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The struggle for renters' rights in California

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing California’s affordable housing crisis. Nearly one-third of renters spend more than 50% of their income on housing.

The Democratic-controlled Assembly Housing Committee recently voted down a bill to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act, which prohibits rent control on housing built after 1995. Rent control advocates are working to put a repeal on the November ballot. We’ll speak with tenant and landlord advocates to find out if there’s common ground about how to address this dire situation. 


Christina Livingston, executive director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

Davin Cardenas, co-director of the North Bay Organizing Project


Debra Carlton, senior vice president of public affairs for the California Apartment Association

Web Resources:



California Apartment Association

North Bay Organizing Project

Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act

Housing Now! California


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.