housing

A Startup Is Turning Houses Into Corporations, And The Neighbors Are Fighting Back

Catering to the wealthy for second and third homes is NOT solving the housing crisis………. NPR: A Startup Is Turning Houses Into Corporations, And The Neighbors Are Fighting Back   FULL STORY HERE August 24, 20216:30 AM ET GREG ROSALSKY Brad Day and his neighbors in California’s Sonoma Valley have noticed a real estate startup …

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Supervisors get low marks

Supervisors: If a president got low marks of 33 to 21% favorability they would NOT be reelected. Sonoma County remains the 3rd highest county in the entire nation for homelessness. The county refuses to enact vacation rental boundaries (making home affordability worse) like most counties and continues to allow wine industry to drill for water …

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Local Coastal Plan – Public Feedback Period

Economic Development Board Report (pre-pandemic) shows tourism is only 6.5% of our GDP. Our children can’t afford to live here, we need less tourism, more resident protections. Pesticides and vineyards have been permanently banned in California coastal communities due to environmental destruction. Let’s not let the wine industry destroy another area of our county. Planners …

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Tourism in Sonoma? European Cities See Life Without Crowds Of Tourists — And Want To Keep It That Way | HuffPost

53% of all housing on the Sonoma Coast is vacation rentals. The workforce and people who grew up on the coast have to leave for affordable housing. Time for a moratorium until balance is achieved. “Overtourism has also exacerbated another big problem in the city: affordable housing. An explosion in the number of apartments being …

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Countries that are cracking down on Airbnb

53% of the Sonoma Coast are vacation rentals creating higher rents and lack of any rentals for workers and families. Longer mandated stays, shorter periods for any vacation rentals and strict enforcement have worked for other areas. The Sonoma County draft Local Coastal Plan does not address limits on vacation rentals, instead encourages more tourism.  …

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