With California’s housing costs continuing to rise, I co-founded a podcast in summer 2017 to dig deeply into the sources of the problem. Each episode breaks down a particular aspect of the California’s housing troubles and includes an interview with a housing expert or newsmaker.
On Election Night for California’s June 2018 gubernatorial primary, I spoke with CBS News about how the major candidates wanted to address the state’s housing affordability problems and contrasted their approaches.
I discussed the reasons behind the demise of Senate Bill 827, legislation that received national attention for its efforts to increase housing production near transit stops across California in a radio segment on an NPR affiliate in Los Angeles. (My portion begins around the 10-minute mark.)
In 2015, the San Diego towing industry was implicated in a series of campaign finance allegations related to donations to high-profile local politicians. On San Diego Explained, a three-minute segment that simplified an issue in the news, I showed how campaign money laundering works — in a laundromat.
California’s high cost of housing is a political problem caused in part because the state Legislature cannot agree to fundamental changes to rules for how homebuilding is approved and financed. In an interview for the Randall Lewis Seminar Series at UC Riverside, I explained why so many interest groups are at odds and why the Legislature doesn’t solve the problem.