Blogging Bayport Alameda

February 9, 2021

Too little

Filed under: Alameda — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

In a complete “I was not expecting this” move, California YIMBYs have filed a lawsuit against the State of California claiming they didn’t allocate enough housing in the upcoming RHNA cycle. From Local News Matters:

A San Francisco housing advocacy group named “Yes in My Back Yard” or YIMBY has filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court asserting that the calculations the state used in projecting Bay Area housing needs for the next decade are flawed.

The mistake “severely” underestimates needed housing units, plaintiffs allege, and will interfere with local efforts to create zoning and land use plans that will accommodate sufficient units to meet the real need.

“If we win this lawsuit,” Ryan J. Patterson, counsel for plaintiffs said, “it could mean 138,000 additional homes for the Bay Area. People wouldn’t have to commute from Modesto to San Francisco just to have affordable housing. Greenhouse gas emissions would be significantly reduced. Californians would have more opportunities for jobs and more time to spend with their families.”

The Alameda hook other than the possibility of receiving more units from HCD to ABAG to Alameda, one of the named plaintiffs is an Alamedan:

But just in case you thought that this might serve to help halt the allocations, it does not:

Plaintiffs’ filing says that they do not seek an injunction against the allocation of the housing units covered by the allegedly flawed determination, but rather an order requiring HDC to supplement its prior determination to take into account the information it failed to utilize.

It’s an interesting strategy considering how much the allocation has grown from the last cycle. As it is cities are already saying the number is too big, if a court agrees and these numbers increase, it will be an interesting exercise to see how these cities handle the additional units.


  1. Comment by BART — February 9, 2021 @ 9:27 am

    • Are the additional housings we are asking for to house more of the chronically under housed and homeless in our region, and to providing options for those dealing with long commutes and affordability somehow like asking for “more asbestos”? Is meeting our housing need like “asbestos” to you? I’m confused.

      Comment by Zac Bowling🥑for AD18 ADEM Delegate (@zbowling) — February 9, 2021 @ 9:54 am

      • Confused…..and utterly humorless

        Comment by BART — February 9, 2021 @ 11:23 am

      • Zac, for the sake of the movement, please don’t flatten this down into a YIMBY Law vs Everyone Else argument in the blog comments of our allies and comrades. I assure you that Lauren is not cheering on a reduction in the numbers.

        Comment by Victoria Fierce — February 9, 2021 @ 11:24 am

        • @Victoria I think he was replying to troll comment video in this thread. Not Lauren.

          Comment by Just a friendly Alamedan — February 9, 2021 @ 2:27 pm

  2. Sorry I think there is some confusion here. I was replying to asbestos simpsons video by the BART commenter in this thread that makes association to asking for most housing is somehow like cheering on more asbestos. There is no “YIMBY Law vs everyone else” association in my comment either. I’m not sure where that is coming from. I also know that Lauren is not cheering on a decrease as well. That would be out of character.

    Comment by Zac Bowling🥑for AD18 ADEM Delegate (@zbowling) — February 9, 2021 @ 2:06 pm

  3. For all this talk about housing, why doesn’t Zac have an ADU in his yard? Hmmm?

    Comment by ButterfliesAreFree (@dogswuvwabbits) — February 14, 2021 @ 9:37 pm

    • probably because they can cost upwards of $250,000.

      Comment by JohnP. — February 15, 2021 @ 10:32 am

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