#DamienTalks 40 – Brown’s Housing Legislation with Jason Islas

Support Streetsblog California today. Click on image to make a donation.
Support Streetsblog California today. Click on image to make a donation.

Today, #DamienTalks with Jason Islas, the editor of Santa Monica Next. This podcast featured Islas a couple of months ago to discuss a proposal by Assemblymember Richard Bloom to make it easier to build more housing.

#DamienTalksThe spirit of Bloom’s proposal lives on in a rider to the California Budget by Governor Jerry Brown. Islas will discuss that rider and why, in his view, the legislation would help ease the affordable housing crisis in California, especially the overheated markets in Los Angeles and the Greater Bay Area.

The legislation is controversial, next week we’ll have someone in opposition featured on the podcast. We’re going to try and cover both sides of this issue, as there are a lot of good people on both sides of the conversation trying to protect communities and increase our state’s housing stock.

This week’s #DamienTalks is also the first interview given by Islas since Santa Monica Next was awarded the “Excellence in Communication” prize from the American Planning Association in Los Angeles. Just in time for our fundraising drive, “Next’s excellence” is a credit to the work done by the entire Streetsblog California team. So if you support our efforts, please consider donating today!

We’re always looking for sponsors, show ideas, and feedback. You can contact me at damien@streetsblog.org, at twitter @damientypes, online at Streetsblog California or on Facebook at StreetsblogCA.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

#DamienTalks 42: Sam Tepperman-Gelfant and the Governor’s Housing Proposal

|
Today, #DamienTalks with Sam Tepperman-Gelfant, a senior staff attorney with Public Advocates about Governor Jerry Brown’s legislative language to streamline the environmental process for certain types of housing development. Public Advocates was one of the leaders in circulating a letter criticizing Brown’s language, charging that the governor’s stated goal won’t be met by his proposal. […]

#DamienTalks 24: New Housing Bills Intersect with Transit, Transpo. Planning

|
Last week, Streetsblog California announced three new pieces of legislation introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom who represents West Los Angeles County cities in the Assembly. Bloom’s legislation focuses on increasing the housing stock in California by reducing the hurdles to creating “Granny Flats” and strengthening density bonuses for developers producing affordable housing and market-rate housing. Today, […]

Support Streetsblog California This #GivingTuesday

|
By now you’ve gotten at least a dozen emails about #GivingTuesday asking you to donate to an important and worthy nonprofit. Today, throughout California staff are working on stories and podcasts to cover and explain issues both locally and statewide. In Los Angeles, Joe is doing a deep-dive on a new report on car parking […]

Infographic: Historic Housing Trends in Santa Monica

|
The above infographic traces the historical trends of housing in Santa Monica. Data are from existing housing stock. As is clear from the graphic, in the last thirty years relatively little housing has been built due to zoning restrictions and political obstacles. While Santa Monica’s population has remained relatively static over the last several decades, […]