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Op-Ed: Sacramento Drags Feet on Housing

Dan Walters has some harsh words for California state leaders. He says their approach to the housing shortage has been "tepid" and "lackadaisical."
May 10, 2017, 9am PDT | Philip Rojc | @PhilipRojc
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According to Dan Walters, California's housing crisis is Sacramento's elephant in the room. State politicians, he says, "take a lackadaisical attitude on a crisis that's infinitely more serious than rough roads and congestion – an ever-worsening shortage of housing."

Decades in the making, the housing shortage has been the topic of heated debate here and elsewhere. Walters writes, "The virtually unanimous conclusion of housing experts is that the reluctance of local governments, particularly cities, to approve new housing projects due to backlash from self-proclaimed environmentalists and not-in-my-backyard activists is a major factor."

"Democrats who dominate the Capitol, from Gov. Jerry Brown down, have proposed – but not enacted – only tepid, marginal approaches that would do little to close the gap." Perhaps, Walters suggests, California leaders simply want credit for trying. 
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Published on Monday, May 1, 2017 in The Sacramento Bee
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