California housing crisis podcast: Newsom’s big affordable-housing budget

Gov. Gavin Newsom walks to the stage to present his first state budget during a Jan. 10 news conference in Sacramento.
(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Gov. Gavin Newsom attempted to make a dent in California’s housing-affordability problems in his first budget proposal last week.

Newsom put forward $2.3 billion in new low- and moderate-income housing and homelessness spending. And he also promised to — for the first time — to punish cities and counties that don’t approve enough new homes by taking away their transportation dollars.

On this episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast,” we examine the new governor’s plans and what they might mean for housing affordability and how housing politics are changing under a new administration.

Gimme Shelter,” a biweekly podcast that looks at why it’s so expensive to live in California and what the state can do about it, features Liam Dillon, who covers housing affordability issues for the Los Angeles Times’ Sacramento bureau, and Matt Levin, data and housing reporter for CALmatters.


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