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Matt and Liam award the Avocado of the Week to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (5:00). Then a discussion of the House GOP’s tax plan and how it would impact California, including Liam’s hot takes on the mortgage interest deduction (6:30) and Matt’s take-it-to-the-bank prediction on the crucially important Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (12:00). Our tour of California’s housing crisis takes us next to Redondo Beach, where we interview slow-growth city councilman Nils Nehrenheim (21:00). Finally we chat with state Housing and Community Development Department director Ben Metcalf (42:00).

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Matt Levin was the data and housing dude for CalMatters. His work entails distilling complex policy topics into easily digestible charts and graphs, finding and writing original stories from data, yelling...