Brown, budgets, battlegrounds, and CA’s possible presidential contender

KPCC-FM’s “Take Two” interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about California politics, including the political aspirations of Senator Kamala Harris, the state budget and the 2018 midterm elections. While most of us were busy following the fallout from the firing of the FBI director, Governor Jerry Brown put out a revised state…

Trump’s affect on the economy

Raphael Bostic joined KPCC’s Take Two roundtable discussion along with other economic experts discussing the new president’s affect on the economy.  In terms of low-income housing pre-Trump, there was investment of federal money in housing assistance.  Without the funds, there is a domino effect on the difficulties that will cause on those with low incomes. If those go away, it…

Green on KPCC’s Take Two on Inland Empire Evictions

Richard Green, Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate and Director of the USC Lusk Center, spoke with Take Two about Redfin’s new analysis of renter eviction. “If people have just one financial event happen in their life — something as simple as [blowing out] a tire on their car — they’re much more vulnerable than people closer to…

Ben Carson tapped to address housing issues, but is he qualified?

President-elect Donald Trump has picked former campaign rival Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. Is Ben Carson the man to run HUD? “He’s certainly not qualified from any conventional standpoint,” says Richard Green, director and chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. There is more to…

Bostic discusses possible ramifications of Trump economics on California

Raphael Bostic, the Bedrosian Chair in Governance joined Delia Fernandez (certified financial planner with Fernandez Financial Advisory in Los Alamitos), and Chris Thornberg (founding partner of Beacon Economics) on KPCC-FM’s “Take Two.”  They discussed how the California economy may be affected by President-elect Donald Trump’s policies. Bostic said: “As you’ve heard throughout this whole conversation: we don’t…

SoCal’s housing crisis: ‘Either rents go up or we build more units’

Raphael Bostic, along with the Casden Multifamily Forecast co-author Chris Thornberg, discussed the high cost of living in Southern California on KPCC’s Take Two. “Part of our challenge,” say co-author Raphael Bostic from USC, “is to create a narrative about who we are as California that acknowledges that it’s the burden of prosperity, it’s the…