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Can state government make a dent in California’s housing crisis?

Jan 20, 2019 - Orange County Register (California)

One of the central issues facing Gov. Gavin Newsom is the state’s housing affordability crisis. As he unveiled his first budget blueprint this month, days into the job, Newsom spoke at length about the depth of the problem and how he aimed to attack it, from new state investments in affordable housing to better local planning.

In his speech, Newsom hit a notably different tone than that of his predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown, who in an exit interview with NPR last month noted the limits of...