New Affordable Housing Measures Could Boost Construction in California

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An excavator sits in front of a home under construction at a new housing development on March 17, 2015, in Larkspur, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The California legislature last week passed a package of housing bills aimed at reducing building costs, easing permitting and increasing spending for affordable housing in the state. With an estimated 1.5 million families in need of affordable housing, the state is under increasing pressure to streamline the approval process for new construction. In this hour, we'll discuss what's been proposed, including a plan by Assemblymember David Chiu to allow cities to establish "special districts" where developments could be fast tracked.

David Chiu, assemblymember District 17, California State Assembly; chairman of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee
Guy Marzorati, reporter, KQED's California Politics and Government Desk
Jason Rhine, legislative representative, League of California Cities
Laura Foote Clark, executive director with YIMBY action