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‘Gimme Shelter’: Newsom falls far short of big housing promises

Governor Gavin Newsom took office four years ago with some of the biggest housing promises imaginable.

The state would build 3.5 million new homes by 2025, a five-fold increase in California’s average annual housing production. And his efforts to address the state’s housing affordability crisis are said to be akin to the “Marshall Plan,” the United States’ multibillion-dollar campaign to rebuild Western Europe after World War II.

Now, with Newsom campaigning for a second term, how did he do it? In this episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast,” we assess Newsom’s record on housing and homelessness. We found that although the Governor has prioritized housing issues more than his predecessors in office, he is far from achieving his goals.

“Gimme Shelter,” a bi-weekly podcast about why it’s so expensive to live in California and what the state can do about it, features Liam Dillon, who covers housing affordability issues for the Los Angeles Times, and Manuela Tobías, housing reporter for CalMatters.

You can subscribe to “Gimme Shelter” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud and Google Podcasts.


Los Angeles Times

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