Enough of the doom and gloom of the financial markets. Here's some news that might make a Central Valley resident smile.
The governor just signed into law a package of incentives for municipalities and homebuilders to reduce sprawl and embrace smart growth.
The package is more a step in the right direction than a final destination, but anything that helps communities develop in a way that weans them off the auto and onto public transit (or even bikes and foot power) is, well, helpful.
This doesn't mean the Central Valley won't become the next Los Angeles Basin. But it's another tool for those of us who love elbow room between compact and pedestrian-friendly cities.