Federal eviction moratorium extended two days before expiration
NPR – March 29
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending an order aimed at preventing evictions through June. The moratorium was set to expire at the end of March. Meanwhile, renters in many states are now able to apply for upwards of $50 billion in federal rental assistance funds.
California housing advocates call for higher corporate taxes to address housing shortage
The Mercury News – March 25
A powerful group of nonprofits and housing advocates called for statewide reforms and higher corporate taxes to attack California’s homelessness crisis and affordable housing shortage. The 10-year, Roadmap Home 2030 proposal, backed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and charitable arms of the James Irvine and Conrad N. Hilton families, aims to end homelessness and create 1.2 million affordable homes in California.
L.A. City Council members look to open up adaptive reuse to supportive housing
Urbanize Los Angeles – March 26
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles City Council voted to instruct city staff to draft an ordinance which would expand the adaptive reuse ordinance citywide, on the condition that any new housing created is restricted to moderate-income households. Now that policy could be revised once again in an effort to provide shelter to the region's unhoused residents.
Bluff collapse warning system proposed for San Diego County coastline
The San Diego Union-Tribune – March 28
A bill recently passed by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee would allocate $2.5 million for research that could help create an early warning system for California’s coastal bluff collapses. AB 66 by Assembly member Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas, would give Scripps Institution of Oceanography the job of researching when and why bluffs fail, so potentially catastrophic failures of the seaside cliffs can be predicted.
Bullet train contractor warns of further two-year delay as state struggles to secure land
Los Angeles Times – March 29
A major construction team on the California bullet train project notified the state rail authority this month that it will not complete a 65-mile section of the future route in Kings County until at least April 14, 2025. The additional delay could again boost costs and jeopardize the state’s funding plan to complete a partial operating system between Bakersfield and Merced by 2030.