Stuart Flashman

Latest (4/18/18) Update on SB 827

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

With opposition to their bill appearing both wide and strong, Senators Scott Wiener (D-S.F.) and Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland/Berkeley) backpedaled significantly on their bill to mandate upzoning near transit stations and along transit corridors.  However, it was apparently not enough.  SB 827's first committee hearing, before the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, happened April 17th.  While the results of that hearing were not yet available on the Legislature's website, News

March RCPC Town Hall - BART bikeshare Station and More

Sunday, April 1, 2018

There wasn’t quite the full house that had greeted the January Town Hall, but the March Town Hall audience, coming to hear a follow-up report on the Rockridge BART Station Ford GoBike bikeshare station, as well as new enforcement plans for Rockridge’s many Residential Permit Parking areas, was still plentiful, and they got lots of information from the meeting.

Update on Senators Wiener's and Skinner's new housing upzone bill

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The February Rockridge News featured an article on Senators Scott Wiener's (D-San Francisco) and Nancy Skinner's (D-Oakland-Berkeley) bill, which would mandate residential upzoning near transit stations and major transit line stops statewide.  Faced with significant opposition to their bill, they have added a series of amendments.  (The attached file shows the bill's amended language as of March 1, 2018.)

Update on Rockridge BART bikeshare station location

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Following up on a commitment made at the January RCPC Town Hall meeting, representatives of BART, the City, and Motivate (the bikeshare provider) are beginning the process of re-evaluating possible sites for a bikeshare station for the Ford GoBike bikeshare program.  The program is cosponsored by the City, Motivate, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and bikeshare stations are being located in many cities throughout the Bay Area.  The Rockridge BART station location is a key location within Rockridge, with space for up to 35 bikes.

New bill by Senators Wiener & Skinner would transform Rockridge (and the East Bay

Friday, January 26, 2018

Following up on their success last year in passing SB 35 (see Land Use Committee Update article for January 2018), State Senators Scott Wiener (San Francisco) and Nancy Skinner (Oakland/Berkeley) have introduced a new bill, SB 827, intended to address California's housing crisis.  The bill would create a "transit-rich housing bonus" that would apply to areas near transit stations or "high quality transit corridors" (bus service at least every 15 minutes during peak travel hours).  In those areas, local zoning height limits would be replaced by height limits

January RCPC Town Hall draws a large crowd

Thursday, January 25, 2018

An overflow crowd filled the Rockridge Library's meeting room on the evening of January 24th to hear about a variety of topics, mostly related to transportation.  The topic included the removal and replacement of trees around the Rockridge BART station that had been identified as hazards, placing min-roundabouts along Shafter Avenue in conjunction with its repaving this Spring, the location of Ford Go-bike bikeshare stations around Rockridge, including in front of the Firestorm tile mural at the Rockridge BART station, and an update on a condominium project put forward by Signature

Agenda for January 24th Land Use Committee Meeting

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Land Use Committee's January 24th meeting will be held, beginning at 7:30 PM, at the upstairs meeting room of the Rockridge Branch Library on College Ave. at Manila St.  The agenda will focus on the ongoing Rockridge Housing Study and include the following:

Old Chase Building Demolition Update

Monday, January 15, 2018

If you've driven past the corner of Broadway and Pleasant Valley in the last week, you may have noticed activity there.  Here's the latest update from TRC, Inc., the developers of "Shops at the Ridge," on the demolition of the old, asbestos-contaminated Chase Bank building at the corner.  Demolition had been stalled by the discovery that the cables holding up the roof deck were covered with asbestos.  The City has now issued a demolition permit to take the building down, and the plans have been approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which

December Land Use Committee Meeting

Monday, December 18, 2017

There will be a short Land Use Committee meeting this month.  As of now, there are two items on the agenda.

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