Randy Shaw: Homeowners’ and their allies have cried wolf so effectively about threats of “luxury” housing fueling gentrification that many in the media still promote this false narrative.
Randy Shaw: Letting Trump decide what’s news works for him. It means we hear little about the Trump Administration’s legal efforts to eliminate health care for over 20 million Americans. Or the Supreme Court allowing Trump to shift $2.5 billion in military spending to a border wall.
Randy Shaw: What happens to those who refuse to go to shelters? Will they be criminally prosecuted? If so, get ready for counties to hire a whole lot of new public defenders to represent those charged with such crimes.
Randy Shaw: Among the 45 million Americans holding such debt are the type of infrequent voters who now have a direct financial interest in electing a pro-loan forgiveness President, Senate and Congress.
Randy Shaw: As workers priced out of Santa Monica and desirable LA neighborhoods turned to Culver City, housing prices predictably shot up. And like nearly all high-housing cost cities, it was not “luxury development” that gentrified Culver City.
Randy Shaw: It’s now clear that California’s Democratic leadership paid lip service to the need to build more housing. It utterly failed to pass essential housing production and tenant protection legislation.
Randy Shaw: It is always worth remembering that most renters in the United States suffer from the federal government’s failure to provide rental assistance.
Randy Shaw: It is not too soon for housing advocates to tell their House member and Senators to prioritize a major HUD budget increase. If there is going to be a “Green New Deal” than billions of dollars for green and affordable infill housing must be included.
Randy Shaw: There’s a reason Mayor Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council, and even the historically more conservative LA Board of Supervisors all endorsed Prop 10: pressure from the city’s tenants movement made it happen.
Randy Shaw: Anti-rent control campaigns disproportionately rely on lies because they are asking most voters to cast ballots against either their personal or broader self-interest.
Randy Shaw: Passage of Costa-Hawkins did not cause California’s housing crisis but it unquestionably made it worse. Prop 10 restores cities’ power to utilize a valuable tool for increasing affordability.
Randy Shaw: Had Villaraigosa succeeded after becoming Los Angeles’s first Latino mayor of the modern era in 2005, he would have easily won this governor’s race. But his mayoralty ran aground over issues both personal and political.
Randy Shaw: The big scam that has been played for over 35 years is the shift of a federal housing responsibility to cities. Cities that never had the resources to replace federal housing programs, and never will.