Commentary: “Anatomy of a NIMBY”

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By Patrick Fox, CEO This article from CityLab is an in depth look at housing NIMBYism and its impacts. I would add to the suggested remedies that going around the NIMBYs and demonstrating support from the rest of the community can be highly effective. They too have a voice in this and, while more challenging to motivate activism FOR something, … Read More

Truthiness and CRE Rules of Engagement

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By Patrick Fox, CEO Saint Consulting fox@tscg.biz Credibility is crucial for commercial developers but not so much for their opponents. The greatest advantage held by opponents today is that they can throw any allegation, facts or figures without regard for accuracy – and the burden falls upon the developer to disprove it! The traffic study says the project will generate … Read More

Empowering Fools

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Dealing with the Idiotic, Irrational and Incomprehensible By Patrick Fox, President & CEO The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. – Albert Einstein Anyone advocating for a controversial initiative today must learn to deal with the fear of change, cynicism and NIMBYism that now permeates the public discourse. True professionals understand and expect vocal and engaged … Read More

Housing activists vs environment activists?

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By Mike Saint, Chairman For years the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has made it more difficult to build certain kinds of unpopular (but needed) real estate development. CEQA appeals could take years to be resolved and add huge costs to the developers. In his 2009 book, the Housing Boom and Bust, economist Thomas Sowell pointed out that in 2008 the exact same house … Read More

New California law gives green light to projects that lower carbon emissions

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California—the state that invented freeways and suburban sprawl—has become a trendsetter again, with a new law that rewards community plans that reduce car use and greenhouse gas emissions in our new age of global climate change, writes Charles Lockwood in the Jetson Green blog. In October 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law SB375, which was supported by environmentalists, … Read More

Joint MIT-Saint Consulting Course on Land Use Politics July 17-18

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MIT’s Center for Real Estate and The Saint Consulting Group are collaborating for the second straight year to offer a two-day course on Community Relations: Winning Community Support for Land Use Projects. This unique course, to be held on July 17 and 18 at the Center for Real Estate on the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is … Read More

Strategic Communications: Five Ways to Enhance your Competitive Advantage

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group There are at least five communications strategies your organization could utilize to enhance its competitive advantage.  These five strategies are practiced by Saint Consulting and have helped sustain the company as the worldwide market leader in land use politics.  We’ll elaborate on each of these strategies and how they relate to the practices … Read More

Strategic Comms: Why Communication is a Core Competence of Managerial Leaders

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group When discussing the core competencies of managerial leaders, communication must always be included because it is the basis upon which all core competencies are conveyed.  In fact, Peter Drucker, the management guru, stated that 60% of all management problems are the result of poor communication. Moreover, said Drucker, “There can be no communication … Read More

Strategic Communications: Getting Value out of Paid Media

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By Owen Eagan, The Saint Consulting Group Paid media on political campaigns typically refers to television and radio advertising, which still remains the dominant medium for reaching a large universe of voters.  For example, even though Jerry Brown was outspent by Meg Whitman by a margin of nearly 5 to 1 in the California gubernatorial race, he spent most of … Read More