Rents in California are 50 percent above the national average.
The cost of a new home is 2.5 times what it is elsewhere in the
U.S. And the chances of being “house poor” are significantly
higher here than in any other state in the country.
(StatePoint) As the Boomer population ages and retires, massive
shifts in the housing market are to be expected. One current
popular trend with these older Americans is manufactured housing
in land-lease communities, where homes are placed on leased land
and the overall price of the home is lower than other types of
homes. And many of these communities offer senior-friendly
Only 13 percent of San Francisco households can afford to pay the
nearly $7,000 a month in housing costs for a median-priced home
here, according to recent analysis by Paragon Realty.
“By definition, half the homes sold in any given county were at
prices below the median sales price, i.e. there were
numerous homes that were more affordable than the
median prices used in this analysis,” said the report. “However,
any way one slices it, the Bay Area has one of the most
expensive— if not the most expensive—and least affordable housing
markets in the country.”
BY JIM MILLER AND ANSHU SIRIPURAPUAUGUST 18, 2016 2:29 PM
Attempts to craft an end-of-session affordable housing package
are “dead” for the year, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said
Thursday, saying there continues to be intense opposition to Gov.
Jerry Brown’s proposal to relax local land-use rules in return
for $400 million for housing projects.
By: Michael Hiltzik - Contact ReporterAugust 12, 2016, 8:40am
Kate Vershov Downing is a lawyer working for a Silicon Valley
technology firm, married to a software engineer. But even with
two good jobs in the household, she’s been driven out of the Palo
Alto housing market, where the home she rents with another couple
costs $6,200 in monthly rent and would cost $2.7 million to buy.
By Will Houston, Eureka Times-StandardPOSTED: 08/09/16, 10:51 PM PDT
“This rent control creates an initiative that will punish us for
being compassionate, for having our rents so low, for being
considerate,” he said. “This is really going to affect the future
of our park.”
The Jisser family, who owns the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park,
want to close the facility. But as a condition of closing, the
city of Palo Alto requires the family to pay $8 million to the
400 or so residents who would be displaced.
The idea of rent control is simple and very appealing to renters.
Your rent can never go up as long as you stay in the same rental
property. But, this government price control program actually
hurts the very people it is intended to help (like many liberal
The money, city officials say, is to ease the city’s affordable
housing crisis, which through official policies has triggered a
median home price of “a blistering $2.46 million,” far above the
$448,000 for the state and $180,000 for the nation.
By Gennady Sheyner / Palo Alto WeeklyUploaded: Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 3:14 pm
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has voted to join
with the county Housing Authority and Palo Alto to issue an
ultimatum to the owners of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park: Sell
your property to us, or we’ll take it by eminent domain. The
threat is a moral, legal and political offense.
By Jonathan Lansner, Staff WriterPOSTED: 06/25/16, 9:31 PM PDT
The region’s housing crunch is steep, by any economic measure. A
database of housing affordability statistics created by The
Associated Press shows Southern California’s two main
metropolitan regions – Los Angeles/Orange counties and the Inland
Empire – consistently rank among the U.S. markets that most
stretch the household budgets of both homeowners and renters.
Data were census figures through 2014, the latest available.
Rent control ordinances essentially all impose some type of limit
on rent increases for all or some subset of rental units in a
local area and also often include requirements for new buildings
to include some minimum percentage of “affordable” units meaning
ones rented for less than the owner could get in a free market.
They are motivated by the idea that rents are too high because
landlords are greedy. That, however, is not the true cause of the
By Scott Herhold,, Bay Area News GroupPOSTED: 06/17/16, 10:46 PM PDT
After Supervisor Joe Simitian announced Wednesday that the
county’s Housing Authority would join the fight to preserve the
Buena Vista Mobile Home Park as a refuge for the working class in
Palo Alto, a reporter asked him what it meant. Enough big words.
What was his spin?
By Sheila Dey, Executive Director, Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association.JUNE 20, 2016
The Sacramento Bee recently profiled mobile home
owners who are taking advantage of a “loop-hole” to reduce
their tax liability on beach front homes in Malibu, worth
millions of dollars. Needless to say, the Los Angeles County tax
assessor wants more property taxes, and the law is on the side of
By Nathan Donato-Weinstein Real Estate Reporter Silicon Valley Business JournalJun 16, 2016, 5:11am PDT
The tool could be used if the Jisser family — which owns the
4.5-acre property and has been trying to close it since 2012 —
doesn’t accept a new offer to buy the park funded by Santa Clara
County, the city of Palo Alto and the county’s Housing Authority,
officials said Wednesday. That’s because the county and city have
now joined forces with the Housing Authority, which has eminent
domain power and signaled it’s agreeable to using it.
A wise man once said that the best way to get out of a hole is to
“stop digging.” Today California is short 1.5 million affordable
homes for families struggling to make ends meet, and the hole is
growing bigger each year.
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to provide more low-cost housing through
an initiative that could unite liberals and conservatives,
Republicans and Democrats. As he outlined last month in his
updated budget proposal, the plan would reduce costs to
homeowners and renters by increasing the housing supply through
reductions in the state’s labyrinthine construction-permit
For years, Gov. Jerry Brown has resisted efforts to spend more
money to build affordable housing. As part of his revised budget
released Friday, Brown announced what he said was a better
solution: making it easier to build homes for low-income
residents. In a new package of legislation, Brown is proposing to
streamline the permitting process for developers building
A federal court jury on Thursday ordered the city of Carson to
pay $3.3 million in damages to a mobile home park owner for
violating his constitutional rights when it repeatedly rejected
proposed rent increases at his park.
California’s affordable housing stock is not keeping up with its
“It all boils down to this,” Thornberg said. “Taxes and
regulations are a problem for state businesses, but it’s not what
defines California. In the end, this California growth story is a
California is in the midst of a severe and growing housing
crisis, and the Legislative leadership in Sacramento appears to
not have the faintest understanding about the causes and possible
real solutions to the problem.
Sheila Dey, Executive Director of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association.April 3, 2016
WMA’s executive director, Sheila Dey writes, “Instead of
addressing the root cause, some policymakers are championing rent
control, despite the fact that it has never effectively preserved
or expanded affordable housing stocks.”
A new statewide, Constitutional Amendment Ballot Initiative has
received a Title and Summary by the Attorney General and the
proponents are out collecting signatures necessary to qualify it
for the 2016 General Election Ballot. This measure enacts a
surcharge from 2017-18 through 2036-37 on most properties in the
state valued (for tax purposes) at above $3 million. This
surcharge would raise between $6 billion and $7 billion in new
revenues in 2017-18, with revenue amounts in future years
generally expected to grow over time (in nominal terms).
Thank you for considering advertising in the WMA
Reporter. In order to assist with your advertising
planning and budget for 2020, please refer to the rates in the
2020 Editorial Calendar linked on this page. Page
one contains the topic and deadlines for adverts and
articles; page two contains advert pricing information.
Housing Communities Association online at www.wma.org.
WMA is committed to protecting information disclosed through this
website. Your use of this website, or any inquiry or comment you
send, may be disclosed to WMA members and authorized entities
solely to advance the mission and purpose of CAHHS/CHA.