Housing Advisory Commission log:
Regarding the FY2020-2021 Community Agency RFP Cycle

June 18, 2018

This is a revised version of a letter to City Council. The HAC voted to on May 3, 2018 to send the letter with the revisions made here. (Note, the Commission Chair gets the last chance to make changes and so the letter sent might differ slightly from this one.)

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Housing Advisory Commission log:
Work plan: workplan updates

June 7, 2018

The purpose of this work plan item is to schedule work plan reviews and updates at future meetings. (Image from https://xkcd.com.)



Housing Advisory Commission log:
Work plan: U1 reporting

June 7, 2018

This is an item for the HAC's work plan. One of the assigned duties of the HAC is to prepare an annual or biannual report making various housing policy recommendations to City Council. The HAC has not yet implemented this new duty. This work plan item is to change that. (Image from the Online Archive of California via the Berkeley Public Library.)

Housing Advisory Commission log:
Work plan: smokefree housing ordinance

June 7, 2018

This work item is a reminder that work will continue on improving the smoke free multi-unit housing ordinance.



Housing Advisory Commission log:
Work plan: democratized housing innovations summit

June 7, 2018

This work plan item is to attempt to organize one or more workshops convening activists who are helping Berkeley form policy mechanisms for decommodifying and democratizing housing.

Housing Advisory Commission log:
Work plan: JSISHL updates and engagement

June 7, 2018

This is a work plan item to help the HAC coordinate with the Joint Subcommittee for Implementation of State Housing Law.



Housing Advisory Commission log:
Work plan: delayed moderate income subcommittee report

June 7, 2018

The purpose of this work plan item is to wrap up work from a subcommittee in the 2018 fiscal year.

Housing Advisory Commission log:
Work plan: code enforcement review

June 7, 2018

This is an item for the HAC's work plan. One of the assigned duties of the HAC is to review code enforcement practices and priorities and to make recommendations in relation. The HAC hasn't done so for years. Let's try to fix that.



Housing Advisory Commission log:
HAC Agenda: May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

The agenda packet for the May, 2018 meeting of the Housing Advisory Commission.



Housing Advisory Commission log:
HAC item: Re U1 Property Purchase and Revenue Bond

May 3, 2018

The HAC should discourage Council from making bad borrowing choices in the name of affordable housing. The overwhelming need for more available, affordable housing demands fiscal efficiency, not splashy, over-priced projects. The HAC should support the use of U1 fund for certain property purchases.

Housing Advisory Commission log:
HAC item: Work plan process

May 3, 2018

A proposed process for creating the Commission work plan in June.



Housing Advisory Commission log:
HAC item: Record of 2017 recommendations

May 3, 2018

An item in partial fullfillment of the Commission's new duties under Measure U1 (2016).



Housing Advisory Commission log:
Subcommittee memo on moderate income housing

April 2, 2018

An item for the moderate income subcommittee in response to the subcommittee's charter. Includes a discussion of some aspects of social housing.

The Berkeley Blog:
Cut or commit time for the Berkeley Way project

March 7, 2018

Is it time to suspend the BRIDGE/BFHP development at Berkeley Way?



The Berkeley Blog:
CA SB827: What would Marx say?

March 7, 2018

California Senate Bill SB827 proposes to radically up-zone large parts of urban California, whether local jurisdictions want it or not. Some proponents of the bill claim this will spur development in exclusive, rich neighborhoods, sparing poorer neighborhoods. Such proponents are silly: the bill is very much an attack on lower income neighborhoods.



Housing Advisory Commission log:
Motion regarding apartment sale first right of refusal

19 February 2018

An item to ensure that the Small Sites Program, meant to help purchase apartment buildings to preserve affordability, allows the City to use the program for land banking and the collection of a flexible-use pool of social housing.



Housing Advisory Commission log:
Motion to correct officer elections

19 February 2018

An item to correct election irregularities that occured at the February HAC meeting.

The Berkeley Blog:
The infrastructure trap

February 9, 2018

Berkeley's tendency towards "pothole politics" is a game for suckers: the emerging federal infrastructure bill is a trap.










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