Monthly Archives: May 2018

Grand theft, housing, and owners who can’t vote with their feet

"A core selling point of federalism is that it enables those ill-treated by one government body to “vote with their feet” toward less abusive jurisdictions. That is a good reason for reserving some political policy determinations to the state rather than national government, or to local rather than state government. However, devolving political power to [...]

2018-05-29T15:16:14-07:00May 29th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Meet the Rising New Housing Movement That Wants to Create Homes for All

“Crossing the Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge on a brisk spring morning in Rochester, New York, the first thing one sees is a small tent city scattered about the banks of the Genesee River. It’s a sprawl of black tarps, folding chairs, and a charcoal grill, all set up on private land. The property’s [...]

2018-05-25T20:34:49-07:00May 25th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Pasadenans won’t be able to vote on rent control this November, after all

"Local hopes to get a rent control measure on the November ballot were dashed Thursday when a Pasadena group announced it fell 2,112 signatures short of the 12,336 that would have been necessary to put the idea up for a citywide vote. Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Coalition had 180 days to collect signatures from 15 [...]

2018-05-25T19:19:07-07:00May 25th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

California housing is such a surreal nightmare, even Kafka would find it Kafkaesque

To: Joe Mathews From: Franz Kafka "I keep hearing Californians calling your state’s housing crisis Kafkaesque. You are far too kind. I never imagined a nightmare this cruel, absurd, and surreal. I don’t know how I got to California. But I appeared here some weeks ago, in the form of an insect, like my protagonist [...]