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These Californians Just Got Protection From Big Rent Hikes


Tenants in many new privately owned, low-income units will be protected from double-digit increases. So will some in existing units, after a state committee on affordable housing imposed a rent cap.

New Website Features Information on Care of Backyard Chickens, Sheep, Goats


The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources advisors has published a new website with information resources for small acreage landowners raising livestock.

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Carmel Valley Residents Won a Housing Unit Cap in Court. New State Laws Are Going to Break It.

In 2010, the County of Monterey approved a master plan that would limit the number of new housing units in Carmel Valley to 266. It was too many for residents’ group Carmel Valley Association. CVA took the county to court…

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County of Monterey Planning Commission Deadlocks on Pajaro Farmworker Housing Project.

A shorthanded County of Monterey Planning Commission was split on its decision over a proposed farmworker housing project in Pajaro on Wednesday, April 10. The 3-3 tie denies the proposal, which allows the developer to appeal the decision to the…

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Salinas Is Working on an Ordinance That Would Control Rent Increases and Protect Tenants From Evictions Without Cause.

Signs announcing “housing is a human right” and “rent is too high,” along with demands for rent control and stories of evictions, have become commonplace at Salinas City Council meetings. Residents speak in English, Spanish and Mexican indigenous languages, sharing…

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County of Monterey and Most Cities Failed to Meet State Deadline for Housing Plans.

There is one brass ring in California housing right now, the coveted certification of eight-year housing plans of cities and counties by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Once grasped, jurisdictions are free from possible fines and penalties…

California’s Insurance Crisis Hits Homeowners Hard

In this program, State Senator John Laird and Executive Director of Consumer Watchdog, Carmen Balber discuss California's homeowner's insurance crisis and whether Commissioner Ricardo Lara's proposed fixes will actually help the flight of insurance companies from the state or make …

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City of Soledad Buys 4.61 Acres for Construction of Affordable Rental Units

SOLEDAD — Soledad City Council has authorized the purchase of 4.61 acres of property located at 540 Gabilan Drive to facilitate the construction of about 100 affordable rental units.

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Controversial Housing Law Could Get a Makeover

Some of California’s top lawmakers want to clear up, but also rein in, the “builder’s remedy.”

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A Complete Makeover of a New Monterey Building Brings Five New Housing Units.

An eclectic building in the heart of New Monterey that once housed the Paper Wing Theatre (moved to Cannery Row) and the Cat’s Meow vintage clothing store (moved to Santa Cruz), is now under a major remodel to become a…

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The City of Monterey Is Moving Forward With a Pilot Program to Assist Struggling Renters.

Approximately two-thirds of Monterey residents are renters, and the engine of the city’s economy is tourism. Yet as rents have consistently trended upward in recent years as the lack of new housing has constrained supply, some renters – including those…

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Pajaro Assistance Center Will Open on March 27.

The Pajaro Assistance Center to aid people who were affected by the winter storms in 2023 will open on Wednesday, March 27 at Pajaro Park.


Lighthouse Field in Santa Cruz, which might be a huge resort if not for the Coastal Commission.
The Public Shore Protectors
Born amid controversy, this public agency is responsible for managing some of the most precious real estate in the world.
Thousands of homeowners have been kicked off their fire insurance policies.
California Fire Insurance Crisis: How the State Helps Homeowners
The state tries persuading insurance companies to cover homes in fire zones.
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?
Zoning laws tell you what you can and can't build on the property you own. How does government get away with that?
How Zoning Laws Shape California and Society
Zoning is everywhere, but is it a way to regulate development or a tool for social engineering?
Does California’s signature environmental law protect the state’s scenic beauty, or cause more problems than it solves?
CEQA: The Surprising Story of CA’s Key Environmental Law
54-year-old environmental law is often blamed for causing the state’s housing crisis. Is it getting a bad rap?
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