Susan Kirsch, former president of Livable California: Legislators should declare a moratorium on housing legislation until the impact of the 40-plus housing bills passed in the last four years take effect, address underlying causes of income inequity, and collaborate with cities and citizens, not corporate seeking to expand their real estate empires.
As news hit this week that the Congressional Budget Office estimated the GOP’s Trumpcare proposal would leave millions without health care, California Democrats denounced it in what is becoming a Sacramento reflex.
“Mental illness. Substance abuse. Homelessness. These are all existential crises we have to address with urgency.” That was Gov. Gavin Newsom’s response to a key legislative committee on Tuesday passing his controversial proposal to allow courts to compel people with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders into treatment — the state’s latest attempt to […]
For Californians concerned about sky-high gas prices and a looming increase to the state’s fuel excise tax: Never fear, the Assembly Select Committee on Gasoline Supply and Pricing is here! What exactly will the committee do? It will “investigate the gas price gouging that has inflated prices at a rate equivalent to 100% per year,” […]
Note: The newsletter will pause until Tuesday for the Juneteenth holiday. Thursday was a day of emotion and controversy at the California State Capitol — illuminating some of the issues likely to gain even more political intensity with just a month and a half left in the legislative session and the November general election looming […]
Depending on whom you ask, the $300-billion-plus budget bill California lawmakers passed on Monday either was developed largely behind closed doors, ignores the state’s biggest problems and fails to provide urgent relief amid skyrocketing inflation — or offered ample opportunity for public input, makes historic investments in vital programs and ensures the neediest residents will […]
California mailed out more than 22 million ballots to registered voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. But as of Wednesday, just 3.5 million had been counted. The tally is far from complete — county elections offices will accept through June 14 ballots postmarked by June 7, and the Secretary of State has until July 15 […]
On Thursday morning, Democratic lawmakers gathered at the western steps of the state Capitol to commemorate victims of gun violence and orate on the need for tougher gun laws — both in California and nationally. Whatever fissures erupted into public view earlier this week in an Assembly leadership fight, almost all California Democrats seem to […]
En resumen Los activistas estudiantiles dicen que la SB 886 aceleraría los proyectos de vivienda en los campus, los que podrían ser entorpecidos por demandas. Pero los críticos indican que el proyecto de ley no resuelve el problema central: la falta de fondos para viviendas asequibles para estudiantes. Read this article in English. Después de estudiar en […]
Student activists say SB 886 would fast-track campus housing projects, which can get tangled in lawsuits. But critics say the bill doesn’t solve the core problem: a lack of funding for affordable student housing.