Talk Policy to Me: The California housing crisis

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NIMBYism, geographical limitation and weaponized policies have led†California to the biggest housing crisis in†state†history. Can†state-level policies fix†a very local problem?

California housing is an undeniable problem. Rents are too high and there is not enough housing for those who†need†it in the places†they†want it. But how did we get here? Why has the development of solutions shifted from a city level to a state level?

UC Berkeley MPP student Spencer Bowen speaks with Ophelia†Basgal†and Elizabeth Kneebone from the†Terner†Center†and†California†Assembly member, David Chiu. Here are five†intersecting†causes of California’s housing crisis that†they†help†identify:

  • Limited land and diverse geography
  • Production not keeping pace with booming job market
  • Housing is expensive to build and new methods are limited
  • Cities wield their power to slow down†or vote down†projects that they don’t like
  • Proposition 13 and†the†California†Environmental Quality Act have been weaponized to limit housing production


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