Justin Horner 
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Re: “Opinion: Prioritizing People in Our Housing Policies

While I am certain Abel shares the goals Ms Bas outlines here, what Ms Bas fails to discuss at all in this piece is the actual cost of building housing. She not only fails to lay out any suggestions of how to pay for an expansion of 100% affordable housing (I do not happen to think that Abel is the reason these projects havent happened; I think it's dollars and cents), but she also leaves out any discussion of the financial feasibility of building new homes when you increase affordable housing requirements, increase impact fees, and require community benefits agreements for "any" development deal.

I understand a policy position that says "look, if they cant build it our way then they can build elsewhere; and we are happy to have vacant properties until the right developer comes along." I just dont happen to agree with that. In truth, that has been the conventional approach in Oakland for decades--it is not an example of new and exciting leadership. And, well, look where we are.

And no mention of encouraging development in underzoned, exclusionary neighborhoods, like Crocker Highlands or Rockridge? That is also an important strategy.

Posted by Justin Horner on 10/19/2018 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends Record Against Five Challengers

"Together, the two candidates appear to be mounting a major challenge to Schaaf."

Please explain the logic underlying that conclusion. Yes, Price actually has earned votes from actual Oaklanders, but I dont see any evidence laid out about Brooks' levels of support. I assume a poll must have been done by now...

Posted by Justin Horner on 08/24/2018 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Schaaf Sitting on $315,000 in Campaign Cash Heading Into November Elections

By what measure, or by whom, is Cat Brooks considered a "top contender?"

Posted by Justin Horner on 08/02/2018 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Oakland Planning Commission Approves 'Mammoth' Tower Next to MacArthur BART

There is actually a definition of a conflict; it is not a she said/he said affair. Here it is (http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/conflicts-of-…).

It focuses on personal financial interest; not whether a person has previously exercised their rights of free speech and association.

Posted by Justin Horner on 02/02/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Eases Rules on Secondary Units to Add New Rental Housing

I am pleased to say that I heard from CM Kalb and there is an important part to the story that I am happy to add.

Initially, staff did not include the 1R and 72R lines in the program at all, and it was CM Kalb who went to the Planning Commission and pushed them to be added. For that, he gets credit in my book, and thanks.

This doesnt mean the changes were great, but thanks to CM Kalb (and CM Guillen), the program is even more extensive than initially proposed. So, while I'm not happy that RCPC continues to ply NIMBYism, CM Kalb's not exactly the villain here.

Oh, and is that Gary Patton, who retired in his 50s from the City of Oakland as the Assistant Planning Director blaming an ex-council aide of nearly a decade ago for poor planning in North Oakland? I'll put Jane's increase in the redevelopment affordable housing set-aside and increases in affordable housing at Uptown and Oak to 9th, beating back attacks on Rent Stabilization and increasing local hiring practices up against your legendary work ethic any day.

Since your memory's so spot on, what great idea(s) did you have that you couldn't get past a Council aide in his 20s?

Posted by Justin Horner on 01/07/2016 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Oakland Eases Rules on Secondary Units to Add New Rental Housing

This is indeed much needed policy change, and kudos to the Mayor and Planning staff for bringing it forward. Props also to Councilmember Guillen, who moved to add areas of his district into the new, more permissive regulations.

It should be noted though that Councilmember Kalb, at the behest of the Rockridge Community Planning Council, put forward amendments to restrict the program's applicability to North Oakland. Not only did they restrict residents of secondary units from getting residential parking permits--as though people living in granny flats aren't residents--but, more importantly, the amendments restricted the program to areas only within 1/4 mile (as opposed to 1/2 mile) from the 1R along Telegraph Avenue.

The fact that Rockridge was the only community in the city that came forward to push for a more restrictive program is a shame, and the fact that Kalb sponsored the amendments is a major disappointment. As a Rockridger myself, Ill say that if any neighborhood needs to open itself up to more housing options, it's Rockridge.

I cant help but feel RCPC is stuck a bit in the past (to put it politely) with its deep deep obsession with parking and kneejerk suspicion of people who would build or live in secondary units. The fact that such simple and sensible reforms can't go through without the usual Old Guard pearl-cluching about parking shows we still have a way to go.

Posted by Justin Horner on 01/06/2016 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Special Deal Would Benefit Influential Oakland Developer

Looking at the Broadway Valdez Specific Plan Height Areas Map (http://tinyurl.com/ooo8ybt) it looks like 85 feet on that side of Broadway was the plan, save for the little 45 foot carve out between 24th and 25th Street (which I assume is the property in question). Id say allowing more density there is fine, and certainly not inconsistent with the general intent of the community plan, in my view.

So, seems to me to be a) good planning practice; b) crap process. Typical these days, sadly.

Nefarious and corrupt? I doubt it highly

Posted by Justin Horner on 11/04/2015 at 9:37 AM

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