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 James Irvine Foundation, committed to a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.
Matt's last podcast, with Matt
Matt and Liam launched Gimme Shelter in 2017. The podcast will continue...but without Matt. On this very special episode, Matt and Liam break down their last Avocado of the Fortnight together (5:00), talk about what covering politics in the Sacramento is really like (8:30), predictions for 2021 in California housing (19:30), and reflect back on the lessons of the past three years...fill in the blank style (39:00).
Special thanks again to audio editor Victor Figueroa.
An interview with Newsom's housing czar, Jason Elliott
Where is the Newsom administration's "Marshall Plan" for housing? How has the pandemic impacted the governor's approach to homelessness? When should the state's eviction moratorium be lifted? Matt and Liam devote an hour of this fortnight's podcast to interviewing Jason Elliott, Gov. Newsom's point person on all things housing and homelessness.
First, the winner of the coveted Avocado of the Year is awarded to a special surprise guest (1:30). Then, a sit-down with Jason Elliott on all things California housing (15:00).
Podcast editing by Victor Figueroa http://www.vicfig.com/
"Crime-free" housing and Project Homekey, with Terrance Stewart
More than 100 California cities have adopted "crime-free" housing policies that make it difficult for renters with a criminal record to maintain stable housing. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the disproportionate impact these policies have on Black and brown Californians. First, a few major podcast announcements. Then an Avocado of the Fortnight checks in with Project Homekey, Gov. Newsom's homeless housing shopping spree (6:50). Finally, a conversation about crime-free housing (17:00), followed by an interview with Terrance Stewart, who has struggled to find housing for his family in Riverside after a drug conviction (32:00).
What a Biden win means for California housing, with Carol Galante
Can Joe Biden fix California's housing crisis? No. Can he help? Maybe. In this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss the potential and limits of Biden's plans for homelessness, zoning reform, and affordable housing and how they'll impact California. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight gets some San Diego residents' blood boiling (2:00). Then some post-election hot takes on the two statewide housing propositions: rent control and property tax breaks for seniors (7:30). Finally, a back and forth about Biden's housing plans (17:00), followed by an interview with Carol Galante, faculty director with the UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation and former Assistant Secretary for Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration. (30:00).
Note: We had some audio quality issues with this one, apologies. Next episode we should be back to our higher quality audio.
Podcast editing by Victor Figueroa http://www.vicfig.com/
Answering Abigail's ballot questions, and Prop 19 pros and cons
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 vote. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight asks WWJD about a homeless person on a park bench (3:00)? Then Abigail gets her questions (mostly) answered about the rent control initiative (Prop 21) and the portable property tax breaks initiative (Prop 19) (6:30). Finally, interviews with Sara Kimberlin, policy analyst with the California Budget and Policy Center (35:00), and David Wolfe, consultant with the "Yes on Prop 19" campaign (48:00).
Editing by Victor Figueroa: http://www.vicfig.com/
The rent control initiative, with the "Yes" and "No" side
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 of the history and future of Prop. 21 (8:30). Finally, interviews with Steve Maviglio, spokesperson for the "No on 21" campaign (27:30), and Rene Moya, campaign director for the "Yes" campaign (43:00).
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If you haven’t listened to Gimme Shelter yet, then I suggest you begin as soon as possible — with fair warning that the show is compulsive. My favorite duo: Liam and Matt cover the very serious issues of the California housing crisis. Yet there are touches of humor, like the Avocado 🥑 of the fortnight and their back and forth banter. This podcast is not simply informative but also perspective-changing. It will enrich every article/news about CA’s housing crisis that you read/hear thereafter.
Highly Informative and Genuinely Entertaining
When I recommend that fellow laypeople like me listen to this podcast, they are often perplexed when I tell them that a housing policy podcast is actually fun to listen to. It sounds odd, but it’s seriously one of my favorite podcasts not just because it dives into the complexities surrounding California’s housing crisis, but also Matt and Liam are a joy to listen to (at least for offbeat/weird people like me). Please keep this podcast going!
Great reporting on housing
I love this podcast and how the two host journalists pick apart what is going on in housing in CA from tenants movements, to efforts to build affordable housing to electoral politics on the issue (coming out with new episodes on the latest developments) and also history. This topic needs more reporting and analysis and I so appreciate this podcast for being approachable, well researched of course, and also not shying away from getting into the details!