Every eight years the state assesses how much housing California needs. This cycle, the assessments doubled and, in some cases, tripled for cities across the state. Palo Alto will be required to build more than 6,000 housing units between 2023 and 2031. However, the Governor and State Legislators just mandating “Build, Baby, Build” are only exacerbating the problem. Housing is not just a California issue. What’s really causing our housing prices to be so unaffordable?

Our speaker, Sharon Byrne, from the United Nations Association of Santa Barbara, suggests that the problems may be more widespread than we realize. On October 16, 2021 she spoke at a Town Hall hosted by Lydia Kou. Watch the video and judge for yourself.