An Answer for the GOP: Jack Kemp’s Philosophy

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

About now, the California Republican Party – surely licking the deep wounds it suffered during the mid-term election of 2018 – must be asking itself “What now?” Here’s an answer: How about an injection of some Jack Kemp? Kemp, now deceased, was an 18-term Member of Congress and Bush (41) cabinet secretary – and an […]

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How Not to Subsidize New Housing in California

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

It is heartwarming to hear that in Richmond, with its super-high housing costs, a teacher is starting the academic year as a first-time homebuyer – affordably living in the town where she teaches public high school. Less gratifying is that this teacher and her fiancé bought their home at the expense of, say, a cop […]

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Tackling Homelessness, Seattle Style

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

As has been reported in this space many times, the vexing problem of homelessness is a national disgrace but, so say the experts, it’s also a pretty tough problem to solve. Despite a recent survey by the Zillow Group implying there is a direct correlation between homelessness and the lack of affordable housing, most knowing […]

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Laws Skewed to Favor Tenants over Landlords

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

In California, it’s legal to be a squatter. That is, the law allows individuals to occupy a rental house or apartment without a lease or filling out a rental application or going through any sort of renter-qualification process. They can just pick a vacant residence, live there and be virtually shielded from eviction. That’s precisely […]

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Housing Crunch is Discriminatory

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

A NIMBY group may be satisfied with stopping a housing project in their neighborhood but I wonder if they realize that their efforts are discriminatory – creating displacement and relegating people of color to areas of greater poverty. According to a recently released study, that’s exactly what those efforts produce. The study, conducted by the […]

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Gubernatorial Candidates Clash Over Housing

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

California households know it too well.  State lawmakers – at least when asked – say it is.  Academicians and pundits write about it all the time.  Now, both Republican John Cox and Democrat Gavin Newsom – finalists in the race for the state’s top job, which voters will decide in November – agreed in a […]

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When Will the Madness End?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

NOTE: Recently in this space, I wrote about the welcome news that the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper editorialized in favor of a North County housing development. Although the project was later approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors (“the Board”), a lawsuit using the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was subsequently filed. The […]

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An Important Local Vote for New Housing

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Time was when you could almost always count on a daily metropolitan newspaper in California siding with environmentalists and other opponents of a proposed new development because of purported impacts it would have on the community or just because the local government wasn’t in favor of it. But, now in the face of a bona […]

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Voices Opposing Proposition 10 Getting Loud

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

A chorus of opponents of Proposition 10, the statewide rent-control initiative on this year’s November ballot, is growing louder and eminently more boisterous.  It isn’t your traditional business groups, either. As you might guess, the Cal Chamber, REALTORS®, builders and apartment owners were early joiners to the long list of opposing groups and, thus far, […]

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Where Your Money Goes

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Ever wonder where your tax dollars go every year?  Certainly, you know that federal, state and local governments hire a lot of people – and you pay for that.  And, they’re working for you, in case you didn’t know.  Remember that the next time you visit the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  You will […]

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