A lawsuit filed against the landlord who evicted Marie Hatch from her longtime Burlingame home settled with a $200,000 award to the son of the senior tenant whose displacement garnered international attention.
Burlingame officials concerned by a lack of local below-market housing options are interested in starting a conversation with residents about opportunities to lessen the pain brought by a lack of affordability.
A recent column by Jonathan Madison mentioned the negative impacts of repealing the Costa-Hawkins provisions in California law. For those not fully briefed, Costa-Hawkins prohibits any sort of rent control of properties built after 1995, as well as any single-family structure or condominium of any age.
Burlingame’s City Council will vote late on Monday evening, July 3, whether to accept the terms in an agreement with Topgolf, an entertainment facility that is planned to be built on Bayfront property. The site is public land — former landfill and unsuitable for housing. By state law, if it were suitable, the land would have to be offered to affordable housing developers. We assert that the revenue from renting the land should by all rights be put into an affordable housing fund.
Property serving as ground zero for the former rent control debate in Burlingame is slated to be redeveloped into a large live-work project which received mixed initial reviews from city officials.
Burlingame officials are rounding into final shape an affordable housing and parking project proposed on city property downtown, while remaining mindful of a looming deadline for financing the collaborative initiative.