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Why is it so expensive to live in California? And what can the state do about it? Every other week, Los Angeles Times housing reporter Liam Dillon and CALmatters' data reporter Matt Levin chat about the latest developments in California housing policy and interview a key housing newsmaker. Listen to this podcast and we promise your rent will drop in half instantly. You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and anywhere else you get your pods. Gimme Shelter is supported by The ...
 
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Abigail Zoger teachers biology at Santa Rosa Junior College, cares about climate change and social justice issues and, like a lot of California voters, has questions about the complicated housing propositions on her ballot. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam try to answer those questions to help make Abigail more informed about her vot…
 
For the second straight general election, Californians will have the opportunity to vote on a statewide rent control initiative. Matt and Liam discuss the politics and policy of Prop 21, which would allow cities to apply rent control to more housing units. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight takes us to 19th century Russia (2:20). Then a discussion…
 
Massive wildfires are yet again threatening California homes. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss how the rising scope and severity of wildfires is exacerbating the state's housing crisis and resurfacing a thorny question: Should we rebuild in areas prone to fire threats? First, an Avocado of the Fortnight exposes how little Mat…
 
Babies on the Assembly floor! Senators swearing at each other! Forcible Zoom mutings! The end of the state legislative session was particularly chaotic this year, especially for housing. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam break down the last-minute eviction deal nobody seems happy with, and the head-scratching demise of a housing produ…
 
California faces the prospect of hundreds of thousands of evictions if lawmakers don't come up with new protections by the end of the month. On this episode, Matt and Liam discuss the looming eviction wave, and the loophole in eviction moratoriums that has allowed sheriff deputies to lock out tenants during "shelter in place." First, the Avocado of…
 
President Trump tweeted an ominous warning to suburban housewives. What does that have to do with California housing policy? On this episode, Matt and Liam discuss the history of segregation and discrimination in American suburban enclaves (1:30). First, the Avocado of the Fortnight takes us back in time...to last month. Then, an interview with Uni…
 
It's the worst economy since the Great Depression...and housing prices aren't really budging all that much. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the confusing state of California's home and rental market. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight begs an existential question: just how harmful are UC Berkeley undergrads to the world? (2…
 
Structural racism in housing lay at the heart of many of the economic disparities between black and white households. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam delve into the legacy of one California-specific housing policy with a deeply racist history that is still embedded in the state constitution: Article 34 (7:40). Then, a conversation w…
 
BONUS TRACK!!! Gimme Shelter will be running episodes of "Samaritans", a KCRW narrative podcast hosted by Anna Scott that follows one person's experience of homelessness in Los Angeles. Here's episode one. Samaritans: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/samaritans/id1517172761There Goes the Neighborhood: https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/there-g…
 
California lawmakers have introduced a new package of legislation aimed at making it easier to build housing in California. Matt and Liam discuss whether the new proposals will make a meaningful dent in the state's housing shortage, and how COVID_19 has changed what is and isn't possible. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight has Matt and Liam talking…
 
With the state's economy in pandemic-induced freefall, missed rent payments are piling up for California tenants and landlords. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss whether a rent strike will provoke the state into action, and what can the government realistically do to help? First, the Avocado of the Fortnite takes us to Liam's …
 
Is density to blame for New York's coronavirus outbreak? And if so, should California rethink its push for building more apartments in major cities? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the new public health dimensions of California's density debate. First, an Avocado of the Fortnite takes us to an echo chamber inside Matt's livi…
 
Low-income housing developers say it's really expensive to build affordable units in California. Matt and Liam delve into one example: The Pearl, a small low-income apartment complex that ultimately projected to cost $1.1 million per unit and was never built. First, an FAQ on California's eviction rules after the court system issued new protocols (…
 
As the novel coronavirus pandemic forces millions of Californians to adjust to a new reality, the state’s “housing crisis” already means something different than it did just two weeks ago. On this episode, Matt and Liam discuss how the state's housing woes are complicating California's response to the virus, from homelessness to evictions. First, a…
 
From a live podcast at the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, an interview with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on California's housing and homelessness woes. Full Event: https://priceschool.usc.edu/unhoused-addressing-homelessness-in-california/homelessness-live-webstream/Produced by Jakob Lazzaro…
 
Which presidential candidate's housing plan will do the most for you, dear California voter? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam breakdown the housing proposals of the major remaining presidential candidates and discuss how eerily the policies resemble many California proposals. First an Avocado of the Fortnight compares Detroit and San…
 
California's most controversial housing bill is dead...for the third consecutive year. On this emergency episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss what it was like to watch SB 50 die in real time, the reasons behind its death, and what happens next...Producer: Jakob LazarroMusic for "Jakob asks a normal person question" from filmmusic.io"Envi…
 
A group of homeless and housing insecure mothers made national headlines after occupying a vacant home in West Oakland. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss why the protest was so successful and interview one of the "moms" in Moms 4 Housing.First, an Avocado of the Fortnight asks whether unvaccinated Californians should count as …
 
California's most controversial housing bill is back again...again. For three years Sen. Scott Wiener has tried to force cities to allow apartment buildings around transit. He's hoping new amendments that grant local governments much more flexibility in approving what types of housing go where will finally get his legislation to the Governor. But d…
 
As 2019 winds down, Matt and Liam discuss what major housing storylines you should expect next year. First, the second annual Avocado of the Year is awarded to the most absurd California housing story of 2019 (2:00). Then, counting down the four issues that will define California's housing crisis next year, from a possible Trump crackdown on homele…
 
Matt and Liam interview the co-chairs of Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide task force on homelessness, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. This episode was taped live on November 5 at a "Homelessness and Housing Town Hall" hosted by the Milken Institute in Santa Monica. The town hall was co-produced by CalM…
 
Fires, blackouts, and soaring housing costs--has California officially reached a tipping point? Or are we simply recycling the same old tired doomsday tropes every time the state faces a collective challenge? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam chat with New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo about why the state's twin climate change an…
 
A very special episode: Matt and Liam moderate a conversation on housing policy between state Sen. Scott Wiener, Democrat from San Francisco, and Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch. Wiener is trying to force California cities to allow denser housing. Mirisch has been a fierce defender of local control and single-family-only zoning. Tune in for the av…
 
What is neighborhood character exactly? What does a one-size-fits-all approach to housing mean? What strain does building more housing actually put on city infrastructure?On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the case for local control over housing decisions. First, Gimme Shelter is going on tour in Southern California--come out a…
 
Gimme Shelter solves the housing crisis...in front of a live studio audience! Matt and Liam hosted the first live taping of the podcast on September 18 in downtown San Francisco, focused on solutions to California's housing woes. They interview Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, USCF homelessness expert Dr. Margot Kushel, and developer Candice Gonzalez. I…
 
Last Friday, California lawmakers ended their work for the year. Did they solve California's housing woes? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the bills on their way to the governor's desk and what they mean for Californians. (Note: A previous version of this podcast was accidentally uploaded before final editing. Listen to this…
 
Late last week, Democratic leaders including Gov. Gavin Newsom announced they had reached a deal on a bill that would limit how much a California landlord can raise the rent. In this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the shifting politics and policy of Assembly Bill 1482, and its prospects for becoming law. First, Matt brings his own …
 
Section 8 is the most well-known affordable housing program in the country. How exactly does it work in a high-cost state like California? In light of a bill that would ban landlords from discriminating against Section 8 voucher holders, Matt and Liam discuss the program's promise and shortcomings.First some major podcast announcements (2:00), incl…
 
Oregon is the first state in the nation to pass laws capping annual rent increases and prohibiting single family only zoning. California tenant and zoning reform advocates have struggled in recent years to push similar laws. Matt and Liam discuss the key political and policy differences between the "Oregon model" and California. First, an absurdly …
 
At some point, the "big one" will hit California--a major earthquake in a major population center. For a state with a severe housing shortage, that's probably not good. On this episode, Matt and Liam terrify you with forecasts on how a quake in the Bay or Los Angeles could exacerbate the state's housing crisis. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight t…
 
How much should tech companies be blamed for California's housing crisis? And what are they doing to combat it? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss whether "big tech" is more of a scapegoat for the state's housing woes or whether the credo of "move fast and break things" has broken the Bay Area's housing market. First, a detaile…
 
There's about $2 billion in new spending on housing and homelessness in the state budget. Is that a lot? A little? And how exactly will it be spent? On this episode, Matt and Liam breakdown what we know about housing in Gov. Newsom's first official budget, and what important things we don't know yet. Then, an interview with Mike Neely, former commi…
 
Last week was a rough week for California housing bills. Many couldn't pass a key legislative deadline, and some of the survivors were barely recognizable by the time lawmakers were done with them. In this episode, Matt and Liam sift through the wreckage and what it means for the future of the state's' housing woes. Then, interviews with Dan Dunmoy…
 
The most controversial housing bill in the state was unexpectedly put on life support this week. In this emergency version of the podcast, Matt and Liam discuss how and why SB 50, Sen. Wiener's second attempt to produce denser housing around transit, got shelved. Then an interview with Brian Hanlon, head of California YIMBY, sponsor of the bill (32…
 
A special edition of Gimme Shelter this week: a panel of big-city mayors! Hosted by the Urban Land Institute, Liam interviews Oakland's Libby Schaaf, Stockton's Michael Tubbs, Sacramento's Darrell Steinberg, and San Jose's Sam Liccardo on solutions to California's housing woes. The event was recorded in San Francisco on Friday, May 10th. Special th…
 
Last week was a busy one for very controversial housing bills in California. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the major changes to SB 50, Sen. Scott Wiener's attempt to force cities to allow taller housing around transit, and a mixed bag for tenant groups in the Capitol, First, the Avocado of the Fortnight shout-outs some won…
 
Several high-profile tenant protection and rent control bills face tough hearings in the state Legislature next week, all facing an uncertain future. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the latest in a series of efforts in the state Capitol to push tenant rights, and why almost all of those efforts have failed in the past. First…
 
Is the solution to California's housing shortage literally sitting in the backyard of single-family homes? This week, Matt and Liam delve into the role Accessory Dwelling Units--ADU's, in-law units or "Casitas" as no one calls them, could play in fixing the state's housing woes. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight delves into the relationship betwe…
 
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is a newly self-identified "YIMBY"--a proponent of "Yes in My Backyard" development. Liam and Matt discuss what that the Republican mayor's pro-density policies mean for the one of the largest and sprawliest cities in California. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight asks whether the cure for the state's housing crisis …
 
Does building more housing--and allowing more housing to be built--actually reduce rents and home prices in the long run? How long is the long run exactly? In light of a MIT study that casts doubt on the efficacy of "upzoning"--allowing more houses to be built on one piece of land--Matt and Liam talk about "supply skepticism" and how important the …
 
Huntington Beach, you've been served. Last week, the Newsom administration announced it was suing the Orange County city for failing to plan for adequate housing. Matt and Liam delve into the details of the suit, and what it means for the future of local control over housing decisions. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight takes us yet again to the ci…
 
Gov. Gavin Newsom's housing budget tries to do ALOT--including build more housing for California's middle class. Matt and Liam take a deeper dive into Newsom's housing plan, including his call for Silicon Valley companies to chip in on the so-called "missing middle." First, an Avocado of the Fortnight from San Jose has Liam purring with delight (1:…
 
There was so much housing news in Gov. Gavin Newsom's first budget proposal that Matt and Liam couldn't wait a week to talk about it. We don't get to everything Newsom wants to do, but we analyze some of the bigger developments, including: * The unprecedented infusion of housing cash* A looming crackdown on cities who don't meet their housing goals…
 
Zoning reform-—changing how cities decide what types of homes can be built where—isn't just a hot topic in California. Minneapolis, Minnesota made national headlines as the first major city to eliminate single family zoning in an effort to lower the city's housing prices and redress racial inequities. Matt and Liam talk with Lisa Bender, president …
 
The most controversial housing bill in recent California history is back. Does it have any chance of passing this time? Matt and Liam ask Sen. Scott Wiener, the man behind SB 50, about his re-imagined plan to build more apartment buildings around California. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight asks whether the need for nudity should be protected und…
 
Matt and Liam were travelling and sick the past two weeks, so no conventional episode of Gimme Shelter this fortnight. Instead we present a collection of interviews with big city mayors on housing and homelessness. First, a live panel featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and Sacrame…
 
Matt and Liam break down all of the important housing-related results from last week's election. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight asks whether Richard Dreyfus voted against state housing law (4:30). Then, a discussion of the dismal performance of Prop. 10 and where the rent control debate goes from here (11:00), the failure of an effort to expan…
 
The election is just days away! Matt and Liam walk through everything you need to know to make an informed choice on Tuesday. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight from San Diego prompts an existential debate on NIMBYism (4:00). Then, a discussion of housing in the governor's race (8:00), the state legislature (14:00), Prop. 1 (16:30), Prop. 2 (22:00)…
 
Rebuilding the northern California city of Santa Rosa one year after a disastrous fire has been a traumatic, difficult and expensive endeavor. Some also view it as an opportunity to build more housing in an area that desperately needs it. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight begins with two housing reporters walking into a Sacramento bar (2:20). Then…
 
A first of its kind for Gimme Shelter: A crossover episode! Matt and Liam join comedy writer and all around smart guy Hayes Davenport, Curbed editor Alissa Walker, and housing guru Scott Frazier of L.A. Podcast to talk about the intersection of state and local housing policy in L.A. If you're interested in good local news podcasts, you should subsc…
 
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