Jessica Goodheart: A federal program’s critics say it provides questionable benefits for low-income communities and hastens gentrification — while awarding large tax breaks to the wealthiest.
Jessica Goodheart: In the unincorporated communities of Los Angeles County, nearly a quarter of residents spend more than half of their income on housing costs.
Jessica Goodheart: L.A. voters have approved nearly $5 billion to fight homelessness. Many say this can only be a down payment on a problem that is structural in nature.
Jessica Goodheart: As cities struggle to rein in the short-term rental service, a detente in San Francisco may show the way.
Jessica Goodheart: California’s homeless crisis has been fueled by gentrification and an affordable housing shortage that is especially acute in such job-rich urban areas as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Jessica Goodheart: Ending the shutdown won’t curtail the hiring opportunities for corporate recruiters, says one expert. It’s like divorce: Once you start thinking about leaving, the odds that it will happen go up dramatically.
Jessica Goodheart: With more money than ever to spend on homelessness, Los Angeles County offers fewer winter shelter beds than last year. Why?
Jessica Goodheart: Phillips 66, one of Gikovich’s clients, has paid her $937,500 in fees and retainers to lobby the governor’s office and state regulatory boards since 2012.
Jessica Goodheart: Most experts don’t believe that the governor-elect’s target of creating 3.5 million new units by 2025 is achievable. Still, they are energized by his bold plans.
Jessica Goodheart: A Los Angeles-based program—the only one like it for janitors in the country—has helped align janitorial staffs with the sustainability goals of office building owners.
Jessica Goodheart: “Investigations are coming — there’s no question,” says Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren. And not just investigations into Trump’s tax returns, but examinations of the harm federal agencies have been doing to America’s communities.
Jessica Goodheart: By a decisive 58 percent, L.A. voted against asking the city to amend its charter to allow it to operate a municipal financial institution.
Jessica Goodheart: A baby step toward establishing municipal banking in America’s second-largest city would be a giant leap for this national movement.