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Is CEQA protecting natural beauty — or blocking affordable housing?

Ben Bradford/Capital Public Radio
| Habitat for Humanity wants to build affordable housing in Redwood City, but a nearby resident is using the California Environmental Quality Act to stop the apartments.

High home prices and congestion shrink the California dream

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In the 1950s the planned suburb of Lakewood afforded the good life to everyday Californians. But for residents today, smaller promises come at a much higher cost.

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A Dimming Dream of Retirement in California

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Escalating rent and healthcare costs are forcing many of California’s elderly, especially women, onto a path of downward mobility.

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Exploring The Promise — And Unintended Consequences — of Rent Control

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Toy cars are scattered across the floor in Marie Camacho’s small one-bedroom apartment in Sacramento. Photos of her 4-year-old boy, Julian, line the walls.

The real barrier to a college degree for low-income Californians: housing costs

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Rising tuition is compounded by the lack of affordable housing in the state and the high cost of living.

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Is California’s expensive housing scaring away job seekers?

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California employers and job recruiters find it tough to lure out-of-state workers at a time when unemployment rates are falling and housing prices are rising.

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California’s high rent leaves many one crisis away from financial ruin

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The state’s notoriously high housing costs are gobbling up paychecks, leaving many teetering on the brink of financial disaster.

Making San Francisco’s gritty Tenderloin safer for kids

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The Tenderloin is notorious for its open drug use, but it is also one of the only affordable neighborhoods in one of the most expensive cities in the nation.