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A gray wolf made a brief appearance in Monterey County last week, and experts say spreading awareness about this protected wolf is essential in minimizing wolf-livestock conflicts. A new audio production called "Voices of the Earth" presents thoughts about the environment from across the ages. EcoSLO continues to advocate for the environment after 50 years on the Central Coast. We hear from Cal Poly president Jeffrey Armstrong about covid testing on campus, and visions for the future.

In this episode of Issues & Ideas, we learn about a year-long San Luis Obispo Tribune investigation into substandard housing in San Luis Obispo County. We also hear from Dawn Ortiz-Legg, chosen by California's governor to represent SLO County District 3 after the death of Adam Hill. Julie Rodewald talks about the local chapter of the League of Women Voters and how the recent national election broke all records in SLO County. Finally, we meet the newest lion at the Santa Barbara Zoo—a cub named Pauline—and hear how the zoo is dealing with all the operational changes of 2020. 

Issues & Ideas: Smart Share Housing Solutions

Sep 3, 2020

Affordable housing is hard to find on the Central Coast. Smart Share Housing Solutions helps by matching homeowners who have extra bedrooms with those looking for an affordable place to live. Consuelo Meux speaks with CEO Celeste Goyer on this edition of The Nonprofit Story.

More than 173,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the United States. We learn more about one of those who died of COVID-19 in July—Su Thao, a Hmong businessman and filmmaker who had a profound impact on thousands of others. Also on the program, Smart Share Housing Solutions helps people in San Luis Obispo County by matching homeowners who have extra bedrooms with those looking for an affordable place to live. Chuck Davison of Visit SLO CAL discusses the state of tourism on the Central Coast.

California faced a crisis in affordable housing even before COVID-19, so how has the pandemic affected the situation? During shelter at home orders, and the continued restrictions, many low-income tenants have faced job and income loss that have prevented them from paying rent, buying food and accessing health care.  Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with John Fowler, president and CEO with Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) and Morgen Benevedo, PSHH's director of multifamily housing, as they discuss how COVID-19 is affecting affordable housing, including issues such as increase in need, resident safety, a decrease in production and capitalization problems for the future. Plus, what role the government has, and strategies for increasing affordable housing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A new survey of Central Coast residents finds many are uncertain about their economic situation, and many of the respondents working in the region say they are worried they may not be able to afford to live here much longer.

The Hourglass Project, the group that commissioned the poll, says labor shortages could further strain the local economy.

In this episode of Issues & Ideas, we discuss affordability and housing issues on the Central Coast. Greta Mart speaks with journalist Kate Cimini of the Salinas Californian newspaper and CalMatters about her reporting on Salinas farmworking families. In another segment, we learn more about San Luis Obispo County’s YIMBY movement. YIMBY means 'Yes In My Backyard,' and the grassroots group advocates for creating more affordable housing stock in established city neighborhoods.

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The city of San Luis Obispo moved forward this week with support for a plan for 108 affordable housing units for low-income residents. The city council approved $2 million dollars Tuesday to help fund the construction of that housing.

Many might not know it, but among homeless veterans, women are the fastest growing group. A 2017  Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report showed the number of homeless female veterans increased by 7% from 2016 to 2017, compared to only a 1% increase for male veterans and estimated that more than 3,500 female veterans were homeless on a single night in January of that year. So why are so many women vets now homeless, or facing homelessness? And what can be done to help?

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Once a year, the local organization Central Coast Economic Forecast (CCEF) hosts a seminar featuring a presentation by economist Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics. It’s a glance to the future: what will the Central Coast economy look like in 2020? 

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As part of a plan to increase affordable housing, this week San Luis Obispo County officials took some first steps: passing higher development fees on some new homes and streamlining the environmental permitting process in an effort to get homes built faster. Not everyone was happy about it, but did agree the county needs more housing stock. 

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This month San Luis Obispo will host a housing summit, featuring the state lawmaker behind a push to override local zoning laws and build high-density housing near centers of public transportation and jobs. And recently San Luis Obispo County officials signed an agreement with Central Coast builders and nonprofits dedicating themselves to building a lot more affordable housing in the coming years.

What’s not being talked about is how the planned construction is actually going to get done, when there currently are not enough construction workers to build all those new housing units.

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"A 30-year-old San Luis Obispo city law is causing Cal Poly students to live off lease and it may be illegal." That's the headline of a recent article by Cal Poly student media outlet Mustang News. Student reporter Ashley Ladin stopped by the KCBX studios to discuss her story about the law, how students navigate it and what is—or isn’t being done—to change it.

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The county board of supervisors have agreed on a plan to help build affordable homes for the county’s workforce. But while the move is being heralded for bipartisan—and multilateral—agreement, some say the real work is still to come.

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Redwood City approved more than a year ago the kind of affordable-housing project California desperately needs: a 20-unit building, downtown, near transit lines, in the heart of Silicon Valley, where the state’s housing crisis is most severe. The developer was a nonprofit, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. But today the lot remains vacant, except for a row of portable toilets, a trailer and a dumpster.

Housing on the Central Coast: affordable to whom?

Mar 25, 2018
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Can the Central Coast ever be an affordable place to live? That question was pondered Thursday at the San Luis Obispo County Housing Summit. Local leaders, city planners, home builders, and realtors from across the state met to share experiences in creating affordable housing. But the big question being asked is, what kind of housing is necessary? 

Transformation coming to Salinas' Chinatown

Oct 10, 2017
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A transformation is coming to Salinas’ Chinatown. A new affordable housing development will soon break ground. 

Brown brings housing bills home

Sep 29, 2017
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Governor Jerry Brown has signed a package of 15 bills intended to drive down California’s high housing costs, but not without throwing a little shade at the people who worked to get the measures to his desk. 

Housing bills vote postponed

Sep 1, 2017
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California legislative leaders have delayed votes on a package of housing bills until after Labor Day weekend.

Governor, democratic leaders reach agreement on major pieces of housing deal

Aug 29, 2017
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California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats have reached a housing deal at the state Capitol that includes a $4 billion bond, a new fee on real estate transaction documents, and several efforts to streamline new development projects. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on the agreement. 

CA lawmakers seek to streamline affordable housing approval

Aug 14, 2017
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California lawmakers are weighing several ideas to encourage – or force – cities and counties to speed up the approval process for housing projects. The proposals are part of negotiations between Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders to address California’s high housing costs.

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On Tuesday evening, city officials in San Luis Obispo approved the proposed San Luis Ranch housing development. The city council voted unanimously in favor of the project, which calls for the phased construction of 580 homes, as well as commercial and office space and a 200-room hotel. The building site is 130 acres adjacent to Highway 101 between the Madonna Road and Los Osos Valley Road exits.

Veterans find an affordable home at new SLO complex

Jun 28, 2017
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This week San Luis Obispo’s public housing department celebrated the opening of a new apartment complex for veterans. The affordable housing consists of 20 brand new apartments, half of which are reserved for homeless veterans. 

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Just turn on the T.V. and you’ll find tiny homes are everywhere! While tiny homes aren’t for everyone, they have the potential to provide affordable housing solutions for certain segments of the community. Whether it be temporary housing for a homeless individual, a permanent residence for someone looking to simplify their lifestyle, or as an accessory unit to a primary residence, tiny homes can provide an attractive solution. And while these tiny homes have sparked a big trend, many municipalities have been unprepared for them from a code perspective, and so they have brought with them numerous challenges for would-be owners, builders and city officials alike.

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The most recent market report from the Century 21 real estate company says the housing shortage on the Central Coast is at an all-time high. 

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Recently, 11 families got the keys to their brand new homes in Atascadero. A ceremony featuring local politicians and plenty of picture-taking marked the end of a year and a half long building process. The new homeowners had built their own and each other’s homes, creating close neighbor to neighbor relations along the way.