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‘Gimme Shelter’: California’s wildest housing story of 2022

This yr was filled with loopy California housing tales.

Town of Fresno put up banners celebrating a declare that it had the “hottest actual property market within the U.S.” — a line from a Occasions article about how longtime residents may not afford to dwell there. A enterprise capital titan promoted mass residence constructing to unravel the nation’s issues, however opposed the development of flats in his hometown. And a state court docket discovered that UC Berkeley college students primarily had been air pollution, blocking the college from increasing its enrollment till the Legislature stepped in to reverse the choice.

On this episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Disaster Podcast,” we unveil the craziest housing story of all of them from 2022 — our “Avocado of the Yr.” The award goes to the rich Silicon Valley neighborhood of Woodside. In January, the city declared itself a habitat for doubtlessly endangered mountain lions to evade a brand new state regulation that enables duplexes on land beforehand put aside just for single-family houses. Our visitor is Angela Swartz, a reporter on the Almanac newspaper who broke the mountain lion story and continuously writes about housing excessive jinks in tech enclaves.

Gimme Shelter,” a biweekly podcast that appears at why it’s so costly to dwell in California and what the state can do about it, options Liam Dillon, who covers housing affordability points for the Los Angeles Occasions, and Manuela Tobías, housing reporter for CalMatters.

You’ll be able to subscribe to “Gimme Shelter” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud and Google Podcasts.

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