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A Way Home for CA: What people are saying this week about the housing crisis - June 23

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  1. First, the progress. San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled an impressive package of proposals for addressing his city's fast-growing housing prices, following up on a pledge earlier this year.
  2. Local leaders hailed the "wide range of smart ideas"--and noted the support of Democratic and Republican councilmembers.
  3. The CA Economic Summit also applauded the mayor's housing ideas, many of which first appeared in a 2015 San Diego Housing Commission study and have been championed by a growing local housing coalition as they work their way through the City Council. The mayor hopes to put his package into action over the next year.
  4. While progress is being made in San Diego, it didn't take long for many to note the city is still the exception that proves the rule: So far this year, despite a lot of talk, the state has not made a dent in the expanding affordability crisis.
  5. Meanwhile, the governor and state Legislature signed off last week on a state budget with no new funding for housing. The only notable new housing-related proposal to emerge from the budget process is a carveout for Marin County many believe would add barriers to development.
  6. The LAT's most damning quote: “In a year where the Legislature has been talking endlessly about the housing crisis in this state and trying to make it easier to build affordable housing and higher-density housing, the one and only thing that comes out of the budget process is a deeply flawed measure that only adds barriers to development in one of the most exclusionary counties in the state,” said Anya Lawler, policy advocate at the Western Center on Law & Poverty.
  7. Assemblymember Marc Levine, Marin's representative, had this response: “There are ideologues in housing. What I'm most interested in is pragmatic approaches that result in more housing for the people that need it.”
  8. Advocates for low-income housing weren't buying it--and urged more coordinated, aggressive state action on housing.
  9. Many smart policy minds in California continue to push for bigger, broader solutions--and the CA Economic Summit is still actively working with housing stakeholders on ideas that will hit the target of one million more homes over the next decade. One new thought from this week:
  10. But it's becoming increasingly clear what the future holds, if the state continues on the path it's on.
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