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Ghost Towns and Rust Belts

Ghost Towns and Rust Belts

  By Richard Colman When people and jobs leave a region, the result is a ghost town, a rust-belt area, or both.  Examples of cities where people have left are Detroit, Akron, and Pittsburgh. And here may be a surprise: California has ghost towns. There is Belleville in San Bernardino County, Branson City in San […]

Homeless Shelters and Services in Ventura

Homeless Shelters and Services in Ventura

By Lori Denman-Underhill To assist the homeless community, here is a list of shelters and other facilities that offer assistance. The websites and documents list additional assistance. Persons who need shelter are urged to call or visit the shelter to inquire of space. Important Phone Numbers Child/Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline: (805) 654-3200 Call 211 […]

A Divisive Housing Bill Is Defeated in Sacramento

A Divisive Housing Bill Is Defeated in Sacramento

By ADAM NAGOURNEY and JENNIFER MEDINA APRIL 18, 2018 A housing proposal that is dividing neighborhoods and political leaders — state legislation that would override local zoning laws to build dense housing projects near transit lines — has become a top issue in the race for governor. The bill, sponsored by Senator Scott Wiener, was defeated Tuesday by […]

A Resource Guide For Those Affected By The Thomas Fire (In English and Spanish)

The Ventura County Human Services Agency has accumulated a list of resources for those affected by the #ThomasFire. Not sure where to start? Information on Housing & Shelter, Food, Medicine, Benefits & Cash Aid, Internet Access & General Resources make up this resource guide. To access a copy of the resource guide in ENGLISH, click here. La Agencia […]

Gavin Newsom announces new plan calling for housing boom

Gavin Newsom announces new plan calling for housing boom

by Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – If the past is any guide, California’s Legislature will declare its recently passed housing-affordability package a success and move on to the many other priorities that dominate Capitol discussions once lawmakers return in January. But the housing package – a spate of measures that increase funding for subsidized housing programs and reduce regulations for building […]

Northern California fires may hammer tourism, add to housing crisis

Northern California fires may hammer tourism, add to housing crisis

by Chris Reed The deadly and massively destructive wildfires now in their second week of ravaging Northern California’s wine country are likely to have lengthy negative effects on the region’s economy. But it could also exacerbate perhaps its most pressing social problem – housing costs so high they leave even some middle-class families living paycheck to paycheck. […]

Ventura County Forecast | Topics Include Possible Recession and Housing Solutions

Ventura County Forecast | Topics Include Possible Recession and Housing Solutions

CERF will share its once-a-year Ventura County forecast during a seminar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Serra Center. Executive Director Matthew Fienup will present the county’s forecast. Just-released gross domestic product data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that Ventura County’s economy contracted by almost 3 percent last year. The […]

Statement of California State Treasurer John Chiang on Governor Brown’s Signing Into Law Legislation to Put More Roofs Over the Heads of Californians

Statement of California State Treasurer John Chiang on Governor Brown’s Signing Into Law Legislation to Put More Roofs Over the Heads of Californians

SACRAMENTO –  California State Treasurer John Chiang today lauded state lawmakers and Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. for taking decisive steps to address the state’s long festering, 1.5 million-unit affordable housing deficit. “California’s housing shortage has rapidly multiplied, moving from a problem to a crisis to, now, a full-scale catastrophe,” said Chiang. “But with the governor’s […]

California State Treasurer John Chiang Statement on Approval of Housing Package

California State Treasurer John Chiang Statement on Approval of Housing Package

SACRAMENTO –  “California’s housing shortage has metastasized from a problem to a crisis to, now, a full-scale catastrophe. But with today’s approval of a $4 billion housing bond, a permanent source of funding, and regulatory reform to ease construction, we are making a meaningful down payment on providing a roof and four walls to every […]

Searching for Solutions to SoCal’s Housing Crisis, YIMBYs Say ‘Yes’ to Development

Searching for Solutions to SoCal’s Housing Crisis, YIMBYs Say ‘Yes’ to Development

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views In the 1990’s and early part of this century, the NIMBY’s ran housing policy—now we have a shortage of housing, a shortage of affordable housing and governments in California are looking at massive projects, high density—and creating total gridlock.  The pendulum has swung and now the […]

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