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Image caption: 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

The California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA, is both the state’s signature environmental legislation, and is also often named as the villain in the state’s housing shortage. But the story may not be that simple.

Image caption: 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 laws determine what can be built and where. These laws have shaped California, but are they really just tools for social engineering? The history of zoning is closely tied to racial segregation, as well as the state's shortage of …

Image caption: 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 the housing crisis a cause?

Image caption: Thousands of homeowners have been kicked off their fire insurance policies.
California Fire Insurance Crisis: How the State Helps Homeowners

As California insurance companies have revoked the fire policies of thousands of homeowners, the state has taken steps to get them covered again.

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04/05/2024
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.

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04/02/2024
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Some of California’s top lawmakers want to clear up, but also rein in, the “builder’s remedy.”

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03/31/2024
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Prop 1 was designed to help unhoused people get off the streets by forcing them into treatment. That’s one reason it took two weeks of vote-counting to pass.

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03/12/2024
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Camp Resolution, a self-governed, city-sanctioned homeless encampment, was supposed to be a model for future sites. Now it’s under threat of prosecution.

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03/07/2024
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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02/28/2024
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Founding CEO John Foley and others speak about SSHH’s roots and early successes

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02/26/2024
No issue matters more to Californians than housing and homelessness. Catch up on where the major Senate candidates stand on the subject.

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02/19/2024
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A once-groundbreaking nonprofit working with chronically homeless people in California’s capital closed and filed for bankruptcy in 2023. Here’s what happened.

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02/13/2024
As agents hunt for business in Southern California's slow real estate market, some are trying out new ways of tracking down leads. Others are quitting the industry.

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02/09/2024
A housing development proposed for an empty, century-old college campus in Rockridge is closer to moving ahead, but community members and city officials are getting impatient.

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02/07/2024
California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta announced consumer tools to help tenants and landlords understand how much rent can rise under a state law.

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02/05/2024
States are plowing billions of dollars into a high-stakes health care experiment that’s exploding around the country: using scarce public health insurance money to provide housing for the poorest and sickest Americans.

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01/28/2024
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In NYT’s “The Farmers Had What the Billionaires Wanted,” we meet a man who wants to build a city in the middle of nowhere, and folks who are slowing him down. For now.

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01/26/2024
Image for display with article titled The California Exodus, Housing and the Political Future: How the Crisis Weakens California Nationally

Unless California solves its housing crisis, the state will lose more congressional seats and could shift the political alignment of the whole country

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01/24/2024
On Jan. 31, dozens of cities and counties are expected to convert thousands of suburban-style tracts into apartment-ready parcels. Will the state hold them to it?

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01/18/2024
State officials hope a lottery and an emphasis on first-generation homebuyers will make California’s most generous down payment assistance program more equitable.

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01/10/2024
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High court ruling on "impact fees" could cost local governments millions in revenue for infrastructure.

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01/08/2024
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As evictions skyrocket with landlords taking advantage of lifted pandemic restrictions, tenants fight for the right to an attorney.

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01/04/2024
California state law dictates that property owners are responsible for repairing damaged sidewalks. In Sacramento, this has left some owners facing bills of thousands of dollars or tax assessments from the city.

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01/02/2024
Image for display with article titled Building Affordable Housing Gets Easier Under 2024 California Laws, but Many Obstacles Remain

A wide array of new 2024 laws aims to ease regulations that slow the construction of new affordable housing.

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