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- Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Special Interest Group, The Two Hundred Target Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson With Change.org Petition for Affordable Housing LegislationSACRAMENTO, Calif., May 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In May 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson has introduced a bill that will prove detrimental to affordable homeownership in the state of California. SB 950, authored by Senator Jackson, will strengthen the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a law that has been dangerously used as a tool to deny people
- Do Housing Policies Make The Wealth Gap Worse?California Community Builders (CCB) has reviewed federal and California state housing policies to see if they uphold their intent to provide affordable homeownership opportunities and rentals for all, including people of color and low-income populations. We discovered that most homeowner-related benefits and opportunities are heavily weighted towards white and higherincome people, as well as those
- If Homeownership is the American Dream, Why Do We Mostly Build Rental Apartments?March 28, 2018 Read the full article at Urbanize Los Angeles Homeownership has long been considered a part of the American dream, and the government has spent decades developing laws to promote and incentivize it as a practice. As so many Californians are housing insecure during our current affordability crisis, ownership is a way to
- Why We Oppose SB 950Letter to California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson To Senator Jackson, Re: SB950 is the new redlining Homeownership is called the American Dream. Why do you author legislation that denies this dream to families of color? Do you hate us? We care for your children, we clean your homes, we mow your lawns, we wash your
- Virtual Town Hall with Assemblymember Robert Rivas 05/01 2PMAssemblymember Robert Rivas represents the Salinas Valley. As someone who has grown up in farmworker housing, he understands the need to address the severe shortage of quality and affordable housing for farmworker families. We’re excited to invite you to a discussion with Assemblymember Rivas on his work to support farmworkers and build essential housing in
- A Housing QuagmireApril 12th, 2020 Read the full article at The LA Times By Liam Dillon and Andrew Khouri Over the last month, millions of Californians have lost their jobs because of orders to stay at home and close nonessential businesses to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Both tenants and landlords have faced sudden
- Affordable Homeownership For Minorities: The Next Civil Rights BattlegroundFebruary 15, 2020 By John Gamboa and Robert Apodaca Now that the Governor and Legislature have begun to tackle the housing crisis, it’s time to face a more fundamental problem that could haunt the Latino majority in California for generations to come. That problem is the dying American Dream of homeownership, which has been the
- How California’s environmental rules deprive minorities of housing opportunitiesIN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Orange County Register: How California’s environmental rules deprive minorities of housing opportunities BERKELEY, CA— The Orange County Register is the latest news organization to call out new regulations by the state that are inherently racist and disproportionately impact minority communities, depriving them of housing options and keeping more families in
- Housing Coalition Sues State of California Over New CEQA Regulations That Inflate Home Prices, Hurt MinoritiesSAN BERNARDINO, CA. (Dec. 18, 2019) – The Two Hundred, a coalition of civil rights and community leaders, filed a lawsuit today asking the San Bernardino Superior Court to invalidate new administrative rules under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because they illegally discriminate against minority homeownership. The civil rights lawsuit (attached) names the state Office of
- REDLINE DOCUMENTARY WINS BERKELEY FILM AWARDThe Two Hundred’s Film Gets Prize for Documenting Historical Roots of The Homeownership and Wealth Gap Between Whites, Minorities BERKELEY, Ca (Nov. 1, 2019) The Two Hundred’s short film “Redlined, A Legacy of Housing Discrimination” has won the Grand Festival Educational Documentary Award at the 28th Annual Berkeley Video and Movie Festival. Blending historical footage
- The Truth of the Environmental Movement
- BizFed Institute to Address State of Latino Housing and Importance of Growing the Latino Middle ClassLOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 22nd, 2019) – BizFed Institute (BFI), in partnership with the California Latino Economic Institute (CLEI), and The Two Hundred, are pleased to announce a regional forum titled “State of Housing for Latinos in LA”. A strong Latino middle class is crucial to the economic prosperity of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
- Where is California Going?
- San Jose State University Seminar
- Why is California’s Diversity Not Reflected in the Environmental Groups at All Levels?
- The Next Civil Rights BattlegroundSeptember 20, 2019 By John Gamboa and Robert Apodaca Now that the Governor has signed into law a historic rent-control measure and a bill fast-tracking local government approval for residential developments, it’s time to face a more fundamental problem that has been exposed by California’s affordable housing crisis. That problem is not about how to
- Increasing Homeownership or Housing?
- Attaboy Steyer!
- Letter to Presidential Candidate Tom SteyerAugust 28, 2019 Dear Mr. Steyer: Our communities applaud you for your unrelenting support in the battle to protect the Earth and combat global warming. Your efforts, as reflected in your current Presidential campaign, have been an inspiration to all persons of color, who are disproportionately harmed by the effects of climate change. We are
- Letter to CARB Chair, Mary NicholsOn August 27th, members of The Two Hundred sent a letter to Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The purpose of this letter was to request a meeting between The Two Hundred and CARB to discuss the disproportionate impact that CARB’s new scoping plan has on California’s most vulnerable communities.
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- CORRECTIONS, CLARIFICATIONS TO COLUMN ON CARB SCOPING PLAN SUIT (The Daily Journal)June 25, 2019John Gamboa I write to make three important corrections, and one clarification, to Howard Miller’s June 13 column, “Tectonic legal plates: climate change and housing in California.” First, the plaintiff/petitioner in this civil rights lawsuit is The 200, and includes distinguished civil rights leaders in our state’s African-American, Asian, Pacific Islander and Latino
- Karma TimeKarma Time Food for thought …. Berkeley’s legacy of redlining is over 100 years old …. so, it’s no great surprise that NIMBYism and CEQA thwart UCB housing …. karma perhaps …. will millennials pay the price for these sins? …. who knew single-family homes weren’t the ideal …. we have a housing crisis, we agree,
- TECTONIC LEGAL PLATES: CLIMATE CHANGE AND HOUSING IN CALIFORNIA (The Daily Journal)June 13th, 2019Howard B. Miller This is about one of the most important cases in California you haven’t heard of. As public and political leaders are moving the tectonic plates of California land use law with statutes and policies dealing with climate change and housing, there is a largely unnoticed trial court case in Fresno
- SB 50 in limbo?SB 50 in limbo? Food for thought ….SB50 is banished to the realm of the undead…. long live SB 50…. cities fear loss of control…. but lack the will…. bitter medicine perhaps…. looky how things have changed…. a zip code look at our housing crisis…. an interactive exposé…. cities triple down on fees…. supply and demand
- Changing Times?Changing Times? Food for thought ….Is the world turning on its axis …. CEQA, the once saintly untouchable law is being challenged …. worse yet, it is being reined in by the courts …. the enlighten collective consciousness of rational thinkers has taken hold…. can it be …. and proposition 13, the third rail of
- Redlined Video PremiereRedlined Video Premiere On Monday, March 11th at 5:00 PM at Cafeteria 15L in Sacramento, The Two Hundred held a legislative reception releasing our video Redlined, a Legacy of Housing Discrimination. The event was cosponsored by the California Legislative Latino Caucus, the California Legislative Black Caucus, the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, the California YIMBYs, and
- It Is All About MoneyIt Is All About Money Food for thought …. Scholars debate whether income or inheritance is cause of racial wealth gap …. don’t forget segregated housing begets segregated education …. and second-rate jobs …. new twist on boot straps theory as in pull yourself up, up, up …. only problem with good education is debt,
- Civil Rights Litigation FAQBecause of our discrimination lawsuit vs California Air Resources Board (CARB), we are receiving substantial inquiries. The following most frequently asked questions and our responses may help describe our efforts at addressing the environmental regulatory actions that have inhibited increased homeownership of moderate and lower income families, especially families of color. Lawsuit Dec 2019 Download
- What’s NewWhat’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
- March MadnessMarch 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
- Reception Honoring the Minority Members of the California Legislature
- The Challenge of Big SolutionsThe 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
- What is Old is New AgainWhat is Old is New Again There is much talk about how to fix California’s housing crisis, and many people are now acknowledging it will require a massive effort to solve, which is a good thing. People of color have long known there was a crisis, especially as past efforts to “help” them often resulted
- Who Will Pay The Cost To Be Green?Cost of Going Green We applaud Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s effort to advocate for a Green New Deal, especially as it raises the discourse around climate change. Some find it unrealistic and naïve, however we are pleased that it explicitly states that it should not burden the “poor and those struggling to get by.” This is consistent with
- Premiere of “Redlined”On Friday, February 8th, the Two Hundred premiered our newest original educational video, Redlined – a video that shows the current impact of decades of government redlining on communities of color.
- Prop 10 threatens California’s ability to fix the affordable housing crisis
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