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California's Housing Crisis: Is there a Legislative Solution?

October 5th, 2017

We’ve all heard the dark statistics about California housing. The median price of a home here is over $500,000, twice the national average. The cost of rentals is up 4+% in just one year. The state lacks 1.5 million units to house its current population. Homelessness is on the rise and affordable housing is so scarce that 56% of Californians have considered moving.

Is this a problem that can be solved by the California Legislature?

Join us as Liam Dillon, a state Capitol reporter for the Los Angeles Times, discusses the recent legislative session and how the state’s housing crisis was addressed in 130+ housing bills. Dillon has written extensively about the housing issue and its impact upon the state’s economy. His analysis is certain to provide insight on how housing crisis solutions will be framed in the near future.


Liam Dillon covers California state politics and policy for the Los Angeles Times and is based in Sacramento. He specializes in writing about the state’s housing affordability crisis, and regularly appears on panels, radio and television across California to discuss the issue. Prior to joining The Times in 2016, Dillon covered local politics in San Diego at the Voice of San Diego, a nonprofit news outlet, and in Southwest Florida at the Naples Daily News. Dillon is a 2005 graduate of Georgetown University and grew up outside Philadelphia.