Bay Area Region

Judge Calls Pleasanton Housing Cap Illegal

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:24pm
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) ― An Alameda County Judge says the city of Pleasanton's voter-approved cap on the number of residences in the city violates state law and must be changed.

Voters had approved a ballot measure in 1996 capping the number of residences in the Silicon Valley city at 29,000. The city now has more than 27,000.

Council delays response to court ruling invalidating Pleasanton's housing cap

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:07pm

Ruling bars city from issuing building permits to commercial builders, but gives home builders freeer rein

The Pleasanton City Council delayed any action last night in response to an Alameda County court ruling that invalidated the city's 14-year-old housing cap.

The ruling immediately halted all commercial building in Pleasanton after Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch determined that the cap, which had limited the total number of homes and apartments allowed to be built in the city to no more than 29,000 units, violates state law and is invalid.

Coalition urges free bus passes for students in Bay Area

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 11:58am

Organizers said many students face a financial hardship paying for bus fares or passes to ride to and from school.

In the East Bay, AC Transit charges youths $1 per bus ride or $15 for a monthly bus pass, while many other agencies charge more.

Pressure builds to save Muni

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 4:15pm

Widespread frustration with Muni service cuts and fare hikes – passionately expressed by the public on Friday at a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency meeting that continues tomorrow (Tuesday, March 2, starting at noon in City Hall Room 400) – has prompted a surprisingly diverse backlash.

Billionaires for Wealthcare Counter-Protest Healthcare Demo and Defend Blue Cross

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 4:24pm

While Americans express anger at predatory insurance practices, Billionaires for Wealthcare say: "Let them eat Advil". As the Senate prepares for a huge vote on health care legislation, on February 25th residents from San Francisco and surrounding areas gathered at Blue Cross offices at 2 Embarcadero Center to highlight the need for robust reform. These demonstrators came face-to-face with Billionaire defenders of Blue Cross' right to do whatever they damn well please.

Members of Billionares for Wealthcare demanded honor and respect for the personhood of Blue Cross, and took the opportunity to announce the ticket of Blue Cross/Palin for 2012.


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