VIDEO: Candidates for California governor set sights on the housing crisis
May 7, 2018 by John Guenther
Californians are less than 30 days away from voting in the June 5 state primary and the state's housing crisis features prominently in the race to replace Governor Jerry Brown.
Over the last several months, CA Fwd has spoken with candidates, officials, activists and others about what could have an impact. In our latest video, candidates for governor shared their ideas and thoughts on addressing the housing affordability problem, one of the top priorities of the California Economic Summit, which CA Fwd organizes every year.
California's Legislature has been looking at housing bills that will target zoning and other barriers to more housing and affordability. Though a legislative committee slapped down a bill to speed up construction of housing near transit, the candidates for governor are setting their sites high for building up the housing supply, streamlining the California Environmental Quality Act, bringing back redevelopment agencies in some form and more. Check out the video for more.
While last year's housing package was recognized as a good first step — and the state is at a critical juncture for implementing the particulars of that package as highlighted by a CA Fwd report — there's more work needed to get more housing built near transit and where the jobs are. Another "Year of Housing" needs to be in the offing.
The Summit has made housing a central pillar issue since its beginning and will continue the work through the 2018 California Economic Summit taking place in Santa Rosa and including several associated events that will lead up to the big two-day event on November 15-16. Registration for the Summit opens on June 1.
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