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Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast

Matt Levin and Liam Dillon

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Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast

Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast

Matt Levin and Liam Dillon

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Why is it so expensive to live in California? And what can the state do about it? Every other 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. Listen to this podcast and we promise your rent will drop in half instantly. You can also subscribe to us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and anywhere else you get your pods. Gimme Shelter is supported by The James Irvine Foundation, committed to a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.

Latest Episodes

COVID-19 and the housing crisis

As the novel coronavirus pandemic forces millions of Californians to adjust to a new reality, the state’s “housing crisis” already means something different than it did just two weeks ago. On this episode, Matt and Liam discuss how the state's housing woes are complicating California's response to the virus, from homelessness to evictions. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight takes us to the front lines of the tenant revolution: casual dining restaurant chains (6:00). Then a discussion of how Gov. Newsom is trying to house the more than 108,000 Californians without shelter in the middle of a pandemic (9:00). Then a breakdown of what state and local governments are and aren't doing to prevent renters from being evicted (23:00). Finally, some big picture takes on what happens to the housing debate if we enter a prolonged recession (33:00). NOTE: This podcast was recorded Thursday, March 26, one day before Gov. Newsom issued a new executive order on evictions. While the administration has characterized the executive order as an "eviction moratorium", many tenant groups and Democratic lawmakers have criticized it for not doing enough to protect renters. More information on the new executive order: https://www.kqed.org/news/11809328/newsoms-eviction-moratorium-useless-misleading-tenants-groups-say

40 MIN1 w ago
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COVID-19 and the housing crisis

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on housing and homelessness

From a live podcast at the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, an interview with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on California's housing and homelessness woes. Full Event: https://priceschool.usc.edu/unhoused-addressing-homelessness-in-california/homelessness-live-webstream/ Produced by Jakob Lazzaro

31 MINFEB 29
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on housing and homelessness

The presidential candidates' housing plans, with Jenny Schuetz

Which presidential candidate's housing plan will do the most for you, dear California voter? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam breakdown the housing proposals of the major remaining presidential candidates and discuss how eerily the policies resemble many California proposals. First an Avocado of the Fortnight compares Detroit and San Francisco real estate (2;10). Then a breakdown of the Trump administration's approach to housing (5:10). Liam and Matt then present the "Gimmie" awards to various Democratic presidential candidates' housing plans (11:00). Finally, an interview with Jenny Schuetz, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute on the role of federal policy in California's housing crisis (23:30). Special thanks to our producer/intern, Jakob Lazzaro

46 MINFEB 18
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The presidential candidates' housing plans, with Jenny Schuetz

Emergency pod: SB 50 dies again. What happens now?

California's most controversial housing bill is dead...for the third consecutive year. On this emergency episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss what it was like to watch SB 50 die in real time, the reasons behind its death, and what happens next... Producer: Jakob Lazarro Music for "Jakob asks a normal person question" from filmmusic.io "Envision" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Sponsorship of this podcast provided by The James Irvine Foundation

24 MINFEB 4
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Emergency pod: SB 50 dies again. What happens now?

Moms 4 Housing, with Dominique Walker, Aaron Glantz and Carroll Fife

A group of homeless and housing insecure mothers made national headlines after occupying a vacant home in West Oakland. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss why the protest was so successful and interview one of the "moms" in Moms 4 Housing. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight asks whether unvaccinated Californians should count as a terrorist threat (3:00). Then a brand new segment from intern producer Jakob sparks a breakdown on what Moms 4 Housing wanted and how realistic their goals are (6:30). Finally, interviews with Aaron Glantz, author of the book "Homewreckers" who has reported extensively on investment firms buying California homes (22:00); and Moms 4 Housing's Dominique Walker (37:00) and the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment's Carroll Fife (37:00). Aaron Glantz's book "Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream": https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062869531/homewreckers/ Credits: Jakob Lazzarro is our producer. Music for "Jakob asks a normal person question" from https://filmmusic.io "Envision" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Sponsorship of this podcast provided by The James Irvine Foundation.

62 MINJAN 28
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Moms 4 Housing, with Dominique Walker, Aaron Glantz and Carroll Fife

The SB 50 local control remix, with Sen. Scott Wiener

California's most controversial housing bill is back again...again. For three years Sen. Scott Wiener has tried to force cities to allow apartment buildings around transit. He's hoping new amendments that grant local governments much more flexibility in approving what types of housing go where will finally get his legislation to the Governor. But do the amendments make the bill more complex and less effective? And are they politically savvy enough to pass? Matt and Liam discuss the third incarnation of SB 50. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight asks where the social responsibility of strip clubs should end (3:30). Then a walk-thru of the past, present and future of SB 50 (5:00). Finally, an interview with Sen. Scott Wiener (25:00).

55 MINJAN 10
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The SB 50 local control remix, with Sen. Scott Wiener

Housing storylines to watch in 2020, with former state housing head Ben Metcalf

As 2019 winds down, Matt and Liam discuss what major housing storylines you should expect next year. First, the second annual Avocado of the Year is awarded to the most absurd California housing story of 2019 (2:00). Then, counting down the four issues that will define California's housing crisis next year, from a possible Trump crackdown on homelessness to what a "signature housing production bill" actually looks like (7:00). Finally, an interview with Ben Metcalf, former head of the state Department of Housing and Community Development, about the successes and mistakes of his tenure (32:00).

61 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Housing storylines to watch in 2020, with former state housing head Ben Metcalf

Solving homelessness, with Darrell Steinberg and Mark Ridley-Thomas

Matt and Liam interview the co-chairs of Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide task force on homelessness, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. This episode was taped live on November 5 at a "Homelessness and Housing Town Hall" hosted by the Milken Institute in Santa Monica. The town hall was co-produced by CalMatters, the Los Angeles Times, and the Milken Institute. Special thanks to JPMorgan Chase & Co., Edison International and SoCalGas for sponsoring the event.

64 MIN2019 NOV 27
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Solving homelessness, with Darrell Steinberg and Mark Ridley-Thomas

Is California as we know it over? With the New York Times' Farhad Manjoo

Fires, blackouts, and soaring housing costs--has California officially reached a tipping point? Or are we simply recycling the same old tired doomsday tropes every time the state faces a collective challenge? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam chat with New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo about why the state's twin climate change and housing affordability problems make him pessimistic about the future. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight poses a $10,000 question: How much would it take for you to leave the Bay? (4:30) Then a discussion of where Southern California decided to put 1.3 million new units of state-mandated housing, and why the decision was so surprising to Liam (7:30). Finally, a conversation about whether we should rebuild in high fire risk areas, followed by an interview with NYT op-ed columnist and fan of the pod Farhad Manjoo (33:00). Farhad's Column: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/30/opinion/sunday/california-fires.html

58 MIN2019 NOV 16
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Is California as we know it over? With the New York Times' Farhad Manjoo

The melee at the Marriott: Sen. Wiener and Beverly Hills Mayor Mirisch debate housing

A very special episode: Matt and Liam moderate a conversation on housing policy between state Sen. Scott Wiener, Democrat from San Francisco, and Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch. Wiener is trying to force California cities to allow denser housing. Mirisch has been a fierce defender of local control and single-family-only zoning. Tune in for the avocado jokes, stay for the civil discourse on zoning reform!!! This debate was recorded live at the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing's annual conference in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, October 25th. Registration for our CalMatters-L.A. Times town hall on homelessness and housing in Santa Monica, Tuesday Nov. 5th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-homelessness-housing-town-hall-registration-76393489985#m_1_100

52 MIN2019 OCT 31
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The melee at the Marriott: Sen. Wiener and Beverly Hills Mayor Mirisch debate housing

Latest Episodes

COVID-19 and the housing crisis

As the novel coronavirus pandemic forces millions of Californians to adjust to a new reality, the state’s “housing crisis” already means something different than it did just two weeks ago. On this episode, Matt and Liam discuss how the state's housing woes are complicating California's response to the virus, from homelessness to evictions. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight takes us to the front lines of the tenant revolution: casual dining restaurant chains (6:00). Then a discussion of how Gov. Newsom is trying to house the more than 108,000 Californians without shelter in the middle of a pandemic (9:00). Then a breakdown of what state and local governments are and aren't doing to prevent renters from being evicted (23:00). Finally, some big picture takes on what happens to the housing debate if we enter a prolonged recession (33:00). NOTE: This podcast was recorded Thursday, March 26, one day before Gov. Newsom issued a new executive order on evictions. While the administration has characterized the executive order as an "eviction moratorium", many tenant groups and Democratic lawmakers have criticized it for not doing enough to protect renters. More information on the new executive order: https://www.kqed.org/news/11809328/newsoms-eviction-moratorium-useless-misleading-tenants-groups-say

40 MIN1 w ago
Comments
COVID-19 and the housing crisis

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on housing and homelessness

From a live podcast at the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, an interview with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on California's housing and homelessness woes. Full Event: https://priceschool.usc.edu/unhoused-addressing-homelessness-in-california/homelessness-live-webstream/ Produced by Jakob Lazzaro

31 MINFEB 29
Comments
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on housing and homelessness

The presidential candidates' housing plans, with Jenny Schuetz

Which presidential candidate's housing plan will do the most for you, dear California voter? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam breakdown the housing proposals of the major remaining presidential candidates and discuss how eerily the policies resemble many California proposals. First an Avocado of the Fortnight compares Detroit and San Francisco real estate (2;10). Then a breakdown of the Trump administration's approach to housing (5:10). Liam and Matt then present the "Gimmie" awards to various Democratic presidential candidates' housing plans (11:00). Finally, an interview with Jenny Schuetz, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute on the role of federal policy in California's housing crisis (23:30). Special thanks to our producer/intern, Jakob Lazzaro

46 MINFEB 18
Comments
The presidential candidates' housing plans, with Jenny Schuetz

Emergency pod: SB 50 dies again. What happens now?

California's most controversial housing bill is dead...for the third consecutive year. On this emergency episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss what it was like to watch SB 50 die in real time, the reasons behind its death, and what happens next... Producer: Jakob Lazarro Music for "Jakob asks a normal person question" from filmmusic.io "Envision" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Sponsorship of this podcast provided by The James Irvine Foundation

24 MINFEB 4
Comments
Emergency pod: SB 50 dies again. What happens now?

Moms 4 Housing, with Dominique Walker, Aaron Glantz and Carroll Fife

A group of homeless and housing insecure mothers made national headlines after occupying a vacant home in West Oakland. On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam discuss why the protest was so successful and interview one of the "moms" in Moms 4 Housing. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight asks whether unvaccinated Californians should count as a terrorist threat (3:00). Then a brand new segment from intern producer Jakob sparks a breakdown on what Moms 4 Housing wanted and how realistic their goals are (6:30). Finally, interviews with Aaron Glantz, author of the book "Homewreckers" who has reported extensively on investment firms buying California homes (22:00); and Moms 4 Housing's Dominique Walker (37:00) and the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment's Carroll Fife (37:00). Aaron Glantz's book "Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream": https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062869531/homewreckers/ Credits: Jakob Lazzarro is our producer. Music for "Jakob asks a normal person question" from https://filmmusic.io "Envision" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Sponsorship of this podcast provided by The James Irvine Foundation.

62 MINJAN 28
Comments
Moms 4 Housing, with Dominique Walker, Aaron Glantz and Carroll Fife

The SB 50 local control remix, with Sen. Scott Wiener

California's most controversial housing bill is back again...again. For three years Sen. Scott Wiener has tried to force cities to allow apartment buildings around transit. He's hoping new amendments that grant local governments much more flexibility in approving what types of housing go where will finally get his legislation to the Governor. But do the amendments make the bill more complex and less effective? And are they politically savvy enough to pass? Matt and Liam discuss the third incarnation of SB 50. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight asks where the social responsibility of strip clubs should end (3:30). Then a walk-thru of the past, present and future of SB 50 (5:00). Finally, an interview with Sen. Scott Wiener (25:00).

55 MINJAN 10
Comments
The SB 50 local control remix, with Sen. Scott Wiener

Housing storylines to watch in 2020, with former state housing head Ben Metcalf

As 2019 winds down, Matt and Liam discuss what major housing storylines you should expect next year. First, the second annual Avocado of the Year is awarded to the most absurd California housing story of 2019 (2:00). Then, counting down the four issues that will define California's housing crisis next year, from a possible Trump crackdown on homelessness to what a "signature housing production bill" actually looks like (7:00). Finally, an interview with Ben Metcalf, former head of the state Department of Housing and Community Development, about the successes and mistakes of his tenure (32:00).

61 MIN2019 DEC 17
Comments
Housing storylines to watch in 2020, with former state housing head Ben Metcalf

Solving homelessness, with Darrell Steinberg and Mark Ridley-Thomas

Matt and Liam interview the co-chairs of Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide task force on homelessness, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. This episode was taped live on November 5 at a "Homelessness and Housing Town Hall" hosted by the Milken Institute in Santa Monica. The town hall was co-produced by CalMatters, the Los Angeles Times, and the Milken Institute. Special thanks to JPMorgan Chase & Co., Edison International and SoCalGas for sponsoring the event.

64 MIN2019 NOV 27
Comments
Solving homelessness, with Darrell Steinberg and Mark Ridley-Thomas

Is California as we know it over? With the New York Times' Farhad Manjoo

Fires, blackouts, and soaring housing costs--has California officially reached a tipping point? Or are we simply recycling the same old tired doomsday tropes every time the state faces a collective challenge? On this episode of Gimme Shelter, Matt and Liam chat with New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo about why the state's twin climate change and housing affordability problems make him pessimistic about the future. First, an Avocado of the Fortnight poses a $10,000 question: How much would it take for you to leave the Bay? (4:30) Then a discussion of where Southern California decided to put 1.3 million new units of state-mandated housing, and why the decision was so surprising to Liam (7:30). Finally, a conversation about whether we should rebuild in high fire risk areas, followed by an interview with NYT op-ed columnist and fan of the pod Farhad Manjoo (33:00). Farhad's Column: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/30/opinion/sunday/california-fires.html

58 MIN2019 NOV 16
Comments
Is California as we know it over? With the New York Times' Farhad Manjoo

The melee at the Marriott: Sen. Wiener and Beverly Hills Mayor Mirisch debate housing

A very special episode: Matt and Liam moderate a conversation on housing policy between state Sen. Scott Wiener, Democrat from San Francisco, and Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch. Wiener is trying to force California cities to allow denser housing. Mirisch has been a fierce defender of local control and single-family-only zoning. Tune in for the avocado jokes, stay for the civil discourse on zoning reform!!! This debate was recorded live at the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing's annual conference in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, October 25th. Registration for our CalMatters-L.A. Times town hall on homelessness and housing in Santa Monica, Tuesday Nov. 5th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-homelessness-housing-town-hall-registration-76393489985#m_1_100

52 MIN2019 OCT 31
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The melee at the Marriott: Sen. Wiener and Beverly Hills Mayor Mirisch debate housing
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