With California’s housing costs continuing to rise, I co-founded a podcast in summer 2017 to dig deeply into the sources of the problem with a focus on state politics and policy. Each episode breaks down a particular aspect of the California’s housing troubles and includes an interview with a housing expert or newsmaker.
In summer 2017, the California Supreme Court issued a major ruling that could change the way local governments can raise money through tax increases. I analyzed the effects of the decision on the Maddy Report, a public affairs show that airs on outlets across California. (My segment is the first six minutes.)
I discussed the limits and potential uses of state low-income housing money, as well as the significance of local zoning restrictions on housing affordability, in a radio segment on an NPR affiliate in Los Angeles.
In 2015, the San Diego towing industry was implicated in a series of campaign finance allegations related to donations to high-profile local politicians. On San Diego Explained, a three-minute segment that simplified an issue in the news, I showed how campaign money laundering works — in a laundromat.
California’s high cost of housing is a political problem caused in part because the state Legislature cannot agree to fundamental changes to rules for how homebuilding is approved and financed. In an interview for the Randall Lewis Seminar Series at UC Riverside, I explained why so many interest groups are at odds and why the Legislature doesn’t solve the problem.