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Is Gavin Newsom’s housing policy ‘rudderless’? Advocates want more done to lower California costs

In his first 10 months in office, Gov. Gavin Newsom approved $1.75 billion in new spending on

housing programs and helped pass new laws to prevent evictions and rent spikes.

Despite those actions, permitting of new homes has slowed since Newsom became governor.

Many housing advocates say that’s not his fault, that he hasn’t been governor long enough for

current permitting rates to be the result of his policies and actions.