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Props 1, 2 would have marginal effect in adding housing

It’s been two and a half years since Gov. Jerry Brown jolted the debate on California’s housing crisis by saying much more private-sector construction was the only realistic way to address the crisis, not the old Democratic recipe of building

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San Jose struggles to meet ambitious housing goals

Silicon Valley is the epicenter of the state’s housing crisis, with even run-down older homes routinely selling for nearly $1 million and with apartment rent averaging over $3,400 in communities within a 10-mile radius of Mountain View. With some exceptions,

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Protesters calling for more affordable state interrupt Senate

It was not business as usual in the state Capitol Monday, as protesters calling for anti-poverty measures and a more affordable California interrupted a floor session of the state Senate. Members of the California Poor People’s Campaign have been rallying

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Cupertino project may test power of ballyhooed housing law SB35

Senate Bill 35 – the 2017 measure authored by state Sen. Scott Weiner, D-San Francisco, that was billed as the most far-reaching response to California’s housing crisis – could be about to get its first major test in Silicon Valley, the region

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Bonds used for affordable housing survive in final GOP tax bill

The good news for California affordable housing advocates is that a bond/tax credit program that they rely on is part of the far-reaching Republican tax bill to be voted on by Congress this week after it had been targeted for

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CA House GOPers gain concessions in federal tax bill – but are they enough?

A Republican congressional conference committee wrapped up work Wednesday on a massive tax overhaul bill that would cut taxes by $1.5 trillion over 10 years and includes several concessions designed to win support from the 28 GOP House members from

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Gavin Newsom announces new plan calling for housing boom

SACRAMENTO – If the past is any guide, California’s Legislature will declare its recently passed housing-affordability package a success and move on to the many other priorities that dominate Capitol discussions once lawmakers return in January. But the housing package

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‘Sanctuary state,’ energy, housing bills face reckoning in Legislature

The California Legislature enters the final week of its 2017 session with ambitious measures on immigration, renewable energy and housing still up in the air. Two of the measures have been championed by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de

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Housing crisis drives teacher shortage in Bay Area

With the academic year already under way in some Bay Area school districts, teacher shortages linked to the extreme cost of housing in the region are more prevalent than ever. In San Jose, where classes began last week, dozens of

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Will Democrats in Legislature pressure Gov. Brown to increase state spending? 1

Will progressive lawmakers challenge Gov. Jerry Brown over his decision to dash their big dreams for the 2017-18 fiscal year? Or will they acquiesce as they mostly have in recent months of May after Brown released revised budgets without money for

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