Three counties in the eastern Bay Area are in position to capitalize on a predicted boom in the biotechnology industry, according to a new report. Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties, in fact, could be in better position than other locales in the Bay Area to accommodate manufacturing and distribution of new biotech products.
Twelve years ago while running for governor against a knowledgeable growth management ex-mayor, Democrat Dianne Feinstein scribbled the word "growth" on her hand so she would not forget to bring it up in her debate with Republican Pete Wilson.
A new requirement that nearly every California development project built with any public subsidies — including many affordable housing projects — must be constructed with prevailing wage labor appears to be having an impact. But the effects may not be as substantial as some people fear, at least not yet.
Some people react almost viscerally to the suggestion of combining schools with shopping centers, and with some reason. Education and retail are fundamentally different activities. Schools — at least our mental picture of them — are protective and cloistered, while shopping centers are bustling places wide open to the entire public. Like chocolate and onions, the two just do not seem to go together.
Landowners who filed a lawsuit contending that Santa Cruz County's second unit ordinance conflicted with state law should have filed suit when the county most recently amended the ordinance, not when the county applied the ordinance to conditional use permits, the Sixth District Court of Appeal has ruled.
An appellate court has overturned a jury's verdict on the fair market value of property that the City of Ripon took through eminent domain. The appellate panel ruled that the trial judge allowed the jury to hear inadmissible evidence about how the city allegedly blocked development of the property to diminish its value.