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Letter to the editor


Dear fellow Californian,

Our magnificent state is facing a housing crisis of its own making that demands our urgent attention. With the lowest homeownership rate in the country and average home price at a staggering $750,000, citizens can no longer afford to wait for Sacramento politicians to clear the red tape and regulations that have led to this man-made problem. 

A new grassroots initiative seeking to qualify for the 2024 ballot, the California Homeownership Affordability Act, is the common-sense yet transformative solution we need to meaningfully address the core drivers of sky-high housing costs by putting an end to lawsuit abuse and excessive housing taxes.

The California Homeownership Affordability Act restores the California Environmental Quality Act (sometimes referred to as CEQA) by confining housing project lawsuits to local District Attorneys and the State Attorney General. Since its passage, most suits filed under this law have intended to prevent or delay vital housing and infrastructure projects. In 2019 alone, over a million environmentally compliant homes were entangled in CEQA lawsuits, and that’s simply not acceptable.

Lawsuits aren’t the only problem – in order to put the dream of homeownership within the reach of hard working Californians, we’ve also got to curb the state’s excessive housing taxes, which are nearly triple the national average. Although certain “impact fees” for building new homes are reasonable (think schools and utility connection costs), many cities simply use these taxes to keep affordable homes from being built and fill past budget gaps.

The power lies in our hands, the hands of the people; The California Homeownership Affordability Act  can be placed on the ballot either by the voters or the legislature. Visit CalHomesNow.com to learn how you can support qualifying it directly and urge your legislators to do the same.

Our state’s generational housing crisis can be an opportunity to renew the California Dream. Let’s make affordable homeownership the cornerstone by fostering a California where every family can say, “This house is truly our home.”


NameAddressContactCirculation
Sacramento Bee2100 Q St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
viewpoints@sacbee.com346,000
The Daily Democrat711 Main St.
Woodland, CA 95695
news@dailydemocrat.com11,000
Mountain Democrat2889 Ray Lawyer Dr.
Placerville, CA 95667
Click here for letter submittal form.15,000
Auburn Journal1030 High St.
Auburn, CA 95603
ajournal@goldcountrymedia.com13,000
NameAddressContactCirculation
San Francisco Chronicle2100 Q St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Click here for letter submittal form.424,000
Contra Costa Times175 Lennon Ln., Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
dhatfield@bayareanewsgroup.com194,000
Oakland Tribune1970 Broadway, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612
kpfrommer@bayareanewsgroup.com67,000
San Francisco Examiner835 Market St., Suite 550
San Francisco, CA 94103-1906
dhussey@sfexaminer.com62,000
NameAddressContactCirculation
Ventura County StarP.O. Box 6006
Camarillo, CA 93011-6006
letters@vcstar.com103,730
Santa Barbara News-PressP.O. Box 1359
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
voices@newspress.com27,576
The TribuneP.O. Box 112
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
letters@thetribunenews.com39,880
Santa Barbara Independent122 W. Figueroa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3106
letters@independent.com135,000
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NameAddressContactCirculation
Stockton RecordP.O. Box 900
Stockton, CA 95201
editor@recordnet.com60,000
Fresno Bee1626 E St.
Fresno, CA 93786-0001
Click here for letter submittal form157,456
Modesto Bee1325 H St.
Modesto, CA 95354-2427
Click here for letter submittal form86,000
Bakersfield CalifornianP.O. Box 440
Bakersfield, CA 93302-0440
Click here for letter submittal form70,000
NameAddressContactCirculation
Los Angeles Times202 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012-4299
Click here for letter submittal form983,000
Santa Monica Daily Press1640 5th St., Suite 218
Santa Monica, CA 90401-3325
ross@smdp.com8,000
Los Angeles Daily News21860 Burbank Blvd., Suite 200
Woodland Hills, CA 91367-7439
dnforum@dailynews.com441,000
Long Beach Press-Telegram727 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90813-4321
speakout@presstelegram.com85,000
NameAddressContactCirculation
Orange County Register625 N. Grand Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92701-4347
letters@ocregister.com276,881
San Diego Union-TribuneP.O. Box 120191
San Diego, CA 92112-0191
letters@uniontrib.com296,331
Riverside Press Enterprise1825 Chicago Ave., Suite 100
Riverside, CA 92507-2373
Click here for letter submittal form149,608
San Bernardino Sun290 N. D St., Suite 102
San Bernardino, CA 92401-1734
opinions@inlandnewspapers.com177,000

letter to legislator


Dear Legislator,

Our magnificent state is facing a housing crisis of its own making that demands our urgent attention. With the lowest homeownership rate in the country and average home price at a staggering $750,000, citizens can no longer afford to wait for Sacramento politicians to clear the red tape and regulations that have led to this man-made problem. 

A new grassroots initiative seeking to qualify for the 2024 ballot, the California Homeownership Affordability Act, is the common-sense yet transformative solution we need to meaningfully address the core drivers of sky-high housing costs by putting an end to lawsuit abuse and excessive housing taxes.

The California Homeownership Affordability Act restores the California Environmental Quality Act (sometimes referred to as CEQA) by confining housing project lawsuits to local District Attorneys and the State Attorney General. Since its passage, most suits filed under this law have intended to prevent or delay vital housing and infrastructure projects. In 2019 alone, over a million environmentally compliant homes were entangled in CEQA lawsuits – that’s simply not acceptable.

Lawsuits aren’t the only problem – in order to put the dream of homeownership within reach of hardworking Californians we’ve also got to curb the state’s excessive housing taxes which are nearly triple the national average. Although certain “impact fees” for building new homes are reasonable (think schools and utilities), many cities simply use these taxes to keep affordable homes from being built and to fill past budget gaps.

A statewide voter movement is underway to qualify The California Homeownership Affordability Act can be placed on the ballot either by the voters or the legislature. Visit CalHomesNow.com to learn how you can support qualifying it directly and urge your legislators to do the same.

Our state’s generational housing crisis can be an opportunity to renew the California Dream. Let’s make affordable homeownership the cornerstone by fostering a California where every family can say, “This house is truly our home.”


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