Councilmember Bry will not support removing parking requirements for housing
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The trade-off in reducing parking requirements to make it cheaper to build affordable housing isn’t being endorsed by La Jollans surveyed.

Recently, the City Council voted 8-1, with District 2 Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell dissenting, to reduce parking requirements to a zero minimum at new multifamily residential developments within Transit Priority Areas (TPAs). A TPA is defined as any area sitting within a half-mile of one or more planned or existing transit stops. 

Since the first reading of the proposed parking regulatory reform, Councilmember Barbara Bry of District 1 including La Jolla has changed her position.

“This proposed ordinance is a meat-axe approach to an issue that requires sensitivity to the unique characteristics  of each impacted neighborhood,” said Bry. “I will be voting no on Item 51: Proposed Parking Requirement Regulatory Reform for Multifamily Residential Development in TPAs.”

Added Bry, “Whatever the outcome of this vote, I will work with community groups to monitor impacts and to propose modifications to protect neighborhoods while moving toward the goals of reduced housing costs and reduced dependency on cars.”

Said Mayor Kevin Faulconer of this parking reform he first proposed last November, “We need to get government out of the way so constructing homes becomes easier, less expensive and faster. One of the ways we do that is by getting rid of outdated parking mandates that add significant costs to new housing.”

Here’s what La Jollans surveyed said about relaxing parking requirements in TPAs:

“There is no such thing as ‘affordable housing.’ There is only subsidized housing. The City is subsidizing housing in this case by allowing developers to build more units and have people park on the streets. Efforts like this simply lower the standard of living for all. We have an over- population problem, not an ‘affordable housing’ problem.”  — Dave Little

“I don't support the reduction in required parking anywhere including along transit lines. I don't think the way to increase housing is best done by degrading the living standards not only for residents, but also the areas surrounding the new developments. … People will want the freedom of owning and using cars for a long time to come. … Until transit catches up to the need, people will want their cars, and for good reason. ” — Ken Hunrichs

“Another extremely stupid decision by our city government. Where will all the cars go? I hope in their backyards. We do not have enough street parking to take the influx of more cars.” — Sally Miller

“Neither legislators nor community activists understand what’s happening now or how it will impact life in the future. If dense new development without parking occurs, it will not be different from the present impossible parking situation. We'll just have to use one of the scooters cluttering up our sidewalks, while waving hi to the homeless guy living in his car parked down the block. — Fran Zimmerman

“My thought is units not requiring parking will not cause people with cars to abandon them, but attract a greater density of residents without cars.  Automobiles are life-style accouterments for many So. Cal. citizens.  These folks will be pushed to living units with on-site parking accommodations. The populations will be segregated accordingly.  — Lincoln Foster

Councilmember Campbell said, “Putting in zero parking while adding density without the infrastructure of mass transit already present will lead to decreased quality of life and frustration for our citizens.”

Supervising City PIO Arian Collins noted that multifamily residential parking reform (RTIP) outlined in the new City parking ordinance “has a rolling five-year horizon period with identified funding for improvements.”

Collins said Metropolitan Bus Route 30 passing through La Jolla culminating at UTC is counted as transit, but does not qualify as a TPA. 

“In our Multifamily Residential TPA parking standards layer, Route 30 is anticipated to have a frequency of 15 minutes during peak commute periods,” said Collins. “However, there is no other intersecting high-frequency route in La Jolla anticipated in the RTIP to qualify for a TPA in La Jolla. TPAs that qualify with Route 30 are primarily in Pacific Beach.”

Thinking longer-term, City planning director Mike Hansen said, “These parking reforms set the city on the right path for the future as new mobility technologies emerge and younger generations increasingly want the option of living without a car. It’s important to keep in mind that the proposed parking reforms are for future residential development projects near transit. So this will be a big long-term change for San Diego, but the change will be gradual as new housing is built in the coming years.”


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Pedro Diego
March 24, 2019
Circulate San Diego says jump and the politicians ask how high. This is a developer funded 'think tank' posing as a transit/bike/pedestrian and environmental solution provider for local land use decisions. They've got loads of both local and out of town cash to spread around to pols who implement tax funded marginal improvements to safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure, Vision Zero, transit and traffic problems while okaying unwanted massive, dense developments in local neighborhoods. They produce virtue signaling reports and letters, written to massively advantage developers, fleece the public and only marginally solve any problems. Six months later, the proposals are endorsed into law by the city council and mayor with gushing approval in this Kabuki theater. Their influence also goes to surrounding cities and the county, as well as public agencies like SANDAG and MTS. (Think turning transit parking lots into housing. The chutzpah!) They support tax proposals that are long on promises but very short on deliverables. They come back and say 'more please.' SANDAG, MTS, city planning and the council and mayor are like the keystone cops being led by Harold Hill(aka CirculateSD) in the Music Man. "Ya got trouble, my friends, right here I say, trouble right here in River City." SANDAG and MTS couldn't plan their way out of a wet paper bag. $450K for a new SANDAG director who needs a another few years to rethink their transit plans. (See links below.) MTS wanting $2Billion in taxes when they still can't figure out what to do with CEO Paul Jablonski's investment in the Pacific Imperial Railroad?

Of course they aren't the only game in town. The local planning boards are being actively stacked with developer friendly insiders supported by downtown PR firms and 'social media influencers'; architects, land use professionals, new urbanists (read their profiles), many posing as bike/transit/pedestrian or environmental activist. At the same time the state level mandates as seen from Sacramento are top down efforts, forcing generalized housing 'equity' mandates onto cities that may or may not be able to implement them while taking away their self governing democracy and over riding locally, long established zoning. Certainly not what voters asked for or intended. This is all on the Democrats at all levels of government. They own it.

What used to be called Transit Oriented Development (TOD), is now called Transit Priority Areas (TPAs). It's a public relations slight of hand to remove the word development from the pubic discourse. A TPA is defined as any area sitting within a half-mile of one or more "planned or existing" transit stops. That could mean almost anything to a good lawyer. Don't believe anything the city reps say about what qualifies for TPA or at what speed this will all take place. The goal posts are always being moved after the fact. They play fast and loose with promises, interpretations and if need be will change the rules quietly in closed sessions later. Look at the code enforcement debacles in Point Loma and Ocean Beach around redevelopment heights and densities. Watch how the granny flat boondoggle plays out with no parking required. You won't see grandma in those new AirBnB bungalows but you'll definitely see cars parked in the alleys or on the streets.

The District Two Councilmember Dr. Jen Campbell dissenting (wink-wink) is just for political cover in a district that wants no part of this forced rezoning. Her colleagues passed and the mayor endorses the proposal, all while preening their virtue in providing solutions to what? Affordable housing? NOT! Solutions that benefit the developers, bankers and tax collectors, not to mention AirBnB in attractive sections of the city. Surrounding long time residents, citizens, businesses and taxpayers be damned! Building massively around the new trolley line is certainly problematic and unwanted, but to add insult to injury by overriding, without a public vote, existing zoning in the coastal zones, small business districts and residential neighborhoods along bus lines is too clever by half. Enough is enough!

Barbara Bry has changed her position, now knowing this will pass anyway. Good cover for her mayoral run, but she should have stood principled sooner so as to influence others. More Kabuki theater. As for other mayoral hopefuls, council hopefuls and Assembly House and Senate candidates, you must know this is outrageous overreach. Your YIMBY puppet masters might provide you tons of money but can they quell the anger and resentment you are sowing among the wide populace when your 'solutions' prove not just fruitless but damaging, problematic and expensive?

Boom and bust, boom and bust. A staple of California real estate was nationalized with Barney Frank and his insistence of imprudent lending to high risk borrowers, cascading into the 2008 financial crisis and ultimately the bank bailouts to the tune of Five Trillion dollars. No homeowners were helped, but the banks were handed trillions they needed to get a return on. The housing bubble was re-inflated with Wall Street hedge funds (financed from the Federal Reserve Bank - i.e. taxpayers) buying distressed properties for dimes on the dollar, forcing prices up and making home ownership unaffordable to the average working stiff who saw no wage rise and their jobs go offshore. AirBnB was invented to fill those homes. This new feudalism is enabled with the 'cantillon effect' advantaging the Wall Street banks and their close Democratic Socialist pals. You can hear it in the language they use when discussing the need for 'workforce housing'. Rather than raising the lower classes up, they bring the middle classes down. The 1% sure play to win; you have to give them credit. (Pun intended!) The low interest rates that punish savers and inflate housing values are the driver of this 'manufactured housing crisis.' The developers are moving as fast as they can to build at low rates of financing, and low costs of materials and labor before the induced tsunami of inflation rolls in and wipes out the value of the currency. When interest rates rise (and they have to at some point), the game is over. Big time.

The inflated housing prices provide the inflated tax base for the engorgement of government. All levels of government have to create new bureaucracies and technocrats to spend all that loot. And they still can't provide reasonable services (DMV, MediCal, transit, roads, etc.) or pay their own retirement funding. Ha! What a racket. High speed rail to nowhere anyone? Their housing solutions, education solutions, medical coverage solutions, energy solutions are all the same wishful, pie in the sky, dreaming that so typifies the elite Democratic Chardonnay swilling do-gooders. The elites will make out just fine. As for the rest; Let them eat cake!

When socialist control the means of production; housing, elementary/secondary and college education, university research, transportation, medical care, energy production, land use regulations, environmental services, banking and money printing, communications, internet, free speech (or not), voting, wage and prices etc., it soon turns into an authoritarian, left-wing fascism or communist totalitarianism. What a gift to the coming generations. Of course the millennial's have been educated (brainwashed) to believe this nonsense, and will march willingly to the gulags in their future. So sad. The Green New Deal is where your hundred dollar bills are turned into one dollar bills with the wave of a hand, but your debts remain fully priced and non-dischargeable. Meanwhile no real problems are solved and the 1% laugh down their noses, while gazing from their high rise condos, country estate ranches or far away vacation destinations, at all the workforce serfs in the choked streets paying taxes for government employee wages & benefits, high speed rail to nowhere, ineffective transit, toilet to tap water, eating rainbow stew out of dumpsters and bathing in the polluted waters of our once beautiful beaches. The 'Soylent Green' New Deal.

Read it and weep… Links.


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Michael Biddick
March 25, 2019
I read it and wept, Thanks Pedro
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