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Land Weekly 3: Friendlier or Snippier Times Ahead?

What were the three biggest California water stories of the past seven days?  Well, the news-heads and policy wonks here at Laer Pearce & Associates have compiled them for you here.  You’ll find the Big Three here every Thursday, or you can follow LPALand on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. You can also sign up to receive the Weekly 3 via email here.  This week:

Friendlier Feds, Snippier State Regulators?

According to political insiders – and pretty much anybody who’s ever dealt with an appointed regulatory body – having more Republicans in office generally is good news for permit-seekers in the housing industry.  So the outcome of last week’s election should bring some hopey, changey prospects in the short-term nationwide, as the GOP takes over key committee posts in the House and a slew of new Republican governors take office.  Here in California, it’s a whole different story.  Tuesday meant at least four more years of Jerry Brown, whose agenda will be topped, said CalWatchdog’s Steven Greenhut at a recent luncheon, by environmental issues and slowing (or stopping!) new development.  That’s not exactly change we can believe in.

Read the Real Estate Channel‘s take on the GOP win

Read MSNBC’s take

Prop. 23 Goes Down in Flames (Did they have a permit for that?)

Proposition 23 was meant to be a step in the right direction toward keeping California from speeding off a regulatory cliff – or at least a prudent pumping of the brakes.  But Golden State voters sided with the enviros and their Utopian vision of green jobs that don’t flee to Arizona or China, and a carbon-free future where the economy runs on pixie dust.  Builders and developers have been preparing for AB32′s wrath for years, so we’ll chock this one up to business as usual.

Read the California Watch article

Read how Fresno Co. may have screwed the Prop. 23 pooch

Local Land Development Wins by a Hair…Sort Of

Unlike the GOP dominance in House elections, the long list of local land-use measures on California ballots last week presented a mixed bag of results.  Prior to the election, the San Diego Union-Tribune identified 17 key land-use matters before the voters statewide.  After all the votes were tallied, nine resulted in positive news for the building industry, including beating back a ballot-box zoning measure, and eight weren’t so great, like creating new urban growth boundaries.  Click below to see the rundown.

See how the measures fared

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One Response to “Land Weekly 3: Friendlier or Snippier Times Ahead?”

  1. December 5th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    schwuler Türke says:

    Here’s a little known fact – Arnold is the first body builder to run for governor since Janet Reno.

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