Category Archives: Housing

Prop. 1 adds billions in debt but won’t make housing more affordable

By Marc Joffe | This fall, California voters are being asked to add another $16 billion to the mountain of state debt. The four bond measures on the November ballot are cleverly marketed and key into compelling priorities such as … Continue reading

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Taxpayers lose again with new solar panel mandate

By Jon Coupal | The California Energy Commission has announced new regulations to require rooftop solar panels on all new homes constructed in California beginning in 2020. This forced mandate represents an extraordinary regulatory overreach. However, don’t expect too much … Continue reading

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Non-elected California Energy Commission’s vote could add up to $30,000 to the cost of new houses

Despite soaring home prices, a California commission issues a new solar-panel rule that will drive up the cost of new houses by as much as $30,000. By Steven Greenhut| California officials have been obsessed this year about the ongoing housing … Continue reading

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California should make solar decisions with math, not a magic wand

By Susan Shelley | Only 15 percent to 20 percent of new single-family homes built in California have solar panels, according to the California Building Industry Association, because 80 percent to 85 percent of homebuyers choose not to buy them. … Continue reading

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Reviving redevelopment abuses won’t help homeless

By Chris Norby | Legislators should resist any attempts to bring back redevelopment agencies into California’s governmental mix, and remember why they were abolished seven years ago. When Governor Brown ended redevelopment in 2011, over $6 billion in annual property … Continue reading

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California can’t fix its housing problems

Once again, unions become the main obstacle to statewide reform. By Steven Greenhut | Even California’s liberal Democrats are starting to understand that the state’s housing crisis is fundamentally a supply-and-demand problem. Home prices have soared to astronomical levels, with … Continue reading

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