Before wildfires struck earlier this year in northern California, the state already was struggling to provide housing for a growing population. Now, following the Camp Fire in Butte County, as well as four others in the past 14 months, thousands of Californians who lost their homes can find nowhere to live.
West Sacramento, Calif. — The Cuyama Community Services District awarded Rural Community Assistance Corporation more than $110,000 to help the district with efficient long-range management and operations for its water and wastewater treatment services.
Because California’s groundwater is becoming increasingly critical as drought becomes more common in the state, the next administration should make sustaining it a top priority, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.
Factoring in living costs, nearly 20 percent of Californians were living below the poverty line in 2015, 2016 and 2017, making the state the poorest in the country. The national average of Americans living in poverty those same years was 14 percent.
California’s housing crisis should have, by this time, eased some after Gov. Jerry Brown last year signed more than a dozen bills that would encourage more building. But some analysts now say that the laws have yet to have a measurable impact on the state’s progress.