CaRLA News

Vacaville Faces Off Against the Worst Person in Housing

In 2017 Michael Goolsby, an attorney specializing in preying upon victims of foreclosure, faced a career crisis. He had just been disbarred by the California Bar Association after repeatedly violating rules against practicing law unlicensed in other states. With his...

Mall’d to Death

The Vallco Mall project in Cupertino, also called Vallco City Center, has become a flashpoint for pro-housing and anti-housing sentiment on the peninsula. The question over wether an empty mall will be allowed to become housing has inflamed tensions in Cupertino and...

Housing Development in the New Era …

... The YIMBY Era! The League of Cities is holding a conference for City Attorneys May 8-10th. One of the sessions is called "Navigating Housing Development in the New Era," and the "New Era" is the era of YIMBYism.Navigating Housing Development in the New...

Interesting Hearings Week of May 6th

MAY 8th, 1:30 pm, 375 Beale St.: The MTC Policy Subcomittee is considering the state wide streamlining/ pro-housing bills. Here is the agenda. Here is an 11 page summary of many of the housing bills before the state this year. MAY 10th, 9:15 am, 375 Beale St.: The...

Exclusivity is a luxury amenity

The Fair Housing Act turned 50 last year, and the community of housing scholars and activists continue to reflect on the progress not made since segregation because officially illegal. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development recently held a symposium on the...

Emergency Criteria for SB 330

*** Non-partisan legislative analysis *** One of the housing bills being considered this year is SB 330. This is an interesting bill because parts of it attempt to reduce local control over building and permitting in cities that have demonstrated their inability to...

What’s happening in Lafayette?

Way back in 2015 we filed a lawsuit against Lafayette, CA in an effort to compel the city to allow O'Brien Homes to build 315 apartments. 4 years later, O'Brien is on the path to building these apartments, but Lafayette neighbors are still fighting. Currently they are...

We have shirts!

Long before CaRLA was on the scene, there was the Bay Area Renters' Federation. And then BARF got a shirt! And then they stopped printing them. And then CaRLA started printing them! And now, you can acquire one! They are locally sourced from Alliance Graphics, a union...