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Governor Newsom Announces Legislative Proposals To Confront The Housing Cost Crisis
March 13, 2019


An unprecedented $750 million in support would help cities plan and zone for new housing. Legislative proposal lays out plan to update and modernize cities’ housing goals to better reflect regional workforce and transportation needs. Governor Newsom: “Our state’s affordability crisis is undermining the California Dream and the foundations of our economic well-being” 

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a major legislative proposal as part of his $1.75 billion package to confront the housing cost crisis. The new proposal sets higher short-term goals for housing that cities and counties must meet, and provides $750 million in support and incentives to help jurisdictions plan and zone for these higher, ambitious housing targets.

The proposal would also update and modernize the state’s long-term housing goals, known as Regional Housing Needs Allocations (RHNA), to better reflect regional housing and transportation needs.

This proposal is one part of Governor Newsom’s ambitious $1.75 billion housing package for 2019, which includes $1 billion in tax credits and loans to spur low, mixed and middle-income housing production through separate legislative and budget proposals.

“Our state’s affordability crisis is undermining the California Dream and the foundations of our economic well-being,” said Governor Newsom. “Families should be able to live near where they work. They shouldn’t live in constant fear of eviction or spend their whole paycheck to keep a roof overhead. That’s increasingly the case throughout California.” 

In January, Governor Newsom unveiled his $1.75 billion budget proposal to spur housing in California and called on the Legislature to provide relief and stabilization for renters. He signed an executive order to build affordable housing on excess state lands and announced first-of-its-kind legal action against a city, Huntington Beach, for standing in the way of affordable housing production and refusing to meet regional housing needs. In his State of the State address, he offered state assistance to the 47 California cities out of compliance with state housing requirements and invited city leaders to meetings with state housing officials in Long Beach and Sacramento. 

As part of the plan to address the housing cost crisis, the Governor proposes:
Accelerating and Incentivizing Housing Goals
Through these proposals, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will establish new, higher short-term statewide housing goals for jurisdictions. HCD will adjust statewide targets for 2020 and 2021 and jurisdictions will be incentivized to accelerate their three-year RHNA goals to reach those benchmarks within two years. HCD will distribute increased targets to jurisdictions based on factors such as jobs, households, and affordability.
Jump-Starting Housing Production

The trailer bills provide $750 million in one-time funding to help jump-start housing production. $250 million will go to cities for planning towards their new, higher short-term housing goals. $500 million will go to cities as incentives as they meet certain milestones of planning and zoning for more housing.

Local governments will receive $250 million in grants to support technical assistance and staffing to adjust plans to reach the higher RHNA goals – half directly to cities, and half through regions. Regions will create action plans to identify process improvements, barriers to production, and other activities needed to increase production. Cities will receive $125 million to begin work on improving their processes. Another $125 million will be distributed to regions to plan and award to cities in accordance with regional plans. If a jurisdiction is in a region or county that has not submitted a plan, they can submit their own for HCD approval. HCD will identify a methodology to distribute incentive rewards to these unique jurisdictions.

An additional $500 million will be made available to cities in incentive grants. Beginning in 2021, incentive grants for general purposes will become available for jurisdictions that have made progress in implementing their plans and meeting increased production goals. Regions will develop the reward methodology, in furtherance of their regional housing plan goals, and with HCD approval. 

Steps Towards Long-Term Housing Reform
To make meaningful reforms to the housing crisis in California, all stakeholders must work collaboratively to develop sustainable, long-term solutions. California must take a more comprehensive approach to planning for housing and transportation. This new proposal will ensure that by December 31, 2022, HCD, in collaboration with the Office of Planning and Research (OPR), will engage stakeholders and propose an improved RHNA process and methodology. Working with the California State Transportation Agency and OPR, HCD will engage stakeholders and propose opportunities to link transportation and other non-housing funds with housing goals by the end of 2022. Beginning July 1, 2023, SB 1 Local Streets and Roads funds may be withheld from any jurisdiction that does not have a compliant housing element and has not zoned and entitled for its updated annual housing goals.

Expanding Middle Class Housing Opportunities
A separate trailer bill will propose the creation of a major, new investment in spurring new middle-class housing production. This will happen by providing funding to support the development of affordable housing critical to spurring affordable communities. The Governor’s proposal would allocate $500 million for the expansion of the State Housing Tax Credit Program. These funds would pair with the existing underutilized 4 percent affordable housing federal tax credit program -- targeted at new construction projects. Up to $200 million of this new allocation may allowably fund the creation of a new program targeting development of moderate-income housing -- for households of up to 120 percent of AMI -- a population not typically served by the state’s housing programs.

The final $500 million of the Governor’s housing package does not require a budget trailer bill. It is included in the proposed budget and proposes a $500 million General Fund one-time allocation to expand CalHFA’s Mixed-Income Loan Program. This investment would jumpstart the estimated $43 million in annual funding dedicated to this program and would pair with the proposed tax credit program described above. 

CivicSpark Fellows Make Impacts in Central Coast Communities
March 5, 2019

The Governor's Office of Planning and Research recently distributed announcements that it is recruiting partner organizations to host the 2019-2020 class of CivicSpark Fellows. Did you know that CivicSpark Fellows are already working in communities throughout the Central Coast?

This year, Fellows’ work is divided into tracks with sub-tracks including Climate (Adaptation, Climate Action Plan Development, and Climate Action Plan Implementation), Water, and Opportunity Access (Housing, Broadband, and Transportation). It is anticipated that next year Fellows will not be divided into tracks, but will work under the umbrella of Resilience with the intent of encouraging opportunities to work on cross-cutting projects including the nexus between issues such as water, housing, disadvantaged communities, and climate policy. For Fellows across California, this year’s projects include a broad range is of initiatives  and assignments that partner them with a wide a variety of agencies (city, county, regional, state), nonprofit groups, utilities, and other organizations.

Lynn Socha, CivicSpark FellowLynn Socha, a CivicSpark Fellow assigned to work with the Ventura County Planning Division, stated that “Through the CivicSpark program, I have the unique opportunity to assist the County of Ventura in drafting the County’s 2040 General Plan and incorporated Climate Action Plan. My work has enhanced pertinent skills in environmental communication and outreach, project planning and implementation, and public policy. This experience has enabled me to make a positive impact on the world by building capacity in local government and helping communities in need”.

Along the Central Coast, CivicSpark Fellows are currently working with the following organizations and projects:

Ventura County

  • Alexander ‘Sasha’ Burrows: Works with the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County (EDC-VC) on projects improving broadband infrastructure deployment, adoption, and access in the tri-county area.
  • Daniel Kosiba: Involved in work on the City of Oxnard’s Local Coastal Program Update.
  • Lynna Ohanian: Working on Decarbonization for Health and Safety in Ventura County with Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG).
  • Lynn Socha: Project work focuses on the County of Ventura’s Climate Action Plan development as part of its General Plan Update project.
  • Andrew Wakelee: Working with the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) in development of the Ventura County Electric Vehicle Ready Blueprint.

Santa Barbara County

  • Sean Burns: Working on greening County of Santa Barbara operations through work with the County of Santa Barbara’s Sustainability Committee.
  • Angeline Foshay:  Working on 100 Percent Renewable Energy Work Plan Development and Star Communities with the City of Goleta.

San Luis Obispo County

  • Jack Boyce: Working on Resilient Guadalupe–Guadalupe Resistente project in support of the City of Guadalupe.
  • Bryan Iwamoto and Francisco Pares-Olguin: Assisting the San Luis Obispo Energy Watch Partnership on energy efficiency and climate initiatives as part of the SLO Green Challenge program.
  • Ayelet Zamek: Works on projects related to water sustainability planning for disadvantaged communities with a  focus on data-driven water policy work.

CivicSpark is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local public agencies to address community resilience to emerging environmental and socioeconomic challenges such as: climate change, water resource management, affordable housing, and mobility. CivicSpark is managed by the Local Government Commission (LGC) in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.

Andrew Wakelee, CivicSpark FellowTalking about his experience, CivicSpark Fellow Andrew Wakelee noted that “During this service year I have been working in my hometown of Ventura on a project to develop new infrastructure and community engagement for more electric vehicle charging stations, which will make Ventura County more environmentally sustainable while also saving many people money on transportation. I have also been working on a volunteer project with other Fellows in the County to partner with local organizations and high school students on cleaning up local beaches and teaching sustainable environmental practices. While I am in my hometown for my service year, other fellows have come to serve all over California from throughout the country!”

The Governor's Office of Planning and Research is recruiting partner organizations to host the 2019-2020 class of CivicSpark Fellows. Interested jurisdictions and organizations can learn more about CivicSpark by attending a Project Partner Informational Webinar and by visiting http://civicspark.lgc.org/.

Applications will be accepted in waves, with the first priority deadline on March 15th, and the second on May 3rd. CivicSpark is implemented by the Local Government Commission in partnership with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research.

Written by Clay Downing and Lynn Socha

Emerging Professional Planners Gather to Hone Skills in Ventura County
March 3, 2019

EPP in Ventura CountyThursday, February 28, 2019

A small group gathered at Brendan’s Irish Pub in Camarillo to participate the Emerging Professional Planners’ (EPP) first speed interviewing event. The event’s objective was to provide an opportunity for students and early career planners to sharpen their interview skills and get feedback from experienced professionals from the Ventura County area.

Once the event got underway, each interviewee was paired with a guest panelist before beginning a series of fast-pasted mock interviews. During each interview, the interviewees responded to as many questions as they are able to within a designated period. Following each interview period, the pair held a short debrief before the interviewees rotated to the next panelist.

California Lutheran University graduate student Joel Hayes stated that “it was a pleasure to be able to interview with professionals who have years of experience and asked great questions that were insightful and relevant.”

Guest panelists for the event included Steve DeGeorge (Planning and Technology Director, Ventura County Transportation Commission), Jim O’Tousa (County Geologist, Ventura County Public Works Agency), and Sandy Smith (Land Use Consultant, Sespe Consulting and Adjunct Professor, California Lutheran University).

The EPP group is part of APA California’s Central Coast Section which provides professional development opportunities for students and early career planners in the form of networking, events, and guidance between experienced planners and EPP participants.

 Are you a student or new to planning? Get in touch with one of our EPP Officers, their contact information is at centralcoastapa.org/board-of-directors

Written by Clay Downing

Joint APA - AEP Mixer in San Luis Obispo
March 21, 2019
Joint APA - AEP Mixer in San Luis Obispo
The San Luis Obispo Subsection of APA and AEP have teamed up for a mixer on March 21, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Planners and friends are invited to join us at Barrelhouse Brewing Co. in Downtown SLO for appetizers, beer, and good conversation!
Please reach out to Spencer Johnson (spencer@lisawiseconsulting.com) if you have any questions.
Governor Newsom Unveils Proposals to Tackle Housing Affordability Crisis
January 22, 2019


Contact: Governor's Press Office

Tuesday, January 15, 2019(916) 445-4571

Governor Newsom signs executive order to build affordable housing on excess state lands

Last week, Governor Newsom's budget proposed $1.75 billion to spur housing production

 SAN JOSE — In San Jose, a community acutely experiencing California’s housing crisis, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a series of proposals to tackle housing affordability. Surrounded by area families who are considering leaving the state due to the high cost of housing, the Governor signed an executive order and laid out a number of proposals to spur housing production and help families. 

Governor Newsom’s housing proposals are a central pillar of his broader “California for All” agenda. Californians spend more of their income on housing costs than residents of almost any other place in America, and those huge costs are driving middle-class workers and their families further away from their jobs, and often out of the state. Meanwhile, a number of recent studies have warned that the state’s tight housing market will constrain future economic growth and deepen economic inequality.

At the event today, Governor Newsom laid out components of his plan to tackle the housing affordability crisis for families:

  • An executive order, signed today, to spur affordable housing development on state land;
  • $1.75 billion in new housing production dollars, laid out in his budget, to help incentivize housing production; and
  • Asking the Legislature to work collaboratively on efforts to help renters and protect families from out-of-control rent increases.

During the roundtable discussion, San Jose residents shared their stories dealing with the high cost of housing and rent. Shavell Crawford, a working professional, explained how she and her fiancé were doubtful that they could afford to live in an apartment without roommates once they were married. Nuemi Guzman, a legal assistant, told of how she had to commute two hours each way to work because she couldn't afford to live any closer, meaning she could only see her two children just before they went to bed each night.

 “The California Dream is in peril if we don't act to address this housing crisis,” said Governor Newsom. “The cost of housing -- both for homeowners and renters -- is the defining quality-of-life concern for people across this state. Housing costs threaten to erode our state’s long-term prosperity and are driving hardworking Californians to look for opportunities elsewhere. That’s why I'm proposing a series of unprecedented actions to tackle this crisis head-on, and I look forward to working with  the Legislature, cities, and counties to solve these urgent challenges."

 As part of his California for All housing plan, the Governor proposes:

 An unprecedented and historic effort to incentivize housing production: To address California’s housing affordability crisis, the Governor’s budget proposal includes $1.75 billion to spur housing development and promote economic growth. The budget allocates $500 million for incentives for localities that create new housing and $250 million to provide technical assistance to cities and localities to responsibly ramp up zoning and permitting processes. The budget also invests in housing solutions for the missing middle class that too often cannot find affordable housing near their jobs. This includes $500 million for tax credits and $500 million for home construction.

Developing affordable housing on state lands: Governor Newsom signed an executive order to develop affordable housing on excess state lands. The executive order directs the Department of General Services (DGS) to take an inventory of all state-owned lands for potential development no later than April 30, 2019. The Department of Housing and Community Development and Housing Finance Agency will be directed to develop new screening tools to evaluate state lands and, where appropriate, state agencies can consider exchanging excess state land with local governments for other parcels, for affordable housing development. DGS, in consultation with the Department of Housing and Community Development, can issue Requests for Proposals on individual parcels and accept proposals from developers of affordable housing interested in entering into low-cost, long-term ground leases of parcels on the priority map.

 Working with the Legislature to address the rising cost of rent: The Governor is committed to increasing protections and relief for renters. He looks forward to working with the Legislature to find common ground on efforts to prevent rent spikes and create stability for renters.

Advanced CEQA Workshop - Ventura
February 21, 2019


Attorney: Mr. Whitman Manley, Remy, Moose, Manley 

Private Practitioner: Dr. Chris Williamson, AICP, Principal Planner for the City of Oxnard 

Public Agency: Ms. Allison Cook, AICP, Assistant Planning Director, City of Agoura Hills

Come up to speed on the now official revisions to the 2019 CEQA Guidelines approved by the Office of Administrative Law on December 28, 2018. We will cover the latest case law updates and advanced topics like tiering, transportation impact analysis, baseline, greenhouse gas emissions analysis, the standard of review in light of Friant Ranch case, and Joint NEPA/CEQA documents. (6 AICP and 3 MCLE Credits pending).

Registration includes breakfast and lunch. Early registration deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019.

Register herehttps://www.califaep.org/programs/ceqa-advanced-workshop


Advanced CEQA Workshop - Ventura

Thurs. Feb. 21, 2019 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Ventura City Hall - Community Room

501 Poli St

Ventura, CA 93001


Central Coast Section Welcomes Board Members
January 1, 2019

In December, APA members throughout the Central Coast cast votes for a variety of postions on the Central Coast Section's Executive Board of Directors.

The Executive Board of Directors for APA California's Central Coast Section, serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Board members fill a number roles and volunteer their time as they strive to provide planning professionals, elected officials, and community members with services, support, and information to advance planning in the Central Coast and beyond. The November-December election resulted in the following Board members being welcome onto the Central Coast Section's Executive Board:

  • Director Elect: Rachel Raynor
  • Events Officer: Hollee King, AICP
  • Finance Officer: Steve Welton, AICP
  • Professional Development Officer: John Novi, AICP
  • Public Information Officer: Clay Downing
2019 APA California State Conference | Call for Proposals
December 2, 2018

The Central Coast Section will be hosting the APA California 2019 Conference, A Resilient Future, from September 15-18, 2019 in Santa Barbara and the Call for Proposals opened December 1st!

The Call for Proposals will close on January 31, 2019 at 5:00pm. Late submittals will not be accepted.

Consider submitting a proposal for the upcoming APA Conference, the Conference Host Committee is looking forward to welcoming planners from throughout our industry to Santa Barbara.

If you have any questions, please contact the 2019 Programs Subcommittee at Calapa2019programs@gmail.com.



APA California Conference Presentations Available
November 17, 2018

The conference session presentations that have been provided by the moderators/speakers for posting on the Chapter website are hyperlinked and ready to view. If you are a presenter and do not see your presentation, please contact Francine Farrell at ategoresources@live.com.

The complete list of presentation material is available to members only.

Non-members who attended the conference may view up to 5 titles if you registered for the full conference or up to 5 titles of sessions presented on the day of attendance by 1-day attendees. Email Francine Farrell at ategoresources@live.com providing the date, time & session title and a copy of your emailed registration confirmation.

Go here to view the presentations.

Call for Nominations for 2019 Dale Prize
November 17, 2018 to November 27, 2018

From Blueprint to Resilience: Planning When Change is the Norm

2019 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning

 The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona seeks nominations for the 2019 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. The Dale Prize recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students. The Dale Prize is awarded in pairs: a $5,000 award to a scholar and a $5,000 award to a practitioner. Awardees spend two days on the campus, meet with students in classes, and participate in a colloquium and other events.

The 2019 theme is From Blueprint to Resilience: Planning when Change is the Norm. Comprehensive planning assumed that planners could anticipate the future and discern goals around which a plan could be crafted. Yet the “plan as blueprint” model is upended by changes in society, the economy, spatial structure, environmental conditions, and technology. Local insurgencies challenge conventional practices. Planning practice has evolved in the ways that plans are made, what they address, and how they are used. Concepts of anticipatory governance, networked and smart cities, equity planning, and sustainability now infuse these plans. Such plans make room for bottom-up change and innovation. They are made in ways that recognize their role in networks of other plans and use new forms of collaborative rationality.

The Dale Prize seeks a scholar and a practitioner who will address new ways that comprehensive plans are made and used. We are interested in procedural questions such as understanding innovative roles for social media and direct democracy, deliberative practices for finding ways forward with multiple visions, and how the broader range of concerns are in included in these plans. We ask, “How can planning guide ongoing decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and with a multiplicity of visions?”

Dale Prize events will be held March 20th and 21st, 2019, on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. Nominations are due on November 26, 2018. For more information, or to receive a nomination package, please visit the Dale Prize webpage, http://env.cpp.edu/urp/dale-prize/2019. If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Do Kim at dohyungkim@cpp.edu or (909) 869-4645.

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