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Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast
54 minutes | 7 days ago
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/
63 minutes | a month ago
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/
64 minutes | 2 months ago
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).
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Wildfires and the housing crisis (again), with Seana O'Shaughnessy
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 Matt and Liam know about Westeros' setback requirements (3:20). Then a discussion of the state's most recent spate of record wildfires and what it means for the state's housing goals (6:00). Finally, an interview with Seana O'Shaughnessy, CEO of Community Housing Improvement Program, on whether it's a good idea to rebuild Paradise's largest low-income housing complex.
62 minutes | 3 months ago
The eviction deal and the duplex debacle, with Asm. Buffy Wicks
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 production bill that actually passed both chambers. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight is awarded to the only lawmaker to actually address a previous Avocado with successful legislation (2:30). Then, a discussion of the eviction compromise and what it meant for renters, landlords and banks (5:00). Then, a breakdown of why the highest profile housing production bill of 2020 passed both houses--and still failed to become law (20:30). Finally, an interview with viral sensation Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, Democrat from Oakland, on why she and her four week old daughter were on the Assembly floor supporting duplexes in single-family neighborhoods (38:30). Audio editing by Victor Figueroa http://www.vicfig.com/
53 minutes | 3 months ago
The eviction cliff, with Rep. Maxine Waters
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 the Fortnight introduces us to the term "garden igloo" (3:00). Then, a discussion of current federal and state efforts to stave off the eviction cliff (6:30). Matt shamelessly promotes his story about the 1,600 households evicted during the pandemic (18:00). Then, an interview with Rep. Maxine Waters, Democrat from Los Angeles, about federal efforts to forestall evictions, President Trump's comments about "suburban housewives", and how Gov. Newsom has handled the pandemic (29:00). Matt's Story: https://calmatters.org/housing/2020/08/californians-evicted-coronavirus-pandemic/ Editing and post-production by Victor Figueroa. http://www.vicfig.com/
46 minutes | 4 months ago
Trump and the suburbs, with sociologist Karyn Lacy
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 University of Michigan sociologist Karyn Lacy on whether the president's characterization of the suburbs fits the realities of 2020 (17:30).
48 minutes | 5 months ago
Article 34 and Devaluing Black Homes, with Andre Perry
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 with Andre Perry, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, whose research into the devaluation of homes in Black neighborhoods points to systemic bias in how the U.S. and California cities value Black assets (24:30). Andre's book: https://www.brookings.edu/book/know-your-price/
30 minutes | 5 months ago
Bonus Pod: Samaritans, Episode 1
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/id1517172761 There Goes the Neighborhood: https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/there-goes-the-neighborhood
39 minutes | 6 months ago
California's post-pandemic housing package
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 turkey (5:00). Then Liam shared some epidemiologically informed advice for Matt on how he should live in his apartment complex (7:20). Then an overview of how homelessness and housing programs fared in deficit-demolished state budget (12:00), and how that affected the suite of housing bills pushed by Senate Democratic leaders after SB 50 (21:00). Remember to donate to CalMatters and subscribe to the Los Angeles Times to participate in our Gimme Shelter Sweepstakes and get a chance to win some housing artwork and be on the show. Donate: https://checkout.fundjournalism.org/memberform?org_id=calmatters Subscribe: https://www.latimes.com/subscriptions/land-subscribe-evergreen/subscribe.html
59 minutes | 7 months ago
#CancelTheRent, with a California renter and landlord
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 backyard (4:00). Then a discussion of the #CancelTheRent movement and two state proposals to address the issue (7:00). Then an interview with Patricia Mendoza, a renter in Imperial Beach who participated in the May 1 rent strike (30:00). Finally, an interview with Evelyn Garcia, whose family owns an apartment complex in South L.A. (44:00). LA Times Subscription Page: https://www.latimes.com/subscriptions/land-subscribe-evergreen/subscribe.html#int_source=on_site&int_medium=may_acquisition_subscribe_vanity_landing_page&int_campaign=digital_test CalMatters Donation Page: calmatters.org/donate/ml
53 minutes | 7 months ago
Will California rethink density because of COVID-19, with Conor Dougherty
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 living room (3:00). Then a discussion of NIMBY pushback to housing the homeless in hotels (7:00), followed by hot takes on whether the drive for urban density will be sunk by COVID-19 (16:00). Then an interview with Conor Dougherty, New York Times reporter and author of the new book "Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America."
61 minutes | 7 months ago
A million bucks to build one low-income housing unit, with Ginger Hitzke
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 (2:00). Then a discussion of what happened to The Pearl and what it says about California's low-income housing shortage (15:00). Then an interview with Ginger Hitzke, developer of The Pearl (32:00).
41 minutes | 8 months ago
COVID-19 and the housing crisis
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, an Avocado of the Fortnight takes us to the front lines of the tenant revolution: casual dining restaurant chains (6:00). Then a discussion of how Gov. Newsom is trying to house the more than 108,000 Californians without shelter in the middle of a pandemic (9:00). Then a breakdown of what state and local governments are and aren't doing to prevent renters from being evicted (23:00). Finally, some big picture takes on what happens to the housing debate if we enter a prolonged recession (33:00). NOTE: This podcast was recorded Thursday, March 26, one day before Gov. Newsom issued a new executive order on evictions. While the administration has characterized the executive order as an "eviction moratorium", many tenant groups and Democratic lawmakers have criticized it for not doing enough to protect renters. More information on the new executive order: https://www.kqed.org/news/11809328/newsoms-eviction-moratorium-useless-misleading-tenants-groups-say
31 minutes | 9 months ago
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on housing and homelessness
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
46 minutes | 9 months ago
The presidential candidates' housing plans, with Jenny Schuetz
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 Francisco real estate (2;10). Then a breakdown of the Trump administration's approach to housing (5:10). Liam and Matt then present the "Gimmie" awards to various Democratic presidential candidates' housing plans (11:00). Finally, an interview with Jenny Schuetz, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute on the role of federal policy in California's housing crisis (23:30). Special thanks to our producer/intern, Jakob Lazzaro
24 minutes | 10 months ago
Emergency pod: SB 50 dies again. What happens now?
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 Lazarro Music for "Jakob asks a normal person question" from filmmusic.io "Envision" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Sponsorship of this podcast provided by The James Irvine Foundation
63 minutes | 10 months ago
Moms 4 Housing, with Dominique Walker, Aaron Glantz and Carroll Fife
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 a terrorist threat (3:00). Then a brand new segment from intern producer Jakob sparks a breakdown on what Moms 4 Housing wanted and how realistic their goals are (6:30). Finally, interviews with Aaron Glantz, author of the book "Homewreckers" who has reported extensively on investment firms buying California homes (22:00); and Moms 4 Housing's Dominique Walker (37:00) and the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment's Carroll Fife (37:00). Aaron Glantz's book "Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream": https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062869531/homewreckers/ Credits: Jakob Lazzarro is our producer. Music for "Jakob asks a normal person question" from https://filmmusic.io "Envision" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Sponsorship of this podcast provided by The James Irvine Foundation.
56 minutes | a year ago
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).
62 minutes | a year ago
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).
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