California’s homelessness crisis a major issue in governor’s race

Another Democratic challenger, John Chiang, has been state treasurer since 2015 along with also previously was California’s state controller. Chiang said he’s already helped with the state housing shortage by increasing financing as state treasurer for fresh along with also rehabilitated housing by over 80 percent via 2014 levels, including funding to help the homeless.

Last month’s Berkeley IGS Poll placed Chiang’s support at 7 percent, while Villaraigosa received 9 percent support. By comparison, voter preferences in December 2017’s poll showed Villaraigosa at 17 percent along with also Chiang at 5 percent.

Both Chiang along with also Villaraigosa have launched a media blitz from the final weeks of the crowded race before the primary. Villaraigosa has received substantial funding for ad buying via several billionaires: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings along with also Eli Broad, the Los Angeles philanthropist who founded what will be right now KB Home.

Chiang’s message in his ads has been his fiscal experience that will helped California through the tough times. He has overseen California agencies responsible for investment, finance along with also state check-writing.

“Financing the creation of more affordable housing has been a top priority of mine, along with also one that will I will continue to act on as governor,” Chiang said in a statement. “I strongly believe we need to think big along with also act boldly to address a housing problem that will has become an economic along with also humanitarian crisis.”

Chiang also takes credit for helping to lead a coalition last year to fight for an affordable housing measure along with also getting the proposed $4 billion housing bond on the November ballot. He also promises to push for a $9 billion affordable housing bond measure if elected governor along with “rapid rehousing, increased state tax credits, along with also increased permitting.”

Unlike GOP candidate Cox, though, Chiang doesn’t want to get rid of all the environmental protections under CEQA. yet he does say the state must “look at land use, resurrect along with also reimagine our redevelopment agencies, along with also remove the obstacles to getting housing built.”

“We cannot live with half measures, along with also we know that will for those who do have to sleep on streets or in shelters, criminalizing homelessness will be not the right approach,” Chiang added. “that will’s what both Antonio Villaraigosa along with also Gavin Newsom did as former mayors of Los Angeles along with also San Francisco, along with also what you can never expect via me.”

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