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Friday, March 27th, 2015     

CEO Jeremy Madsen in The Atlantic

Developers are still stubbornly focused on paving over natural and agricultural lands to build car-dependent single-family homes in far-flung suburbs. Fortunately, the Bay Area has been bucking the national trend as our CEO Jeremy Madsen explains to The Atlantic. Continue reading

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015     

Holy Urban Greening, Batman!

Urban Greening Priority Conservation Areas are an investment in our neighborhoods’ natural resources that will create healthier environments for humans and wildlife while also cutting long-term costs and increasing land value. Continue reading

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015     

A Win for Affordable Homes in Sunnyvale

On March 17, the Sunnyvale City Council took action to address the housing crisis by approving a fee on market-rate rental projects that will fund much-needed affordable homes. Continue reading

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015     

Sunnyvale Roundup

Sunnyvale is currently experiencing explosive growth. If Silicon Valley’s cities fail to approve more homes within existing urban boundaries, this booming growth will only increase housing prices and the pressure to sprawl out onto our open spaces. Here is a quick update on how Sunnyvale is addressing these challenges. Continue reading

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015     

San Mateo County Cities Lead the Way toward Thriving Neighborhoods

In San Mateo County, three cities—East Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Mateo—are demonstrating leadership in making their communities better places to live and work by approving projects, programs, and plans that address some of the county’s most critical needs. Continue reading

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015     

How Santa Clara County Is Protecting Our Most Valuable Resource—Water

Healthy Bay Area watersheds are fundamental to safeguarding California’s limited water resources, now under increasing strain from development and climate change. The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resources system that keeps our creeks and ecosystems healthy for nearly 2 million residents. Continue reading

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015     

Scoping Out the BART Extension to the South Bay

Tracks are being laid, plans are moving forward, and the long-awaited BART extension from the East Bay to the South Bay is coming! And the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), which is managing the process, wants to hear from you. Continue reading

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015     

The Atlantic: Why Are Developers Still Building Sprawl?

Boomers and Millennials say they want to live in compact, walkable developments, but builders are putting their money into suburban McMansions. Continue reading

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Friday, February 20th, 2015     

The Daily Journal: Redwood City studies developer housing fee: Planning Commission considers Community Benefits Program

As Redwood City embarks on ways to draw more benefits out of future developments, its residents have made it clear what is needed the most is affordable housing. Continue reading

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Friday, February 20th, 2015     

Streetsblog SF: San Mateo Adopts Vision Zero and LOS Reform With Sustainable Streets Plan

With the adoption of its Sustainable Streets Plan on Tuesday, San Mateo’s City Council has embraced several major transportation policy reforms, including Vision Zero and reforming car-oriented street design and development practices. Continue reading

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