Berkeley Rent and Legislation, From 1978 to Today

Berkeley rent has, in general, increased at a faster rate than the Bay Area Consumer Price Index. The legislation passed through the years appears to have done little to counter or even minimize that, which is especially apparent in the years since Costa Hawkins and reinforced by November 2018’s results,
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Housing complexes with line of people and cars

We need affordable and market-rate housing

The housing crisis in Berkeley and the greater Bay Area is not an unfamiliar narrative to most. Many residents agree that there is a problem, but they disagree on how to solve it. Last month, Berkeley City Council approved Shattuck Green Terrace Apartments, an 18-story, 274-unit apartment building in Downtown
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Cal students holding a banner that reads "More affordable student housing" in front of Berkeley City Hall

Berkeley must remember that more housing is not the same as affordable housing

CITY AFFAIRS: Berkeley’s housing crisis has reached intolerable levels. Community members must actively advocate for affordability

Berkeley City Council approved the creation of a housing complex in Downtown Berkeley entirely at market-rate. Community members have blindly rallied around increased housing, without pushing for the affordability of those developments. What’s the point of building more housing if the people who need it the most can’t afford it?
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Here’s how you should vote on Berkeley’s four city measures

CITY AFFAIRS: This November, city measures address key issues ranging from housing to rent control. Here’s our take.

The Berkeley ballot for this midterm election takes on some of the city’s most pertinent issues, ranging from affordable housing to infrastructure improvements. Here’s The Daily Californian editorial board’s take on the city of Berkeley’s four proposed measures.
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More comprehensive review of Berkeley housing crisis needed

In their op-ed, Igor Tregub and Marian Wolfe, members of Berkeley’s Housing Advisory Commission, assert that “developers of market-rate housing use these higher rents so that their projects ‘pencil out,’ making the probability of more affordable rents unlikely, at least in the near-term.” The authors falsely suggest that future rents
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