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Californians consider moving due to rising housing costs, poll finds

A majority of voters in California have considered moving due to rising housing costs, according to new findings from the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, with 1 in 4 saying that if they moved it would be out of the state

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Bill would revive California’s redevelopment agencies

  SACRAMENTO – California’s redevelopment agencies were a fixture on the local political landscape for six decades, as they guided development policies and grabbed “tax increment financing” that localities used to pay for infrastructure improvements, downtown renovations and affordable-housing projects.

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Legislature is back and focused on housing, recall and bail

  SACRAMENTO – California’s Legislature is back from its recess and legislators kicked off the session by focusing on two highly partisan matters. Assembly Republicans first voted to keep Chad Mayes as Republican leader, despite pressure from activists to oust

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Democrats and Republicans see different solutions to California housing crisis

SACRAMENTO – Before the recent legislative recess, California Democratic leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown announced their intention to tackle one of the state’s biggest crises: housing affordability. It’s the rare instance where virtually everyone in the Capitol at least is

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Confusion on CA housing market brings flurry of legislation

Debate over California’s housing situation ratcheted up amid conflicting data and a flurry of new legislation designed to mitigate high prices and low supply.  Analysts have separated into two camps around Golden State real estate, one more bullish than the

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California scrambles to pick up housing pace

  The rush is on to find a way to amp up available housing in California. Amid new reports claiming that housing has become unaffordable across the state, legislators, officials and activists have begun a rush for solutions.  “In its first

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – July 26

  Women stand to make only modest gains in Legislature in November Gavin Newsom has habit of plagiarism Housing solution: Building units in back yards? Local governments to further restrict new development “Where did California’s savings from reducing drug penalties go?” 

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Middle class squeezed in Bay Area

Driven by shifting economics, demographics, and changing definitions of moderate prosperity, middle class Californians in areas once rife with new arrivals — and dominated by Democratic voters — have begun looking for the residential exits.  Statewide struggle Both the Bay Area

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New influx of federal funding for CA mortgage relief

  The federal government has supplied California with additional funds and time to continue its multi-year foreclosure relief program. The effort “intended to prevent home foreclosures that was expected to shut down next year is instead being expanded and extended following a new influx

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Developer fees targeted by legislation as cities battle housing costs

Rent control is on the march in California, addressing years of leases that have increased to as much as 43 percent over the national average for a one-bedroom apartment. In the last year, rent has increased 6.5 percent in the

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