Most encouraging to me is the wider change you can feel in the politics of this matter. At all levels of power in California, state politicians are aware that they need to find a way to build it. Doing nothing is no longer a viable option. Even politicians who oppose development must pretend to support development. There is no illusion that the tent city can continue, and there is no illusion that the tent city can be wiped out without providing housing to the residents. Politics is not just about policy. It is also about the will, the union, and the sense of result. That’s what I feel is different in California today. And Newsom deserves some credit for that.
“The reason we started suing the city was to cover the air,” Newsom told me. “Despite public criticism of these proceedings, I don’t know how many mayors I personally thanked. We’re trying to drive another expectation: we’ll cover you. You want to scapegoat someone, you want to scapegoat the state. We didn’t have that policy in the past. Regionalism was decisive. And that’s part of what’s changing. . “
This disagrees with people like economist Tyler Cowen, who claims that the Republican recall victory is a healthy awakening call for the Democratic Party of California, and that the elders are checked by Congress, so there are few downsides. The reason is. The political system is already awake. However, housing politics is dire and there is much more to do. It would be crazy to destroy the coalition government that is finally advancing.
“If Gavin were recalled, it would be disastrous for the state’s housing policy,” Brian Hanlon, president of YIMBY, a home protection organization, told me. “I believe Congress can veto Larry Elder’s veto on major bills, but all of these fierce housing bills we haven’t passed in the majority are elders’ vetoes. You can’t survive the right. It will all die. “
“I also think the overall situation in Sacramento would be chaotic if the recall was successful, partly because of the housing,” Hanlon added later. “It will be a lost year as the Democratic Party and the Legislature work to regain the governorship in 2022.”
Metcalf, a former chief of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development, was impressed by the disappointment with Newsom’s housing records. “I’m starting to see Newsome find a lever to pull,” he said. “We see him understanding how to get Congress to do what he wants. We got there with Newsom. It’s very painful to lose him now. Will do. “
All California politicians boast that if California were a country, it would be the fifth largest economy in the world. But when it comes to climate, that’s the point of leverage, a way California can use its economic power to encourage the world to decarbonize faster. “There is nothing comparable to California’s climate leadership,” Newsom told me. “We drive the market. We drive policy globally, not just domestically.”