California Dystopia Update, February 2020 edition: Going backwards on housing

By Chris Reed
A decade ago, when the U.S. Census Bureau began issuing a measure of poverty that included the cost of living, Californians found out something that had somehow eluded the thousands of journalists, authors and academics who chronicled life here. Because of the cost of housing, California — not West Virginia or Mississippi — had the...

TAGS: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris Reed, Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Times, SB 50, Scott Wiener

New Suburbanism – A Smart Alternative to “Smart Growth”

By Edward Ring
Solutions to California’s housing shortage invariably focus on increasing the density of preexisting cities and suburbs. Legislative solutions include SB 375, passed in 2008, which “incentivizes” cities and counties to approve high density land developments, and the failed (this time) SB 50, which would have forced cities and counties to approve high density development proposals. One cannot...

TAGS: Development, Edward Ring, Housing, SB 50, smart growth, Suburbs

Grand Bargains To Make California Affordable

By Edward Ring
California’s political elites are at odds with history and the natural preferences of millions of Californians. The good life in California is out of reach to ordinary people. The reason for that is simple: homes cost too much, energy costs too much, water costs too much, and transportation infrastructure is inadequate. In each of these...

TAGS: regulations, Sacramento, SB 50