Tag: 2020-02-nn-roundup

Future of SB 50 up in the LA air

By Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2020

“State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and a coalition of groups representing low-income communities are now opposed to Senate Bill 50.

“Mitchell, a powerful lawmaker who is running for L.A. County supervisor and leads the Senate’s budget committee, told constituents at town halls over the weekend that she was against the bill. The groups, including the Alliance for Community Transit — Los Angeles and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, announced their position against SB 50 on Wednesday [the 22nd].

“The bill ‘fails to address our most serious concerns and will exacerbate the housing challenges experienced by low-income people, people of color, and other vulnerable people, the very populations being hit hardest by California’s affordability crisis,’ the groups wrote in a letter to state Sen. Scott Wiener. ‘It fails to meet these communities’ housing affordability needs and has the potential to create new pressure and incentives for displacement.’ ”

Read more here.

Long term effects of disasters

“Where did all the Camp Fire survivors go?”

By Lily Jamali, KQED News, January 22, 2020

“The Camp Fire, which killed 85 people, remains the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history.

“A CSU Chico study has been mapping out where survivors of the wildfire ended up.” (CSU-Chico map powered by ESRI) “Using data including U.S. Postal Service change-of-address information, researchers found new mailing addresses for roughly a third of former Paradise residents.

“Small clusters landed in mid-sized cities like Boise, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Orlando. One cluster turned up in Crossville, Tennessee, a town of less than 12,000 people.

“The age of survivors has emerged as one of the most important factors determining who stayed and who moved away, said geographic information systems specialist Peter Hansen.

“ ‘Of the 65 or older population, half of that group moved beyond 30 miles of the fire,’ he said. ‘That says to me that we lost a lot of our older population. The people who were able to remain were more of the working age population.’ ”

Those with the lowest incomes moved the farthest.

“The data shows that 47 percent of those whose annual income was less than $25,000 moved 30 miles or more from Paradise.

“While some are still deciding whether to stay in the region, former Paradise Mayor Dan Wentland, 69, moved across to Crossville, Tennessee.

“ ‘I went back up to Paradise immediately when the fire was still burning. I saw it, went back, and told my wife, ‘We’re moving because it’s never going to be a town again,’ Wentland said. ‘It’ll never be the Paradise that we knew.’

“Cheaper real estate in Tennessee was a major draw. So was the fact that he has family — a brother and an uncle — in the state.”

Read more here and see bar graphs showing the age and estimated income of those who moved away.