[Intel Report] Is Anybody Home at HUD?

architecture-166534_640Half the state’s households struggle to afford the roof over their heads. Nearly 70 percent of poor Californians see the majority of their paychecks go immediately to escalating rents.

Alec MacGillis, New York Magazine: Is Anybody Home at HUD?

The story of the Trump administration has been dominated by the Russia investigations, the Obamacare-repeal morass, and cataclysmic internecine warfare. But there is a whole other side to Trump’s takeover of Washington: What happens to the government itself, and all it is tasked with doing, when it is placed under the command of the Chaos President? HUD has emerged as the perfect distillation of the right’s antipathy to governing. If the great radical-conservative dream was, in Grover Norquist’s famous words, to “drown government in a bathtub,” then this was what the final gasps of one department might look like. CONTINUE READING

Chronicle Editorial Board, San Francisco Chronicle: The human cost of housing scarcity

Worried about her family, she started going to city council meetings. “And I just heard people complaining about traffic, about height limits, about trying to turn Palo Alto into Manhattan. I’m not asking for the moon here. I don’t think Palo Alto will become unrecognizable with a change in zoning laws and more homes. I think that will make it possible for Palo Alto to keep the people who hold a community together.” CONTINUE READING