By Katy Murphy | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 17, 2019 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: January 17, 2019 at 7:38 am One of the central issues looming before California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, is the state’s acute housing affordability crisis. As he unveiled his first budget blueprint this month, days into the job, Newsom spoke at length about the depth of the problem and how he aimed to attack it, from new state investments in affordable housing to better local planning. In his speech, Newsom hit a notably different tone than that of his predecessor, former Gov. Jerry Brown, who in an exit interview with NPR last month questioned the limits of the state’s ability to make housing more affordable. We talk with Ben Metcalf — a Brown appointee who leads the California Department of Housing and Community Development — about that marked contrast in perspectives and what state government can and can’t do about … [Read more...] about Can state government make a dent in California’s housing crisis?
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Brianne Tufts is exhausted. This is the third place Tufts has lived in as many years, and she’s worried she’ll have to move again because her apartment complex might increase the rent now that her lease has expired. It’s just after 11 a.m. on a Sunday in April, and the 24-year-old mother of two sits on the balcony of her cramped 2-bedroom south Sacramento apartment watching intently as her daughters play in the living room and her boyfriend, Anthony Grandinetti, cleans the kitchen. “The uncertainty is exhausting,” Tufts said. “My daughter is 7 and she’s lived in six places already, because as soon as the lease is up, normally we’re bouncing somewhere else.” Rising rents, the lack of new housing and stagnant wages have left Californians like Tufts struggling to afford to live in the state. The family moved into a smaller two bedroom apartment in south Sacramento where they’re paying nearly 45 percent more than what they were in … [Read more...] about The human side of California’s housing meltdown
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By Marisa Kendall | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group April 10, 2019 at 6:00 am It would cost an estimated $12.7 billion to permanently house the Bay Area’s homeless residents, according to a new report that paints a picture of a crisis so massive, researchers say local cities won’t be able to solve it without a bold, region-wide plan and help from the state. With 28,200 homeless residents, the nine-county Bay Area has the fifth-highest concentration of homelessness in the country, according to a report released Wednesday by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. “Homelessness is not just something that San Francisco faces. It’s not just something that Oakland faces or San Jose,” said Jeff Bellisario, vice president of the Economic Institute. “It’s the entire region, and we need the region to come together to solve the problem.” The report calls on local and state leaders to create two regional … [Read more...] about How much would it cost to house the Bay Area’s homeless? Try $12.7 billion
When California shifted its bullet train plan into high gear in 2008, it had just 10 employees to manage and oversee design of the largest public construction project in state history.Consultants assured the state there was little reason to hire hundreds or thousands of in-house engineers and rail experts, because the consultants could handle the heavy work themselves and save California money. It would take them only 12 years to bore under mountains, bridge rivers and build 520 miles of rail bed — all at a cost of just $33 billion.State officials followed that advice, and for the next several years, development of the nation’s first high-speed rail line was overseen by a minuscule government staff.Now, more than a decade later, that decision has proved to be a foundational error in the project’s execution — a miscalculation that has resulted in the California High-Speed Rail Authority being overly reliant on a network of high-cost consultants who have … [Read more...] about How California’s high-speed rail project was ‘captured’ by costly consultants