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Marin County News

 
Marin Voice: For too many, it's hard making ends meet in Marin

Marin Independent Journal

In most other counties, they would be in great financial shape. In Marin County, however, their combined household income of $110,000 is not big money. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a family of four earning $105,350 qualifies as low-income in Marin.


Marin County considers mandatory rent-increase mediation

North Bay Business Journal

The county has also implemented a Landlord Partnership Program, worked to acquire and preserve affordable housing units, and made amendments to the development code regarding accessory dwelling units. Despite efforts to create affordable-housing opportunities, the Marin rental vacancy rate is ...


Letter writer: San Geronimo purchase has popular backing

Marin Independent Journal

For the first time in county history, every single local environmental organization — plus the Marin County Bicycle Coalition — each representing ... such as Santa Rosa experienced where almost all the homes surrounding the Fountaingrove course — as well as the clubhouse itself — burned to ashes.

Regional News


Sonoma County fires deliver economic blow to house cleaners and other service workers

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

With so many homes lost in northern Santa Rosa, some business owners say they could be forced to shift their work to southern Sonoma County or Marin County. ”We're having to market into Novato,” Garcia said. “We're in the process of getting a license in Marin County to try to service clients that had to ...


San Francisco ballot measure on affordable housing would test voters

San Francisco Chronicle

Peter Cohen, who heads the Council of Community Housing Organizations, said he's not sure what Clark's ballot measure would accomplish, since a state law approved last year already streamlines the process for affordable housing development in cities that aren't meeting their state-set goals for ...

California-wide News


The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

New York Times

“The housing crisis was caused by the unwillingness of local governments to approve new-home building, and now they're being held accountable,” said Brian Hanlon, executive director of California YIMBY, a housing lobbying group that is backed by the tech industry and helped plan the lawsuit.

 

Could California be seeing onset of recession?

Sacramento Bee

We would also see a new debate over whether California's high taxes, high labor and housing costs and high levels of regulation have, as critics allege, made the state less attractive to job-creating investment and more vulnerable to recession. Will it happen? Yes. A recession is inevitable as Brown ...


They're leaving California for Las Vegas to find the middle-class life that eluded them

Los Angeles Times

“If housing costs continue to rise, we should expect to see more people leaving high-cost areas,” said Jed Kolko, an economist with UC Berkeley's Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Las Vegas is one of the most popular destinations for those who leave California. It's close, it's a job center, and the ...


For tenants on the edge, paying the rent often takes more than half their income

Los Angeles Times

California's high housing costs have pushed many tenants to the edge of affordability. Even if they have steady work, the cost of putting a roof over their heads demands a staggering share of income. The problem has been building for decades, a result of rising rents and stagnant income for many lower- ...


California Today: Neighborhoods That Grow Up, Not Out

New York Times

The story raises a big, difficult question that sits at the heart of California's efforts to simultaneously combat poverty and climate change: Is it possible to build a dense city that is also affordable? California has a growing economy and the nation's most expensive housing market. Worried about escalating ...

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