Public Policy

Change of Form

If famous 19th Century novelist Charles Dickens was alive seeking a first line to best introduce the story about a small-firm victory, it may look something like this:

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. …

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Changing SOMA

This article is adapted from a presentation by the author before the San Francisco Planning Department and Historic Preservation Commission.

The Center for Architecture and Design, a non-profit started by AIA San Francisco, received a grant from the NEA to …

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Weigh in on the Access Code Updates

In preparation for its updating of the accessibility codes, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) Advisory Board is seeking input and comments from interested parties through a series of Access Code Forums. The Forums will be hosted throughout California …

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Indemnification Legislation Dead for the Year

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Katherine Austin, AIA, Steve Kwok, AIA, State Senator Noreen Evans, Michael Ross, AIA, Julia Donoho, AIA, Don Tomasi, AIA

The AIACC-sponsored legislation to provide some relief to the “duty-to-defend” obligation design professionals face was dropped before its first hearing in …

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AIACC Sponsored QBS Bill Defeated

The AIACC-sponsored bill to strengthen the qualifications-based selection of design professionals for public works was defeated in the State Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee on a 3-0 vote, with the six other members of the Committee abstaining. The …

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Thirsty City

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Photo courtesy of California Department of Water Resources

“Metropolitan Los Angeles could not support a fraction of its current population without imported water . . . . Water distribution and treatment alone account for about 18 percent of all …

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