The largest barrier to California resolving the state's housing affordability crisis is Californians themselves, according to a new report from the state's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office . Local opposition to planning and building new housing to accommodate demand from current and future residents has led to an extreme shortage of homes that is driving up prices to record levels, the report said. Developers need to roughly double the amount of new homes built every year in California -- at least 100,000 more -- to keep pace with demand, according to a recent report from the state housing department . Cities and counties are primarily responsible for approving new housing, and if local attitudes don't change, any action the state takes won't come close to solving the problem, the legislative analyst's report said. "Unless Californians are convinced of the benefits of significantly more home building -- targeted at meeting housing demand at every income level -- no state intervention is likely to make significant progress on addressing the state's housing challenges," the report said.
The U.S. for decades has favored itself as the land of opportunity, but some parts of the country do a much better job of living up to that reputation than others. And although states such as New York and California are regularly lauded as domestic economic hubs, neither managed to crack the top half of the U.S. News Best States rankings for economic opportunity – both held back by relatively high levels of poverty and income inequality. Scored on the basis of income inequality as determined by the Gini index (which measures income inequality among households in a state), poverty rate, median household income and food security, the states with the strongest performance offer residents some of the best chances to achieve the American dream. See which states climbed to the top of the 2018 rankings.
A six-story residential building in a low income area of the Kenyan capital collapsed Friday night under heavy rain and flooding, killing at least seven people and injuring 121 others, Kenyan officials said. Kariuki said he has given the county government 14 days to demolish those buildings and if it did not he said he would lead area youths to demolish the buildings. President Uhuru Kenyatta last year ordered an audit of all the country's buildings to see if they are up to code after eight buildings collapsed, killing at least 15 people. The majority of Nairobi's estimated 4 million people live in low income areas or slums.