‘Berkeley is very much in the crosshairs’: Reparations task force discusses housing, gentrification

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Darrell Owens, a housing and transit activist with East Bay for Everyone, provided expert testimony on the displacement of Black Californians to the California Reparations Task Force on Tuesday.

For the past 50 years, the Black population in Berkeley has declined, according to census data compiled by Darrell Owens, a housing and transit activist with East Bay for Everyone.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom signs SB 9, ending single-family zoning in CA

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed several housing-focused bills Sept. 16, one of which effectively ends single-family zoning in the state. SB 9, the bill in question, allows duplexes to be built in single-family zones and gives homeowners the ability to subdivide existing lots in residential areas, according to the bill.
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