Gimme Shelter Podcast: Why rent control died in the Capitol, with Assemblyman David Chiu
Expanded rent control won’t be coming to your city anytime soon—at least not via the state Legislature. Matt and Liam discuss why the repeal of Costa-Hawkins died at a dramatic Assembly hearing last week. First, Liam flags some other major housing bills you should keep an eye on (2:45). Then, an Avocado of the Week: In the middle of a hearing on rent control, a legislator admits he doesn’t know a key law affecting landlords and tenants (6:40). Matt and Liam then recap the drama of the hearing (9:40), including the charged atmosphere, why certain Democrats voted no, and whether there was a compromise to be had. Then, an in-studio interview (good sound quality!) with Assemblyman David Chiu from San Francisco, head of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee (30:00).
Special thanks to our friends at Capital Public Radio for allowing us to record the interview in their facilities.