Mercury News: Opinion: To end housing crisis, California needs to make it easier to build

Mercury News: Opinion: To end housing crisis, California needs to make it easier to build
July 15, 2017 Peter

Dennis Williams, 62 and a mechanic by trade, lives in an RV with his wife, but he longs for a house of his own. Williams wants Palo Alto and other Bay Area cities to do more to help people find affordable housing. The least the city could do is set aside lots for RVs to park safely overnight, Williams said. (Kyle Adler / Daily News)After many years of fits and starts, the California State Legislature is expected to take action as early as today on a package of bills to address the State’s burgeoning housing crisis.  The time for action couldn’t be more critical.  Failure should not be an option. For years, housing production in California has fallen short of the need.  According to the State’s own housing department, California built an average of 80,000 homes each year over the past decade— less than half of the 180,000 new homes needed annually to respond to population growth.

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