It's obvious that "affordable" and "housing" rarely go together in California. We're known for having some of the highest rental and housing prices in the U.S.
But some Californians are taking action by:
* fighting for more funding for affordable housing construction
* authoring laws that create higher-density housing and forces cities to meet their housing goals
* demanding rent control on apartment buildings, and demanding the repeal of a law that forbids it
And come November 6, you'll be voting on some of their actions, because there's going to be at least one affordable-housing measure on the state ballot, and possibly a rent-control measure on our local one in Sacramento.
Come to the Federalist in Midtown Sacramento for our next "Policy and a Pint" to learn about the latest efforts to create more affordable housing -- by the state legislature, local advocacy groups, and the construction industry -- and what to keep in mind when you're voting "yay" or "nay" on them.
* Jovanna Fajardo, Sacramento Director of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, one of the groups in the Sacramento 4 Housing coalition that's trying to get a rent-control measure on the Sacramento ballot this November
* Ioannis Kazanis, Communications Director for North State Building Industry Association, top advocate for the homebuilding industry in the Sacramento region
* State Senator Scott Wiener (D - San Francisco), who has authored multiple housing bills, like making it easier to build taller buildings near public transit and speeds up project approvals if cities aren't meeting their housing goals
* Holly Wunder Stiles - director of housing development for Mutual Housing, which builds and manages sustainable housing in Northern California, and recently won a United Nations-World Habitat Award for its new housing development in Woodland