By Rick Riviera, MBA/MPP Candidate 2018 The closest I’ve come to crying since November 8th was watching Last Week Tonight’s five-minute montage of people describing all the ways 2016 has been horrible (besides the election), followed by John Oliver dynamiting a giant 2016 sign in an empty stadium . It was a catharsis that I … Continue reading Public Policy Still Matters – Where Can We Go From Here?
By Melanie Burgarino, MPP Candidate 2017 In the Bay area, everybody has something to say about the housing crisis. Who is to blame? I’ve got the quick and dirty answer, it’s the NIMBY, and Obama’s got my back on this one. “Not In My Backyard,” or “NIMBY,” is jargon used by planning and policy nerds … Continue reading Don’t be a NIMBY, be a YIMBY
By Shanti Jensen, MPP/MBA Candidate 2018 Step off BART at San Francisco’s 24th St. Station and take a deep breath. There it is again making you cringe: the familiar smell of urine. Make your way up to street level and you will be greeted by a constellation of homeless men and women, some just resting on … Continue reading A Solution to Homelessness! Straight Out of Utah?!
By Sarah Garmisa, MPP/MBA 2015 In this paper, I analyze current San Francisco housing policies in addition to two general alternatives. The first alternative is to increase the supply of affordable units and the second is to decrease the reduction in supply. I conclude that policies to incentivize affordable housing development have more long-term impact … Continue reading Affordable Housing in San Francisco: Analyzing the Supply of Affordable Units