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Why is Fresno one of the nation’s hottest housing markets?

In the new episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast,” CalMatters’ Manuela Tobias and the Los Angeles Times’ Liam Dillon break down Fresno’s housing market and why rents and home prices have skyrocketed, even amid the pandemic. They are joined by Jovana Morales-Tilgren, who advocates on behalf of low-income tenants for Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, a Fresno nonprofit.

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Could the Republican recall candidates create a housing boom through environmental reform?

In the new episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast.” CalMatters’ Manuela Tobias and the Los Angeles Times’ Liam Dillon walk through the recall candidates’ housing plans. They are joined by Moira O’Neill, a UC Berkeley researcher, who explains why scrapping CEQA isn’t the silver bullet to California’s housing woes.

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What could the end of single-family zoning mean for California’s affordable housing crisis?

In the new episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast.” CalMatters’ Manuela Tobias and the Los Angeles Times’ Liam Dillon break down zoning reform as proposed by SB 9. They are joined by Kevin de León, a Los Angeles city council member and former state Senate leader, who explains his opposition to the bill.

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Heat wave tests state’s communications strategy

Communication is everything. That seemed to be the key takeaway Wednesday as California officials assessed their response to the long-running extreme heat wave that pushed the state’s power grid to the edge of rolling blackouts Tuesday night. (The situation improved Wednesday as temperatures dipped slightly, though conditions were still dire enough for the California Independent […]