housing crisis

High-Cost Housing

Supervisor Hopkins pushes for purchase….. “To house 31 individuals at the expense ($6.2 million to purchase and $4.6 million for 2 years operating) of potentially helping hundreds isn’t only fiscally unsound but ethically dubious.” HIGH COST HOUSING, PD Letter to the Editor EDITOR: Being an emergency room nurse, I am quite familiar with and sympathetic […]

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Healdsburg set to limit future downtown hotels, require affordable housing offsets on new projects

Thank you Healdsburg for putting residents in the mix and not out of town investors that destroy the fabric of our communities. Healdsburg set to limit future downtown hotels, require affordable housing offsets on new projects THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | August 22, 2018, 6:33PM Amid a growing public outcry over the proliferation of hotel rooms downtown, Healdsburg’s

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Permit Sonoma: Sonoma County Housing Initiatives Updates

 The County in an attempt to build more housing are using the fire and rebuild to gut CEQA, encroach in our green buffers. It’s called “disaster capitalism”. The fires and housing shortages are pushing housing types into areas where residential density has historically been pretty limited.  Feel free to forward this to anyone you think

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Sonoma County Supervisors on weakening CEQA: Risky exceptions

Risky exceptions EDITOR: The California Environmental Quality Act protects fragile natural resources, as you acknowledged in Sunday’s editorial (“Cutting red tape to build needed housing”). Far from being “red tape,” CEQA helps keep Sonoma County an attractive place to live. Regarding housing near the airport, it would pinpoint areas with unhealthy levels of noise. The

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Vacation Rentals

Earth to Sonoma County Supervisors: we have a negative vacancy rate, people living in trailers waiting for housing, and you are touting 30,000 new homes to be built while allowing vacation rentals to take even more chances for housing from our neighbors after the fire, for tourists. Is this governing or pandering? Vacation Rentals Vacation rentals

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Vacation rentals could face ban

Thank you Supervisor Gorin for being the only supervisor to stand up to the special interests (tourism & real estate) and represent the communities where families are being priced out of the market by investors and neighborhoods are collateral damage to the wine/tourism industry. Workers can no longer afford to live here. Until the county has over

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