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Rent too high? Blame zoning.

by Amy Scott Jul 10, 2019
Research finds hostility to apartments contributes to affordability crisis.
A pedestrian passes by 315 Hudson Street, where Google plans to lease office space, in the Hudson Square neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, December 17, 2018 in New York City.
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California drivers to pay highest gas tax in the country

by Ben Bradford Jun 28, 2019
The Golden State will surpass Pennsylvania for the dubious title of "highest gas taxes."
Gas prices over $4.00 a gallon are displayed on a pump at a gas station on May 24, 2019 in Mill Valley, California.
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California seniors are opting to live together as a way to cut housing costs

by Amita Sharma Jun 20, 2019
At the root of the trend is a need for companionship and, in an expensive state, financial support.
An elderly man pushes his walker beneath an almost full moon during early evening in Monterey Park, Los Angeles County,
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California seeks ways to solve student homelessness

by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Jun 12, 2019
Despite a deepening crisis, not everybody is on board short-term fixes involving parking lots.
Cameron Jones, 26, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan, prepares to sleep in a Safe Parking LA location near the Veteran's Affairs Los Angeles Healthcare Center in Los Angeles, California, February 11, 2019.
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The new downsizing solution for seniors? Look in the backyard

by Matt Levin May 29, 2019
The "accessory dwelling unit" is growing steadily in popularity, especially in expensive neighborhoods.
Paul Boehm stands outside the tiny home he's building in his Silicon Valley backyard. More and more seniors are turning to in-law units as a viable downsizing option as they age.
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As farmers age, they face the challenge of finding successors to take over

by Julia Mitric May 21, 2019
Farmers across America are getting older and weighing the fate of their farms.
Alan Haight, 62, prunes apple trees at Riverhill Farm in Nevada City.
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California's governor wants to pay residents a data dividend

by Molly Wood Feb 22, 2019
How much is your data worth, and should tech companies compensate you for it?
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High-speed rail plans in California suffer setback

by Ben Bradford Feb 15, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California does not have the $100 billion to fully build out the project.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California does not have the $100 billion to fully build out the project.
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Why are auto insurance premiums growing more slowly in California than elsewhere?

by , and Feb 12, 2019
Want to save money on your car insurance? Forget about lizards, ducks or talking boxes, according to a new study from the Consumer Federation of America, and push for better regulation. The consumer advocacy group says that’s the way rates have…
A new report by the Consumer Federation America suggests it's due to strict regulations.
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Rents in many California cities keep rising, could a cap on increases help?

by Amita Sharma Feb 11, 2019
Californians' rejection of a rent control measure in November 2018 has prompted some politicians in Sacramento to talk about getting an anti-rent gouging cap on the books.
A "For Rent" sign is seen on a building Hollywood, California, May 11, 2016.
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