Bradbard Poverty Q2
To help reduce the poverty across Southern California, state government should continue investing in programs that work upstream in preparing our next generation for self-sufficiency including education, stable living environments for children and families, mental health, and job creation.
Recognizing the serious need for increased housing stock to address the current affordable housing crisis, I applaud our Governor and state leaders for making housing a key issue of focus. However, we need to think creatively and be open to reforming the current regulations, fees and systemic barriers that reduce the production of housing across the State of California. To maximize the impact of limited dollars, we also need to consider more efficient building designs, repurpose existing underutilized land parcels, and focus on strategies that keep families and individuals off the streets in the first place.