What’s New

Food for thought ….In the news, Trump’s new budget takes from housing programs to fund the wall …. seems like that’s the new theme now-a-days or is it new …. blame the victim of failed policies …. put’em to work those lazy bums …. just like the good old days – sweat houses …. Berkeley, a pioneer in exclusionary zoning …. UCB has 10% homeless students …. couch surfing builds character …. new study shows Black and Latinos consume pollution White folks generate …. CARB says you colored people need to pay to clean the air

In President Trump’s $4.75T Proposed Budget, Housing Programs Lose Big

By Clare Trapasso [March 11, 2019]

President Donald Trump just dropped his proposed budget for 2020, and it’s no surprise that the big winners are military spending, efforts to combat the opioid crisis, and $8.6 billion for his long-desired wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But many other domestic programs didn’t fare as well, including housing for lower-income American families.

Despite high housing costs across the nation, Trump wants to slash the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget by $8.7 billion—or 16.4%—next year.

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Open Forum: Bring back the ‘missing middle’ housing

Nancy Skinner [March 11, 2019]

Tucked into neighborhoods throughout Oakland, Berkeley and many other Bay Area cities are small, beautiful duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. These multifamily residences tend to be more affordable than single-family homes and were a major housing type in U.S. urban areas before World War II. But since the 1960s and ’70s, this type of essential housing has become illegal in neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area and nation because it exceeds the density allowed. That’s why it’s now called “missing middle” housing. It’s time we brought it back.

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Study Finds Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution And Who Breathes It

Jonathan Lambert [March 11, 2019]

Scientists and policymakers have long known that black and Hispanic Americans tend to live in neighborhoods with more pollution of all kinds, than white Americans. And because pollution exposure can cause a range of health problems, this inequity could be a driver of unequal health outcomes across the U.S.

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March Madness

Food for thought …. Is it all that bewildering why African Americans and Latinos lag in homeownership? …. especially once you consider a century (plus plus plus) of government housing discrimination …. big surprise!! Never got a chance to diversify assets …. oh my!  Predatory leading …. bang, bang!Anti-gouging what a concept …. worth a try .… as more and more folks pay larger portions of their income towards rent and mortgages does this just stop the bleeding …. what about the healing ….

Over two hundred new housing bills in Sac …. oh no! …. new and improved …. after all the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over-and-over again expecting a different result …. hundreds of millions of dollars in play …. cha ching!

If California pursues a cap on rent increases, how many tenants will it help? 

By Matt Levin [February 22, 2019]

Less than four months after an initiative to allow cities to expand rent control failed overwhelmingly at the ballot box, and less than four months after then-incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom talked about brokering a compromise between tenant and landlord groups, no new legislation from lawmakers or specific proposals from the Newsom administration have been introduced to cap how much rents can rise.

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Amid Some Economic Gains, Black Homeownership Continues to Fall: Report

Anne Branigin [March 4, 2019]

Despite record low unemployment and higher wages than in the past, substantial barriers to homeownership continue to keep black Americans from amassing wealth.

A new Washington Post report collects recent studies and data on black homeownership that offers a stark view of the racial gap in housing—one that only seems to be getting worse.

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California Department of Housing and Community Development Awards $76 Million in Federal Funds to Increase Homeownership and Affordable Housing Opportunities

Office of the Director [February 22, 2019]

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed to increase homeownership and affordable housing for low- and very low-income Americans. These awards help cities, counties, developers, and nonprofit community housing development organizations to create and retain affordable housing. 

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The Challenge of Big Solutions

The Chronicle article, Train to nowhere? Here’s how the high-speed project went off the rails, details the regulatory and legal obstacles that ballooned the budget of California’s bullet train to $77 billion. The New York Times article cites CEQA as the main culprit that has derailed this project and has “pit environmental objections against environmental goals.” The seemingly myopic runaway train of environmentalist zeal to save the planet at all costs is now on full display. The Governor has done the right thing to stop the boondoggle until we can learn to solve the simultaneous equation of balancing human social costs, budgets and regulatory hurdles like CEQA.

The Washington Post reports that there is a $23 billion racial fund gap between white school districts and nonwhite school districts, which should not surprise anyone especially if you have seen our new video Redlined, a Legacy of Housing Discrimination (follow link below). After all, segregated neighborhoods results in poorer segregated schools.

Train to nowhere? Here’s how the high-speed project went off the rails

By Rachel Swan and Kurtis Alexander [February 17, 2019]

California’s high-speed rail project has repeatedly hit lawsuits, engineering problems, geological obstacles, bureaucracy, swelling costs and delays. Its budget has ballooned from $33 billion to $77 billion, with no secure financing plan.

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How Regulation Could Slow Down the Future

Jill Cowan [February 26, 2019]

Yesterday, my colleagues Thomas Fuller, Jennifer Medina and Conor Dougherty took a hard look at the future of America’s infrastructure projects, like California’s high-speed rail. More specifically: Are projects that big even possible anymore, given the cost and regulation?

In California, that regulation has reached notoriously byzantine heights and is epitomized in four letters: C.E.Q.A.

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Report finds $23 billion racial funding gap for schools

Laura Meckler [February 26, 2019]

Overwhelmingly white school districts received $23 billion more than predominantly nonwhite school districts in state and local funding in 2016, despite serving roughly the same number of children, a new report finds.

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