"Why Housing Is Unaffordable in California"

The Wall Street Journal | September 29, 2017

What could really help is deregulation, but residents aren’t likely to get it from Democratic lawmakers.

Democrats in Sacramento celebrated earlier this month when they passed a raft of bills intended to redress California’s so-called housing crisis. Sorry to spoil the party, but their legislation will do little to address the real problem and could even make things worse for poor and middle-income residents.


"California Governor Signs into Law Major Reforms to Housing Accountability Act"

Holland and Knight | September 29, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 29, 2017, signed into law two bills – SB 167/AB 678 (Sen. Nancy Skinner/Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra) and AB 1515 (Assembly Member Tom Daly) – that significantly reform California’s Housing Accountability Act (HAA or Act), Cal. Gov. Code §65589.5. These reforms are among the most important of several housing bills signed by the Governor that the California State Legislature enacted in the closing days of the 2017 session.


"Yes, You Can Build Your Way to Affordable Housing"

Sightline Institute | September 21, 2017

“San Francisco’s anti-developer politics have dug it into a self-perpetuating cycle of self-righteousness and displacement.”

“You can’t build your way out of a housing affordability problem.” That’s conventional wisdom. I hear it all the time: Prosperous, growing, tech-rich cities from Seattle to the Bay Area and from Austin to Boston are all gripped by soaring rents and home prices.


"How Local Housing Regulations Smother the U.S. Economy"

New York Times | September 6, 2017

If you live in a coastal city like New York, Boston or San Francisco, you know that the cost of housing has skyrocketed. This housing crisis did not happen by chance: Increasingly restrictive land-use regulations in the last half-century contributed to it.


"Tiny Homes, Big Goals"

The Bay City Beacon | September 6, 2017

To house an ever-larger homeless population, San Francisco may have to think smaller.

Amid a growing homelessness crisis, San Francisco does not have enough supportive housing to accommodate everyone who needs it.


"Why Can’t We Get Cities Right?"

The New York Times | September 4, 2017

The waters are receding in Houston, and so, inevitably, is national interest. But Harvey will leave a huge amount of wreckage behind, some of it invisible. In particular, we don’t yet know just how much poison has been released by flooding of chemical plants, waste dumps, and more.