Our Governor Sets a New Tone
We are very encouraged by our new governor’s bold decision to enforce the state housing laws – he gets thee gold stars and a pat on the back. It is only fair to give credit when credit is due. The real test will be when he gets push back from these wealthy cities. Does he have Marin county in his sights next?
CARB’s plan includes developing a per person pollution quota that requires local government to enforce. This plan also includes a vehicle per miles travel quota which would disproportionately affect low-income families who must commute from lower cost communities to feed their families. Would CARB propose such policies if it had more diversity of thought in upper management?
Are We Eating Our Seed Corn?
The M&MS (minorities, millennials and students) coalition is a natural alliance for The Two Hundred since they share the same concerns. Communities of color, particularly in California, are disproportionately young and eventually will become the backbone of our economy. We must take actions now to ensure that they are able to become homeowners since that is the tried and true avenue to build long term wealth. This is not just a morally good thing to do but practical. We need our future workers to be successful with enough wealth to support the multitude of retiring and aging baby boomers. Our current housing crisis is a result of short-term thinking. Are we going to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again to our collective detriment?
On November 28th on the UCB campus The Two Hundred+ held the second in our series of homeownership conferences for students.
The Two Hundred (The 200) has begun conducting workshops on university campuses as part of its community education and outreach program. The aim is to educate and recruit students to The 200 coalition from around the state as they are the future workforce that will carry the burden of funding the entitlements of retiring baby boomers.
Word is getting out about CARB’s scoping plan
Most workers who commute drive because of failed short sighted housing policies that force them to seek affordable housing. Senator Wiener has just announced that over the last 10 years one million Californians have left the state because of housing costs. Those that have left are disproportionately millennials and people of color. Is this selective gentrification?
California superior court allows The Two Hundred’s racial discrimination lawsuit to proceed.
November 01, 2018 – A California superior court is accepting most of the claims in a lawsuit alleging that the state air board’s greenhouse gas regulatory “scoping plan” is racially discriminatory by increasing costs and litigation risks for new affordable housing development, according to a ruling on the board’s “demurrer” that seeks to dismiss the allegations.
Where do we go from here?
Most Americans are oblivious to the legacy or impact that redlining has on current generations of people of color in terms of health, the racial wealth gap and the ability to own a home. Our current housing crisis will require public/private solutions at both the Federal and local level. Let’s not forget that this problem has historical roots and will require a sustained effort to resolve.
UC Berkeley Mini Conference Recap
California Community Builders partnered with California YIMBYS (Yes In My Backyard) and held a conference in the Multicultural Community Center at UC Berkeley on October 26th, 2018.