Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast

Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast

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Why is it so expensive to live in California? And…
Could Scott Wiener’s new bill to build more apartments actually pass? With Sen. Scott Wiener
Dec 14 • 74 min
The most controversial housing bill in recent California history is back. Does it have any chance of passing this time? Matt and Liam ask Sen. Scott Wiener, the man behind SB 50, about his re-imagined plan to build more apartment buildings around…
L.A., Houston mayors on housing and homelessness
Nov 29 • 71 min
Matt and Liam were travelling and sick the past two weeks, so no conventional episode of Gimme Shelter this fortnight. Instead we present a collection of interviews with big city mayors on housing and homelessness. First, a live panel featuring Los…
Election post-mortem (spectacular), with Politico’s Angela Hart
Nov 15 • 60 min
Matt and Liam break down all of the important housing-related results from last week’s election. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight asks whether Richard Dreyfus voted against state housing law (4:30). Then, a discussion of the dismal performance of Prop.…
Explaining rent control and everything else on your ballot, with Damien Goodmon and Steve Maviglio
Nov 1 • 76 min
The election is just days away! Matt and Liam walk through everything you need to know to make an informed choice on Tuesday. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight from San Diego prompts an existential debate on NIMBYism (4:00). Then, a discussion of housing…
Responsibly rebuilding wine country, with the mayor of Santa Rosa
Oct 19 • 55 min
Rebuilding the northern California city of Santa Rosa one year after a disastrous fire has been a traumatic, difficult and expensive endeavor. Some also view it as an opportunity to build more housing in an area that desperately needs it. First, an…
Gimme Shelter X L.A Podcast Crossover Spectacular
Oct 4 • 76 min
A first of its kind for Gimme Shelter: A crossover episode! Matt and Liam join comedy writer and all around smart guy Hayes Davenport, Curbed editor Alissa Walker, and housing guru Scott Frazier of L.A. Podcast to talk about the intersection of state and…
How’s that housing package working, with the mayor of Cupertino and the state housing head
Sep 20 • 74 min
Last year, state legislators passed a suite of laws billed as the biggest attempt to ease California’s housing crisis in a generation. Matt and Liam discuss how those new laws are playing out on the ground, and how we should judge whether they’re working…
The Gimme Shelter One Year Anniversary Spectacular
Sep 13 • 41 min
It’s been one year of Matt and Liam talking about California’s housing crisis. They reflect on the biggest stories of the past twelve months, and what they expect to be on the podcast in the year ahead. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight takes us to a…
The Lebowski property tax break, with a cameo from Jeff Bridges
Aug 23 • 48 min
What do the Big Lebowski, Proposition 13 and feudalism have to do with each other? A little-known ballot measure passed in the mid 1980’s that allows children to inherit the property taxes of their parents—and that is costing the state billions. Matt and…
Should you vote yes or no on Prop 5 (the portable Prop 13 one), with Steve White and Dorothy Johnson
Aug 9 • 56 min
Matt and Liam discuss Proposition 5, an initiative on the ballot this November that would allow older homeowners to carry their Prop 13 property tax benefits with them when they move. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight takes us to the Oakland Raiders’…
Should California emulate Seattle to solve housing? With the Seattle Times’ Mike Rosenberg
Jul 26 • 57 min
Should California look to the Northwest for answers to its housing woes? Liam and Matt explore whether Seattle, which builds at twice the rate as San Francisco and has seen falling rents in recent years, could provide a model for California cities. First,…
The Rent Control War, with Debra Carlton and Amy Schur
Jun 28 • 69 min
One housing issue will overshadow all others this election: Rent control. Matt and Liam discuss why renewed negotiations to remove a controversial rent control initiative from the ballot went nowhere, and what the campaigns will look like this fall.…
What the primary means for housing, bills alive and dead, and rent control
Jun 7 • 29 min
A grab bag of topics on this pod. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight asks what would Yeezus do about California’s housing crisis (2:00)? Then, a discussion about what the primary results mean for housing, up and down the ballot (4:00). Next a recap of…
Evictions and Tenants’ Rights, with Fernando Nadal
May 24 • 45 min
Matt and Liam discuss a handful of tenants’ rights bills with uncertain futures currently making their way through the state Legislature. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight asks what historians will make of a Los Angeles-area gas station decades from now…
Housing in the Governor’s Race, with Laurel Rosenhall and Phil Willon
May 10 • 53 min
Housing has become a major issue in California’s race for governor. With the June primary less than a month away, Matt and Liam dive into each of the candidate’s plans to solve our affordability crisis. First, the Avocado of the Fortnight takes Matt to an…
Emergency Podcast: The SB 827 Postmortem
Apr 19 • 44 min
The most controversial and highly publicized state housing bill in recent memory has died. In an emergency version of the pod, Matt and Liam walk you through the reasons SB 827 failed to get through its first committee hearing, and where legislation like…
The Mysterious Construction Labor Shortage, with a Developer and a Union Rep
Apr 5 • 58 min
Matt and Liam delve into one aspect of California’s housing crisis that doesn’t receive much attention: the shortage of construction labor to build the houses the state so desperately needs. An avocado of the fortnight (2:15) first takes us to Orange…
Gentrification and SB 827, with Cynthia Strathmann and Brian Hanlon
Mar 23 • 71 min
The hottest piece of housing legislation in the country is not being received well by many low-income communities of color. Matt and Liam explore the politics and policy of SB 827, this time from an equity angle. First, a “Number of the Fortnight” brought…
The new homelessness, from San Diego to the Bay (broadcast from the Housing California conference)
Mar 8 • 55 min
Matt and Liam set up a “meet the podcast guys” booth at the Housing California conference, the state’s largest annual gathering of affordable housing advocates. They award an Avocado of the Fortnight to two leading gubernatorial candidates for evading…
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, taxpayer-funded mermaids and affordable housing
Feb 22 • 58 min
State legislators are trying to revive redevelopment, the controversial “urban renewal” program that provided a major source of affordable housing funding before its elimination seven years ago. Matt and Liam explore how redevelopment worked and didn’t…
Enviros and Housing, a Complicated Love Affair—with Ethan Elkind
Feb 1 • 52 min
If California is going to meet its ambitious climate change goals, it will have to solve its housing crisis. In the wake of the California Sierra Club’s opposition to SB 827, Matt and Liam devote the hour to the intersection of environmental and housing…
Why Rent Control Died in the Capitol, with Asm. David Chiu
Jan 17 • 62 min
Expanded rent control won’t be coming to your city anytime soon—at least via the state legislature. Matt and Liam discuss why the repeal of Costa-Hawkins died at a dramatic Assembly hearing last week. First, Liam flags some other major housing bills you…
What housing stories to watch in 2018, with a real-life California homeowner
Dec 20, 2017 • 49 min
The Gimme Shelter year-end holiday spectacular. First, Matt and Liam submit their nominations for “Avocado of the Year”, that story which most distills the absurdity of CA housing in 2017(2:00). Then, a quick preview of the GOP tax plan and its possible…
How tax reform will hurt California housing, with affordable housing developer Mary Murtagh
Dec 6, 2017 • 55 min
Matt and Liam discuss the potentially massive consequences of federal tax reform on California’s housing woes. First, an avocado of the week poses the question of whether it’s easier to build a basketball arena or reform California environmental…
Is Rent Control Good or Bad, with AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein
Nov 22, 2017 • 55 min
A simple question, a complicated answer. Ahead of a possible 2018 ballot initiative that could dramatically expand rent control, Matt and Liam explain who benefits and who loses under economists’ least favorite housing policy. First, a legendary avocado…
A slow-growth “rager” in Redondo Beach, with state housing head Ben Metcalf
Nov 8, 2017 • 64 min
Matt and Liam award the Avocado of the Week to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (5:00). Then a discussion of the House GOP’s tax plan and how it would impact California, including Liam’s hot takes on the mortgage interest deduction (6:30) and Matt’s…
North Bay Housing after the Fires, with Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey
Oct 25, 2017 • 41 min
Gimme Shelter’s tour of California’s housing woes takes them to Sonoma County this week, where the devastating North Bay fires have thrown a harsh spotlight on the region’s housing shortage. First, Liam and Matt discuss an initiative possibly headed for…
Zocalo Public Forum: “Are Housing Prices Killing the California Dream?”, with Sen. Kevin de Leon
Oct 18, 2017 • 69 min
Liam and Matt will be back next week for your regularly scheduled programming. This week, we’re airing a Zocalo Public Square/AARP forum entitled “Are Housing Prices Killing the California Dream?” The panel features California Senate President pro Tem…
Tell Me When to Go (Away from the Bay Area), with Kim-Mai Cutler
Oct 11, 2017 • 39 min
Starting this week, Matt and Liam explore how state housing policy affects different regions of California. This episode is devoted to the Bay Area, the epicenter of the state’s housing woes. Featuring an avocado of the week where a city official tells…
9/28: A developer, an affordable housing advocate, and a lobbyist for cities walk into a studio…
Sep 28, 2017 • 66 min
What makes or breaks good housing policy? The wonky details. This week, Matt and Liam break down the ins and outs of all 15 bills in the state housing package: where the new affordable housing revenue will be spent (6:00), whether the so-called…
9/20: WE HAVE A PACKAGE!!! (Part I), with Asm. Brian Maienschein
Sep 20, 2017 • 50 min
We have a housing package! It’s such big news, we’re breaking it into two mega-pods: This week dedicated to the politics behind the package, and next week to its crucial policy details. Matt and Liam discuss the late-night drama at the Capitol (6:50),…
Emergency Podcast: Why No Housing Package Yet?
Sep 12, 2017 • 22 min
Three days and counting until the Legislature adjourns for the year. We thought we could see a housing package passed as early as July. Why the delay, and what’s happening now?
9/6/17: An opening in Prop 13, Margaret Atwood as NIMBY heel, and an interview with Carol Galante
Sep 6, 2017 • 35 min
Every week, Los Angeles Times housing reporter Liam Dillon and CALmatters’ data reporter Matt Levin chat about the latest developments in California housing policy and interview a key housing newsmaker. This week, Matt and Liam discuss the Margaret Atwood…
8/30: What’s in the state housing package, the interest group hornets nest, and Sen. Scott Wiener
Aug 30, 2017 • 40 min
The inaugural episode of Matt and Liam Fix the California Housing Crisis (working title). Every week, Los Angeles Times housing reporter Liam Dillon and CALmatters’ data reporter Matt Levin chat about the latest developments in California housing policy…