Because of excessive groundwater extraction, subsidence—the sinking or settling of the ground’s surface—is dragging rural Yolo and Colusa counties in California downward.
The federal government has asked the governors of seven Western states that draw water from the Colorado River to finally draft a drought contingency plan. This follows an earlier order to do so, but California and Arizona have been unable to complete the task.
While many Californians think that their state could solve the affordable housing crisis by just ramping up construction, others blame a lack of rent control, not enough funding for affordable homes and too strict environmental controls.
A new federal study demonstrates that about 400,000 young adults struggle with student debt to the extent that they cannot afford a mortgage.
In unveiling a new budget for California, the state’s newly inaugurated governor Gavin Newsom has emphasized $1.75 billion to address a severe affordable housing shortage.