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Pajaro Flooding Victims Demand Answers at Raucous Town Hall Meeting


Pajaro residents voiced their discontent with the few resources available to help them return home on Friday when the evacuation order is lifted.

State May Downsize Program for First-Time Homebuyers


Gov. Newsom wants to spend $300 million the first year. But falling home prices and rising mortgage rates are complicating the launch.

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Carmel examines its priorities at the city sets about updating its housing plan.

Pam Marino here, remembering back in the 1980s and ‘90s there was a popular demonstration in the self-help world that was supposed to help you see how to prioritize your life and manage time. It consisted of rocks, pebbles and…

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Mall Culture and the American Dream

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How the Suburbs Shaped America, and California Shaped the Suburbs

America has become a mostly suburban country, and California is known for its sprawling ’burbs. But what is a suburb? It turns out California may not be as suburban as people believe.

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Neighbors challenge Pajaro housing project

PAJARO—A group of Pajaro neighbors has filed a lawsuit against a developer, the County of Monterey and its Board of Supervisors, challenging an agricultural workforce housing project in Pajaro that would place 45 units on Susan Street, a dead-end road …

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The Carmel City Council takes a strong stand against fractional vacation ownership.

The Carmel City Council issued a resounding “no” to fractional vacation home ownership in a 5-0 vote on Tuesday, Feb. 7. It was a major blow to the company Pacaso, an online company that purchased a home in Carmel after…

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Monterey County invites community feedback on future housing plans

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County is beginning the process of updating a key document with a focus on planning for adequate housing at all income levels in the unincorporated areas of the county. As part of this project, the county …

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MPUSD revisits a potential bond measure to build staff and teacher housing.

For the second time in three years, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is considering building staff housing, an effort aimed at reducing turnover. Administrators say the high cost of living and lack of housing hinders the district’s efforts to…

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Two affordable housing agencies that are inextricably linked are attempting to divorce.

A MESSY DIVORCE IS PLAYING OUT IN MONTEREY COUNTY, not in a courtroom but in public meetings and behind the scenes of two agencies tasked with providing low-income housing. Meanwhile, the future of an 80-unit affordable senior apartment complex is…

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County Supervisors approve controversial farmworker housing project in Pajaro.

Barring a lawsuit, a controversial farmworker housing project in Pajaro officially has the green light to move forward: In a Dec. 13 hearing, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors approved the three-building, 46-unit project in a 3-1 vote (Mary Adams…


Owning homes is the primary way the middle class builds wealth, and an option no longer available to most Californians.
Is California’s Housing Crisis Making Inequality Worse?
California has some of the worst economic inequality in the United States. Is housing a cause? Could it be a cure?
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