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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 James Irvine Foundation, committed to a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.

Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast Matt Levin and Liam Dillon

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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 James Irvine Foundation, committed to a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.

    The SB 50 local control remix, with Sen. Scott Wiener

    The SB 50 local control remix, with Sen. Scott Wiener

    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 do the amendments make the bill more complex and less effective? And are they politically savvy enough to pass?

    Matt and Liam discuss the third incarnation of SB 50. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight asks where the social responsibility of strip clubs should end (3:30). Then a walk-thru of the past, present and future of SB 50 (5:00). Finally, an interview with Sen. Scott Wiener (25:00).

    • 55 min
    Housing storylines to watch in 2020, with former state housing head Ben Metcalf

    Housing storylines to watch in 2020, with former state housing head Ben Metcalf

    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 homelessness to what a "signature housing production bill" actually looks like (7:00). Finally, an interview with Ben Metcalf, former head of the state Department of Housing and Community Development, about the successes and mistakes of his tenure (32:00).

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Solving homelessness, with Darrell Steinberg and Mark Ridley-Thomas

    Solving homelessness, with Darrell Steinberg and Mark Ridley-Thomas

    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 CalMatters, the Los Angeles Times, and the Milken Institute.

    Special thanks to JPMorgan Chase & Co., Edison International and SoCalGas for sponsoring the event.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Is California as we know it over? With the New York Times' Farhad Manjoo

    Is California as we know it over? With the New York Times' Farhad Manjoo

    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 and housing affordability problems make him pessimistic about the future.

    First, an Avocado of the Fortnight poses a $10,000 question: How much would it take for you to leave the Bay? (4:30) Then a discussion of where Southern California decided to put 1.3 million new units of state-mandated housing, and why the decision was so surprising to Liam (7:30). Finally, a conversation about whether we should rebuild in high fire risk areas, followed by an interview with NYT op-ed columnist and fan of the pod Farhad Manjoo (33:00).

    Farhad's Column: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/30/opinion/sunday/california-fires.html

    • 58 min
    The melee at the Marriott: Sen. Wiener and Beverly Hills Mayor Mirisch debate housing

    The melee at the Marriott: Sen. Wiener and Beverly Hills Mayor Mirisch debate housing

    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 avocado jokes, stay for the civil discourse on zoning reform!!!

    This debate was recorded live at the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing's annual conference in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, October 25th.

    Registration for our CalMatters-L.A. Times town hall on homelessness and housing in Santa Monica, Tuesday Nov. 5th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-homelessness-housing-town-hall-registration-76393489985#m_1_100

    • 52 min
    The case for local control over housing, with Susan Kirsch and Juan Garza

    The case for local control over housing, with Susan Kirsch and Juan Garza

    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 and see us (3:00). Then a truly sisyphean Avocado of the Fortnight (7:00), followed by a roundup of what housing bills Gov. Newsom signed and vetoed (11:00). Finally, interviews with Susan Kirsch, founder and former president of Liveable California (31:00), and Juan Garza, mayor pro tem of the city of Bellflower (55:00).

    Tour Dates:

    Oct 26, Voice of San Diego's Politifest, 2PM (check calendar for additional details) : https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/politifest/

    Nov 5, Milken Institute in Santa Monica, Homelessness and Housing Town Hall: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-homelessness-housing-town-hall-registration-76393489985

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

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Good housing podcast

matt.metrics ,

The best resource for nuance and detail

I loooooove the podcast. I am a graduate student in economics interested in urban and housing policy issues, and this is one of my favorite resources for in depth discussion of housing issues, with a focus on California. (However, much of the discussion can be generalized to other metro areas.)

kurtcobaincrush ,

Great local info!

These issues are so important to Californians. I find it’s hard to talk to people who are knowledgeable and unbiased. Now I can at least listen to some people on these topics of housing, homelessness, climate crisis, etc. so thank you to LA Times and CalMatters for this podcast!! Even as a notCal resident, I am a subscriber to LA Times and love to see the reporters from the paper deliver on their promise for being a source of news for CA.

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