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California Bill Would Bar Landlords from Reporting Illegal Aliens

California’s Democrat-dominated legislature passed a measure that would make it illegal for landlords to report tenants suspected of being in the country illegally, and would also allow illegal alien tenants to sue their landlords over any violations of code.

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Silicon Valley Real Estate: Prices Up, but Sales Down

The average sales price of a Silicon Valley home is up 6.4 percent in the last 12 months. But at the increasingly unaffordable price of almost $1.5 million, the volume of sales is down 11 percent over the same period.

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Palo Alto Mayor Wants to ‘Meter’ ‘Reckless Job Growth’

Palo Alto mayor Patrick Burt says: “Palo Alto’s greatest problem right now is the Bay Area’s massive job growth.” And he wants to “meter” businesses to control “reckless job growth” in the Silicon Valley suburb.

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ACORN Reborn: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

On Friday, the Los Angeles County Superior Court heard a case brought by real estate mogul Greg Geiser against a couple whom he evicted — and who retaliated by staging a protest in front of his own house with the help of a group called the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE).

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Exclusive — Congress Likely To Defund Obama’s Housing Rules

The administration’s housing regulation, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), gives the federal government the power to decide the racial composition of communities in America. The regulation allows for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to withhold money from cities and municipalities that fail to address racial disparities in their communities. Congress is likely to defund Obama’s housing rules in the forthcoming omnibus spending bill.

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Even Paul Krugman Says Inequality Related to Housing Regulation

Indeed, even The New York Times economic columnist Paul Krugman–an unabashed supporter of government intervention into the market–dedicated an entire column to highlighting the role of housing restrictions and inequality.

New Study Names San Francisco As Most Expensive To Buy A Home

Blacks Left out of Liberal San Francisco’s Prosperity

San Francisco is enjoying the benefits of a new tech boom, but black residents are left behind–or leaving.
That’s the story told by new data on incomes, which show that white, Asian and Latino residents saw increases in 2014, but blacks saw their incomes fall by nearly 5 percent,

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Hot Silicon Valley Property Market: Seattle

Prices for homes in the Bay Area have increased to the point where hi-tech workers are fleeing to the Pacific Northwest to find affordable housing, according to the real estate site Redfin. The median home price in the Bay Area has surpassed $1 million, and Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman told the San Francisco Chronicle that one-quarter of Bay Area searchers are checking areas elsewhere–a steep hike from the one-seventh of searchers looking elsewhere in 2011.

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Critics: San Francisco’s Poor Pay for Their Own Eviction by Tech Cronies

With San Francisco offering massive tax incentives to redevelop 77 dilapidated warehouse buildings into a “Twitter Town” for the “digerati” venture capital crowd, the adjacent Mission District community is now in turmoil, as the city’s poor are being booted to make room for new buildings and Airbnb vacation rental conversions.

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San Francisco to Spend $500 Million to Create 3,000 ‘Affordable Housing’ Units

On Monday, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will offer a new proposal entailing the revival of moribund housing plans worth $500 million as he competes with Supervisor John Avalos, who announced a $500 million bond measure last week at the same board meeting in which Lee proposed a $250 million affordable housing plan.

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Dodd-Frank Hurts Latino and First-Time Home Ownership

According to the California Realtors’ home ownership affordability report, only 28 percent of Los Angeles residents can afford to buy a home in Los Angeles, due to the combination of low inventory and the fact that the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act made it much harder for immigrants and first-time buyers to qualify for a loan.

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Lesbian CA Lawmaker Toni Atkins & Wife Accused of Cronyism

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a lesbian whose wife, Jennifer LeSar, heads LeSar Development Consultants, which specializes in affordable housing, has been accused of conflict of interest for her proposal that California hand out $500 million for apartments for low-income residents.