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Berman bill would limit cities' ability to tack on fees to housing developments

Original post made on Feb 17, 2022

Cities will no longer be able to tack on impact fees to housing units that developers produce through California's density-bonus program under legislation proposed by state Assembly member Marc Berman.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 17, 2022, 12:19 PM

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 17, 2022 at 12:32 pm

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Berman is such a shill for the Pelosi backed development machine. If he wasn't a vague environmentalist, I'd say he's a completely worthless candidate.

It's funny how they just won't be cool with us having a say over anything because we actually exercise judgement

I'm over this "affordable housing" misnomer it's called subsidized housing because that's way more accurate y'all are being manipulated


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 18, 2022 at 11:05 am

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Stanford had the TOP endowment of all the universities in the US, topping $1,000,000,.000 (billion) this year. Thank heavens Berman protected their sagging bottom line from fees that would help the communities where they're based.

As Berman said in another article, he can't do much about the cost of building materials or the cost of land, so this should go far in making housing more affordable when land costs what, $1,000,000?? an acre.

Always good to have priorities.


Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 18, 2022 at 11:50 am

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Another strike against the NIMBYs. Hurray!


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 18, 2022 at 12:09 pm

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Another strike against ALL PA residents, another win for developers. Hurray!


Posted by Local news junkie
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 18, 2022 at 1:30 pm

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So often developers wrap themselves in the flag of high-density housing for Palo Alto, but then live in Atherton, Los Altos Hills, etc., where they are far removed from such developments. I’m not against development (tho each one should be evaluated on its own merits), but I’d feel much better if developers weren’t protecting their own backyards while getting rich off of others’. Who’s the NIMBY is this scenario?


Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2022 at 2:25 pm

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Berman’s Bill is hugely destructive of funding for below market rate housing, and so typical of him.

It leaves cities with no funds to deal with impacts of thousands of more housing units in town needing land and construction costs for more schools, more parkland, libraries, transportation, public safety staff, etc.

Loss of in lieu fees into our affordable housing fund means no money from the city for BMR housing projects.

All Berman is doing benefits market rate housing developers and likely himself in political support from Big Housing to the detriment of cities, residents and people needing affordable housing.

With Stanfords General Use Plan, if cities can’t mitigate impacts of the enormous amount of wished for development over 10 years by the University, it would be terribly destructive to Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto - towns Berman is supposed to be representing.

To think he inhabits the Assembly seat of the Great Byron Sher and Joe Simitian is enough to make one shudder.


Posted by KJ
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Feb 18, 2022 at 9:04 pm

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Berman once again proves that he is not pro-housing, just pro-developer. He represents his deep-pocket contributors, not the people of Palo Alto.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 18, 2022 at 10:19 pm

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A few hundred people and I sat in on one of his Zoom meetings about the housing bills. He couldn't/wouldn't answer ANY specific questions and wouldn't respond to specific points and objections.

He evaded the question about how he'd vote, claiming he hadn't made up his mind and that he was dealing with 800 bills and thus couldn't "wrap his mind around" the details and the issues to contact his legislative assistant.

She was as evasive as he was right up until the minute he voted.


Posted by mjh
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 19, 2022 at 4:04 pm

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I have been led to understand that Berman's family may have extensive real estate investments and financial interests in property development , though I do not know if that is in the bay area or elsewhere in California. Which may or may not predispose him to be more motivated by promoting incentives for the profit housing development sector at the expense of affordable housing for a broader spectrum of the population.


Posted by Local Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 20, 2022 at 12:34 pm

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Berman always votes for developers at the expense of residents. His first billl in this article reduces funding for below market housing.


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