On March 7th, the Senate had a 4+ hour hearing. In this first section, we hear from experts on California's housing crisis, subsidized affordable housing, how zoning and permitting restrict housing and more!
Meet D and Skylar, our new Kentucky besties. And Yimby Action is the new jam. Grow San Francisco is old news. It's all about the consolidated Yimby brand. Get pumped. Also #ShadowScandal. Discretionary Review is a train wreck and we all know it.
Laura Clark, Brian Hanlon and Mission Housing Director Sam Moss chat about the obscure-but-important upcoming ADEM elections, HUD, regional housing conversations, and the political importance of the San Francisco leather scene.
Brian Hanlon hosts a panel of Top Wonks:
- Ben Metcalf (CA HCD)
- Tomiquia Moss (Oakland Mayor's Office)
- Michael Lens (UCLA)
- Kate Downing (Palo Alto Forward)
A few of the wonkiest moments at the beginning were lost, but we think you'll survive.
The Yimby Crew discusses all the recent press and how to deal with the haters. Laura, Sonja and Brian debate what is worth responding to and what is just straight up nonsense.
Our recently elected Yimby State Senator Scott Wiener is charging out of the gate, adding some teeth to regional housing accountability. We can't wait to see what he does next!
The photo is from the Yimby Party Party back in September. Scott commented that it was the only party he'd ever seen with a zoning map and a disco ball. That's how we roll!
Yimby's are running for the San Francisco Sierra Club Executive Committee! Listen to responses from the recent candidate forum. You can also read Laura Foote Clark's Op-Ed in the Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/millennials-just-frustrated-housing-much-anyone-else/
While the national election looms over everything, the YIMBYs attempt to process local the results. What the hell just happened?
Tomorrow is election day. Assuming we all live, here's what comes next.
This week we're sponsored by Brigade. Check out Laura and Sonja's ballots with some explainers on this cool little social network for nerds:
Laura's ballot: https://l.brigade.com/XzuQ
Sonja's ballot: https://l.brigade.com/7Y2
An interview with John Gamboa, President of California Community Builders. It's a deep dive into the weeds of homeownership, focusing on policies to support Latino and low-income Californians. How can YIMBYs effectively advocate with communities of color for our shared housing objectives?
A short episode that will rouse you to action! Oh my god, everything is so exciting and happening!
Sam Moss, Executive Director of subsidized affordable housing developer Mission Housing and good friend of the Yimbys, comes on to spar over Proposition P. Whiskey was key to the success of this conversation.
Drinking buddies include: Laura Clark, Sonja Trauss, Brian Hanlon and Sam Moss
In the first half we're joined by the most epic people in local politics, SF Transformation - @sfmtra on Twitter. These anonymous local heroes are taking matters into their own hands, adding rouge bike and pedestrian infrastructure to save lives.
Then we switch to talk about the role of big, dark, sinister, sweet money in local campaigns. Should we be afraid or **very** afraid?
A shorter episode, in which we hear from lots of Yimbys. Volunteers from the Mass Mobilization tell us what motivates them and what it's like to talk with voters. Canvassing: It's not so hard! So come join us. Apologies in advance for the sound mixing!
President Obama is officially a **YIMBY**. We're over the moon! Except... now we have to do the organizing to actually get this done. So, what does building a ground game look like?
Our old favorite Obama quote:
"Democracy works, America, but we got to want it - not just during an election year, but all the days in between."
Our new favorite Obama quote:
"We can work together to break down rules that stand in the way of building new housing and that keep families from moving to growing, dynamic cities."
San Francisco Planning Commissioner Christine Johnson gives us an insider perspective on all those hearings we've been tweeting from. How did she find herself on the Planning Commission? Is this how it ends? We hope not, because we're huge fans! With regular YIMBYs Laura Clark of Grow San Francisco, Sonja Trauss of Bay Area Renters Federation, and Silvia Mahan.