Who’s Counting? How McKinsey Hyped California’s Housing Crisis

By Zelda Bronstein
When Gavin Newsom was running for California governor in 2017, he famously vowed to “lead the effort to build the 3.5 million new housing units we need by 2025.” Newsom conceded that the goal was “audacious” but argued that “our solutions must be as bold as the problem is big.” Everyone agreed that California’s housing problem was big. What drew skepticism was the prospect of building 3.5 million homes by 2025.

New bill would let California’s attorney general jump into more housing fights 1

By Dustin Gardiner
As cities across California try to avoid complying with new state housing laws, Attorney General Rob Bonta is asking state legislators to give him another tool to rein in scofflaw municipalities.
Bonta’s office is sponsoring a bill that would give the attorney general the unconditional right to wade into any lawsuit filed over a potential violation of state housing law.
The measure, Assembly Bill 1485 by Matt Haney, D-San Francisco, comes as Bonta has increasingly sought to expand the state’s role.

UCLA’s secretive neoliberal housing conference

If you were looking for an event that epitomizes the neoliberalization of the University of California, you’d be hard pressed to top the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies’ 2022 Lake Arrowhead Symposium.
It’s a public school using public money, but we can’t find out even basic information about the Lake Arrowhead housing conference, where reporters have to sign a gag order.

Palo Alto Mayor Assails State Housing Mandates

By Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto Mayor Lydia Kou took a swing on Wednesday at state housing mandates during her “State of the City” address and warned that recent laws could render the council helpless to prevent an onrush of large developments.
Kou sharply criticized recent state laws like Senate Bill 35 and Senate Bill 330, which limits a council’s ability to revise design standards.

Huntington Beach v. Newsom, RHNA, HCD, and state housing law

Posted by: Bob Silvestri –

The City of Huntington Beach (the “CITY”) in Southern California has been in the news recently in its battle to push back on state housing laws, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), and the Regional Housing Needs Allocation process. The City has now taken the bold action of filing a “Complaint for Declaratory Relief: Injunctive Relief” to bring its case before the U.S. District Court in California, with a “Demand for Jury Trial.”