Developers, white elites, lawmakers, are behind California’s housing crisis

The law requires California cities and counties to produce prodigious reports to plan for housing — but it doesn’t hold them accountable for any resulting home building.

So in the end, poor people get cast aside by feckless politicians who are owned by developers.

State lawmakers have known about the law’s weaknesses for decades but haven’t fixed them. That’s the way the developers and their lobbyists in Sacramento want it.

Same for California’s white elites.

More than two-thirds of California’s coastal communities have adopted measures — such as caps on population or housing growth, or building height limits — aimed at limiting residential development, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

A UC Berkeley study of California’s local land-use regulations found that every growth-control policy a city puts in place raises housing costs by as much as 5% there.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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