SF: Still Cursed, with Max Kapczynski 2020-07-03
Max and I check in with San Francisco, in the aftermath of COVID, and discover it's still cursed. Talk about its aesthetic identity, the baffling lack of ideology of the progs, and more.
San Francisco: A Material Analysis of Its Disspiriting Politics, with Max Kapczynski 2019-10-31
San Francisco is cursed, and leaves everybody with a no-win decision between lacklustre "progressives" and incrementalist moderates. Why is this so, and what can be done about it? We use material analysis to learn more. Chatter about the November election.
Book Club: "The Power Broker" by Robert Caro (with Max Kapczynski) 2019-08-15
The legendary book about a fatal love of highways, the drive for land acquisition, and the seductive world of municipal bonds.
SB50 on Ice (and WHAT Red/Brown alliance?) with Max Kapczynski 2019-06-06
SB50 is stalled for a year, but we recorded this *just* before, as we see efforts to block it underway by our favorite Palo Alto NIMBYs, aided by ostensibly woke anti-gentrification groups in direct coordination with homeowners. But mostly, about Lydia Kou being bad on twitter.
Max Kapczynski on "Local Control" and Exclusionary Suburbs 2018-11-22
Max is back on, and we talk about the grievance culture of those fighting to preserve "Local Control," focusing on the extreme measures being taken by the League of California Cities to preserve the rights of Beverly Hills and Palo Alto. Nuttiness ensues.
South Bay Election Talk, with Jason Uhlenkott of South Bay YIMBY and Max Kapczynski 2018-10-25
We cover city council elections in the major Santa Clara County cities, along with local measures, county-level elections, and the state propositions. Jason Uhlenkott is here to explain how South Bay YIMBY endorsed all the races, and we try to analyze all the major policy decisions.
The Cupertino Hyperloop, Value Capture, The President Hotel, with Max Kapczynski 2018-08-29
Max Kapczynski of Palo Alto Forward is back to talk about the eviction process at Palo Alto's President Hotel, but first off: talk about the Cupertino head tax and the Cupertino hyperloop. What is it? Is it a savvy method of bringing Bay Area transit into the 21st century, or is it a ridiculous boondoggle (spoiler: it is a ridiculous boondoggle).
Richard Mehlinger on Sunnyvale: Corn Palace, Blue Bonnet, and weak protections for tenants 2018-07-19
We talk Sunnyvale with Richard Mehlinger of Livable Sunnyvale, and Max Kapczynski of Palo Alto Forward. Sunnyvale still has a corn field, which is going to be developed... into single family homes (?!?!?!). We talk why, as well as the history and latest with the evictions of the Blue Bonnet mobile home park, to be turned into relatively low-density townhomes. Who bears the weight of change in Sunnyvale, and why? Too, we talk about the future of expanding tenant protections to Sunnyvale renters through a 12-Month Lease program, and how Catholic social teachings have influenced Richard's thinking.
The Palo Alto Process and the (Im)morality of Developers, with Max Kapczynski 2018-04-19
Max Kapczynski of Palo Alto Forward is back, to talk about recent goings-on in Palo Alto. An affordable housing overlay made its way through council, but what does it *really* mean about the housing situation at large. We expand this into a conversation about developers, and how money is made. Some claim they're no different than anybody else offering a service, and some claim that their form of making money is inherently immoral. Who's right?
Non-Profit Affordable Housing with Paul Leone 2018-03-15
Paul Leone of the non-profit Midpen Housing Corporation is on to talk about the intricate, complex systems that produce affordable housing today. Max Kapczynski is back, as questions are asked about how to understand how policy impacts the production of affordable housing, and how affordable housing in California can work better.
SB 827: Is it the Housing Fix California Needs? 2018-02-01
Max Kapczynski is back, and we're talking about Scott Weiner's SB 827, which has created a nearly nuclear amount of buzz. What's it all about? Will it really fix housing? Will it have side effects? And does it have a chance?
Max Kapczynski of Palo Alto Forward, of What People Can Do To Fix Housing 2017-11-17
What can someone do to make the housing situation better? That's the question we talk about with Max Kapczynski of Palo Alto Forward, fighting the fight for housing reform in the midst of the most ingrained NIMBYism one can possibly find. Perverse incentives, perverse incentives, perverse incentives: we have it all.