Students Voice Critical Need for Affordable Housing In Town Hall Meeting

Solano Park represents “affordable” student housing for families

Students and Community Members Express Frustration Regarding Lack of Housing Construction by Town and University

By Jenean Docter

Wednesday night, the Davis Vanguard hosted a community town hall meeting in the Davis Community Church. Students and other members of the public gathered to discuss the critical struggles faced by students fighting to attain an increasingly rare and expensive resource: affordable housing. Panel speakers included Matt Dulcich, a representative from the university, City of Davis Mayor Robb Davis, ASUCD President Michael Gofman, and affordable housing activists Sean Raycraft and Toni Sandoval.

David Greenwald, the owner of the Vanguard, recalled the “slower growth” of the “small community” of Davis that attracted him and his wife to settle in town following the completion of their studies at the university. However, as Greenwald noted, the town of Davis encompasses a population of 60 to 70 thousand people, alongside a student population expected to grow to 40 thousand within the decade. Sixty-five to 85 percent of renters in the city are students.

The resulting “conflict between the students and the town” materializes in disturbingly commonplace “housing horror stories.” Greenwald shared the story of a former Vanguard intern who was evicted by her out-of-state landlord because she experienced conflict with one of her roommates. Left homeless in December, and unable to find housing in the Davis rental market—where vacancy rates oscillate between a third and a tenth of a single percent—she was forced to move back home to Seattle. After moving in and out of mental institutions, she eventually dropped out of UC Davis. Had her landlord permitted students to sign individual leases under a rent-by-bed system, she would likely hold a UC Davis degree today.

“As expensive as you think Davis is for renters, it’s actually the second cheapest UC to live off-campus at,” Greenwald began. He noted that the City of Davis initially appears affordable when compared to rental rates in Berkeley, Westwood, Irvine, San Diego, and Riverside.

Yet, student housing at UC Davis is the “second-most expensive in the UC system,” he recognized. On-campus housing costs students 60 percent more than off-campus housing.

Even in Solano Park, an on-campus student apartment complex for students with families, renters pay nearly $700 per month for a space no larger than 450 square feet. A two-bedroom apartment in the same complex requires a financial commitment of $900 per month, and provides about 550 square feet.

Greenwald stressed that “this is an issue that can be solved locally.” Both UC Davis and the City of Davis “have the ability to satiate existing demand for student housing.” Yet, both parties have failed to fulfill this need, time and time again.

Matt Dulcich was the first speaker to offer comments. He represented the Office of the Chancellor, and is currently the Director of Environmental Planning at UC Davis.

Dulcich primarily discussed the contents of the University’s newly-released Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). Dulcich described the LRDP as a “forecast” and a “programmatic plan” for university development through 2027.

Dulcich congratulated the “heroic effort” put into the LRDP’s development within recent years. He also noted that the plan included an “open workshop” with members of the public in the Nelson Gallery two years ago, which received recognition for its collaborative community approach.

Mr. Dulcich reported that predicted UC Davis enrollment will likely rise to a figure between 34,000 and 39,000. To accommodate this growth of over 5,000 students, the university plans to supply at least 6,200 new beds, a figure Dulcich described as “progressive” and “ambitious.”

A base plan released by the university in January 2017 called upon developers to accelerate construction at Russell Park and West Village, targeting 900 new beds at the former and 1,875 at the latter. The current LRDP draft calls for 8,500 new beds in total.

The university released an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the plan last Friday, which will remain open for public comment through May 29. The EIR addresses issues such as vehicular traffic, agricultural land loss, species loss, and other environmental impacts. Dulcich encouraged community members to read the EIR, claiming that “it’s not really appropriate for me to try to answer” questions regarding such topics.

Although Dulcich mentioned that solutions such as “restricting initial rents and reducing amenities” remained on the table, he emphasized that “at the end of the day,” the projects are “expensive” because the university must purchase building materials. Dulcich also noted that the Housing Task Force is currently working to define “what affordability means.”

Dulcich, who holds a seat on Chancellor Gary May’s Housing Task Force, expressed that he feels “curious to see how this conversation evolves.”

“Are there other levers (to increase affordability) that the task force could be looking out for?” Dulcich asked. Among these so-called levers proposed by Dulcich was the option to build above-the-market housing, for students who could afford expensive rents. He justified the proposal by suggesting it might cross-subsidize more affordable housing projects.

Mayor Robb Davis followed Dulcich’s commentary. Mayor Davis reflected back on his primary goal when entering office: to construct more affordable, high-density multi-family housing units. Mr. Davis expected that the community would embrace this goal, but noted that he was “dead wrong.

“Unlike the university, we don’t control the levers (regarding the construction of housing),” Davis reflected. He noted that the city must wait for developers to bring forward construction projects, which are often legally challenged soon after.

Mayor Davis also cautioned against “sprawling, low-density housing,” and encouraged residents to fight to preserve surrounding agricultural lands. High-density affordable housing, according the mayor, will allow transit “to flourish,” and will reduce the environmental impact created by renters commuting into town because of lower rent prices in surrounding cities.

“Davis is a place where people really think critically about the environment,” Mr. Davis stated. The City of Davis has seen three housing projects since Robb Davis joined the city council. The first Nishi project faced a lawsuit over an EIR and failed to gain enough votes to pass. Lincoln 40, similarly, faced litigation regarding CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act). The Sterling student apartment project faced considerable backlash as well. “At each turn, we find ourselves thwarted,” he reflected.

Mayor Davis criticized the reluctance of some community members to support new housing projects to alleviate student pressure on the rental market. “You cannot call yourself a town that cares about the environment if you push people (out of their homes in Davis) and into cars (to commute from other cities instead),” he argued.

“We have before us critical choices,” Robb Davis told community members. The ability to bring lawsuits forward regarding CEQA requirements gives Davis residents challenging new construction “the option to pretend it doesn’t matter if you don’t see it.”

The mayor emphasized the necessity of “bringing people equitably close to school.” He recognized that many students are “really struggling,” and that the lack of affordable housing in Davis “left a bad taste in the mouths of students that ‘we don’t want you here.’” He emphasized, “We want you here.”

Mr. Davis prompted, “The question is: where is the trade-off?” He cited an inverse relationship between greener housing and affordable housing, and challenged the council to find a solution.

Michael Gofman, ASUCD President, followed Robb Davis’ statements. Gofman’s remarks were the shortest of those given by the panelists.

Mr. Gofman declared that he was present to represent “all of the different voices of the students” and their “struggles to get housing. This has to do with developers doing whatever they want to students,” a statement for which he received applause from the audience.

Sean Raycraft, a self-described town activist, followed Gofman. Mr. Raycraft has worked as a shop steward at the South Davis Safeway for the past 11 years. In that time, he has noticed “education quality declining” and “rent skyrocketing.”

Raycraft’s wife graduated UC Davis with nearly $30,000 in student debt—a feat Raycraft described as “lucky.”

Last summer, Raycraft witnessed some of his members left homeless by the hyper-competitive and increasingly expensive rental market in Davis. He recently helped three longtime friends move out of Davis due to substantial rent increases.

Raycraft also described a “mini-dorm” one of his members lived in, which cost them $400 per month to share a living room which was split in half with a bedsheet hung from the ceiling.

“The lack of student housing is affecting everyone’s quality of life,” Raycraft stated. He implored community members that they have a “responsibility to advocate” to “counter no-growth political infrastructure” preventing much-needed housing construction within the city.

Toni Sandoval spoke following Raycraft. She is a third-year transfer student, and a single mother to a toddler. She moved to Davis from Fresno so she could pursue an education to better her daughter’s life. Her transition to Davis has been “difficult and stressful,” but bettered by the community she found with her neighbors at Solano Park. “I no longer felt alone because of my neighbors,” she reflected.

She reflected that she “used to be angry” that day-to-day life was much more difficult for herself than for her peers. But now, she feels “so proud to come from that community,” and to “struggle” alongside other low-income parents.

“I was praying that I would get into Solano Park,” she recalled. Ms. Sandoval would not have been financially able to study at UC Davis if she had not been accepted into that community.

“The community of UC Davis exists of personal stories,” Sandoval stated. “If you don’t listen, you’re only representing the communities you’re building that can afford (expensive housing).”

Sandoval advocates on behalf of low-income students struggling to find housing for themselves and their families, even though she believes that it will be her daughter who first sees change.

Additionally, Sandoval mentioned the deteriorating condition of the housing at Solano Park. Sandoval uses four towels to continuously soak up leaking water released through her house.

“How do I move into an apartment and ask my maintenance man to fix my entire apartment?” she asked rhetorically.

Ms. Sandoval expressed that students do not need “fancy amenities” like the pools and recreational areas advertised at developments like West Village. Sandoval and others only need apartments that don’t leak.

“This is more real than you’re willing to admit,” Sandoval urged the community.

Microphones were then opened up for public comment. Students were given speaking priority.

Ellie White, a Civil Engineering graduate student at UC Davis, criticized the University Housing Task Force for closing meetings off to students. “Affordability is 30 percent of income, including amenities,” she emphasized. Yet, she stated, the Housing Task Force continually redefines affordability in a manner that “ends up costing students the most and the university the least.

“Do you really want to build another West Village, that goes 27 percent vacant?” she asked Mr. Dulcich. “It’s completely despicable to have houses that are empty,” White continued. She challenged Dulcich to “explain himself.”

Dulcich emphasized that creating above-market housing is a “lever” that will cross-subsidize affordable housing.

Additionally, a female Davis substitute teacher expressed her frustration regarding the rental increases in Davis. For years, her husband rode his bike from Woodland to Davis so he could attend UC Davis, and their children could attend kindergarten. Years later, they finally moved to Davis. She taught in Davis—despite being paid less in Davis than in Woodland—and appreciated being part of the community.

Recently, her landlord increased her rent by 81 percent, and gave her only 32 days’ notice—which is currently illegal in the state of California. “I’m teaching in your schools, I’m helping your children,” she claimed, “livid” with the lack of affordability in Davis. “We put so much time and energy into this community, and now we’re being pushed out.”

Dan Carson, one of two city council candidates to speak at the meeting, emphasized the importance of “working together with the city and the university in a collaborative manner” in order to “make progress on this issue.”

Carson described the housing crisis as a “humanitarian need” that would be “unconscionable” to not address. He supports Measure J/R, and expressed frustration regarding the frequent legal challenges brought against proposed housing projects.

Eric Gudz, another city council candidate, recalled the struggle to find housing as a student at UC Davis. In the summer of 2013, their landlord announced a $250 per month rent increase one week before the quarter was due to begin. Gudz had previously agreed to a $50 per month increase. They left the apartment within the required 30 days, and found a two-bedroom place in Old North Davis. Yet, Gudz’s new housing situation required them to provide a $4,000 security deposit—an insurmountable fee for most students. “This needs to be addressed. I’m not the only one. This is what drives me,” Gudz stated.

An international student, and head of household to two dependents, felt that Solano Park was her only option. Because she is an international student, she does not qualify for housing loans or a credit check. With the demolition of Solano Park slotted for 2020, she felt that she has been “left with no choice,” and expressed frustration at university officials for refusing to explain why Solano Park “can’t be kept the way it is.”

Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald, the wife of David Greenwald and a UC Davis graduate, offered her personal phone number to students and community members in need. She described the rental situation as “appalling,” noting that “we had those struggles then (when she attended UC Davis).” Ms. Greenwald advised community members to “work together as a group.”

Other students and members of the community shared their stories as well.

First-year undergraduate students spoke out against the university for charging rents greater than $1500 per month (including meals) for small, triple-occupancy rooms, and for punishing students who experience issues with their roommates. Multiple freshmen also expressed desire for the university to aid them in searching for apartments, after they are “kicked out” of dorms after their first year.

Others felt that they were “just pawns in the system,” and that the salary of some staff (notably ex-chancellor Linda Katehi, still paid more than $300,000 to teach a one-unit class once per week) should be lowered, with the money re-purposed toward the construction of affordable student housing.

The wife of a retired UC Davis employee noted that the increasing rental prices are pushing her and her husband out of Davis. “This is not just a student housing crisis,” she stated. “It has a ripple effect on retirees.”

A Cal Works eligibility worker and former UC Davis graduate echoed her sentiments. “What happens here in Davis doesn’t just affect Davis, but the county as a whole,” she emphasized. Single mothers attending UC Davis have two options: to live in Solano Park (provided that they are accepted), or to leave Davis, and incur even greater transportation and childcare costs.

Kevin, a commuter student, recalled seeing homeless students on Lake Boulevard.

He cautioned: “Just remember—there are students sleeping in their cars, and it’s gonna get ten degrees colder tonight.”

One must wonder how many more members of this community will be pushed out of their homes before any real change materializes. The university and town have promised to construct affordable housing, just as they have done in the past. But, when the political opinions of financially-interested property owners, developers, and the university dominate the conversation around affordable housing, it raises a single question: how can Davis regard itself as a welcoming community when it continues to willfully push its own people out?

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  1. David Greenwald

    Jenean was our intern and now she is going to stay on as a freelance writer and do some periodic reporting this spring.

    One other thing, we had 100 people sign into the event including 67 UC Davis students.

  2. Tia Will

    One must wonder how many more members of this community will be pushed out of their homes before any real change materializes”

    And yet we can as a city make exceptions for developers to build “luxury” apartments. Their word originally, not mine.

    1. David Greenwald

      One of the interesting things – aside from the shear number of students – sorry you weren’t able to attend – but the focus was pointed squarely at Matt Dulcich and the university. There was a concern expressed by some that the city building housing would reduce the pressure on UC Davis, from what I saw on Wednesday, the opposite is true. It has focus all the pressure on UC Davis. Nishi was hardly even mentioned on Wednesday.

    2. Ken A

      I just went to the Lowes site and a low cost white fridge is $449 and a low cost white stove is $349.  It will cost $549 and $399 to get the same fridge and stove in “luxury” stainless steel.  It will cost about $300 unit more to go from low cost formica countertops to “luxury” granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms.  With bulk discounts and economy of scale it will probably cost an apartment developer ~$400/unit to upgrade from basic to “luxury” and at current loan rates of about 5% they will need to get an extra $2.15/month ($0.07/day or $25.80 a year) to cover the cost of “upgrading” to a “luxury” unit with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  It costs a lot of money to build anything in CA today and the little extras to make something nicer are just a tiny percent of the cost.

      1. Howard P

        Appears you are examining up-front costs in your example… one should look at “life-cycle” costs… including operational, maintenance, repairs, and replacement (durability)…

        If you have, cool… if not….

        1. David Greenwald

          There is also one-time costs versus on-going costs. It’s why I laugh a little when people say, that the developer can afford to go to 35% affordable over 15% when the actual costs are over $2 million every year.

        2. Ken A

          The “life cycle” cost of stainless steel clad appliances are almost exactly the same (a tiny bit cheaper since you there are less paint scratches touch ups) and the “life cycle” cost for granite countertops is a LOT cheaper (since they last a LOT longer since a hot pot of mac & cheese won’t make granite bubble)…  Even if you take the pool and hot tub out of Lincoln 40 the cost savings per month for each of the 400+ beds will only reduce the rent per bed by a few dollars a month.  Just ALL new cars cost a lot of money ALL new apartments will cost a lot of money even without “luxury” add ons (a new car with AC and power windows is not that much more expensive per month than a new car without AC and power windows, the cost difference is so low I don’t even know if you can buy a car in America without AC and power windows)…

  3. Mark West

    “Unlike the university, we don’t control the levers (regarding the construction of housing),” Davis reflected. He noted that the city must wait for developers to bring forward construction projects, which are often legally challenged soon after.

    It is true that the City is not able to dictate what projects are brought forward, but we do have the ability to create incentives to gain the type of housing that is most needed. Unfortunately, instead of working with developers to create the preferred housing, including affordable options, we have prioritized maximizing development fees, taxes, and other exactions, including having City Council Members demanding additional exactions from the dais. If we want developers to bring forward the projects that we need (or prefer) then we need to change our approach.

    All development fees, taxes, and exactions should be prioritized and known upfront, with no additional ‘strong-arming’ by the Council at the last minute. Clarity in costs will reduce the financial risk associated with the development and allow greater flexibility. Then, we should be willing to reduce or modify the lower priority exactions in exchange for obtaining the project characteristics that are desired by the community. Finally, we should stop enabling the obstructionists in town by taking away their primary source of power, Measure R. We can obtain the development we need, while also controlling sprawl, through smart, rational development, but it will take a change in policy and a willingness to replace our protectionist mindset with its artificial scarcity, with an opportunity mindset focused on improving the quality of life for all residents.

    1. Matt Williams

      Mark is correct, the inconsistency in process from project to project is a major challenge.  The graphic below shows the difference in how Nishi 2016 was evaluated by the Finance and Budget Commission from the way Nishi 2018 was evaluated. The red box represents the “full life cycle costs” analysis parts that were included on the Nishi 2016 analysis but omitted from the 2018 analysis.

      What that inconsistency creates is uncertainty for everyone … developer and resident and taxpayer alike.   The City desperately needs to stop handling each development application on an ad-hoc basis.  The City needs to establish standards and stick to them.

      With that said, Planning Commissioner Rob Hoffman recently spoke great wisdom from the dais when he observed that the concept of “affordability by design” makes no sense in the current California homebuilding environment.  The cost of new construction is going to be well over $300 per square foot, soon approaching $400 per square foot.  That is the simple reality.  Changes in design (like the ones Ken A describes in his comment above) are not going to substantially change the construction cost per unit.  Neither are the marginal changes in development fees that Mark has described.  The total construction cost of Nishi reported by the City’s New Development Model is over $260 million.  If you add $1 million of development fees the cost per unit only increases 0.4%.  That means a $1,000 per month apartment rent will only rise by $4 to $1,004.

      What Rob Hoffman went on to say was that the only way to achieve true affordability in new construction is through “affordability by size” … by reducing the number of square feet that each unit contains.  1,500 square feet per unit at $400 per square foot costs $600,000 to build.  750 square feet per unit at $400 per square foot costs $300,000 to build. If a 1,500 square foot apartment rent is $1,000 per month, then a 750 square foot apartment rent will be 50% lower at $500 per month.

      The recent trend to one bathroom per bedroom moves both “affordability by design” and “affordability by size” in the wrong direction.  If the typical bathroom measures 10 feet by 10 feet, then at $400 per square foot, providing one bathroom per two bedrooms reduces construction costs by $40,000, which would mean a 750 square foot apartment would realize a $67 per month decrease in monthly rent.  That is a real difference in affordability.

      1. Mark West

        What was the FBC’s assessment of the cost of Measure R on the Nishi projects? Isn’t Measure R another of the City’s many exactions? Do you see those cost as simply being ‘incremental’ as well?

        A recent report by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation put development fees at 6-18% of the per unit cost of new single-family homes, depending on the City being studied, and none of those cities have anything approaching Measure R.

      2. Ken A


        I’m sure that some big homes in North Davis Farms or El Macero have 10×10 (100sf) bathrooms (most homes in Davis including most homes in North Davis Farms and El Macero have bathrooms smaller than 100sf).

        A Google search found: “A full bathroom usually requires a minimum of 36 to 40 square feet. A 5′ x 8′ is the most common dimensions of a guest bathroom or a master bathroom in a small house. ”

        With that said it might cost $400/sf “including the cost of the land” to build an apartment but it will cost MUCH MUCH less than $400/sf to add an extra bathroom to a couple hundred apartments that are being built.

        While “affordability by design” is nice the design has to be one that people want to rent.  No few people will pay top dollar for a small new expensive unit with only one bathroom when they can rent an older bigger place with multiple bathrooms for less money.

        1. Matt Williams

          Ken, the housing shortage n Davis is almost entirely in the multi-family rental demographic, so using bathroom size in single family homes as a comparable is an unusual place to go, but nonetheless you went there.  With that said, let’s engage your comparative per-square-foot cost of bathroom space to the per-square-foot cost of bedroom space.  Each square foot of bedroom space has two incremental costs over the basic costs any square foot of the multi-family structure has … carpeting and wall paint.  Compare that to the incremental costs a square foot of bathroom space has … plumbing the sinks shower/bathtub and toilet, wall tile in the shower/bathtub, floor tile, wall paint and wall fixtures (for towels, wash cloths and toilet paper).

          The graphic below shows a 3 bedroom 2 bath layout with one bathroom as 8.5 feet by 8 feet (68 square feet total) and the other bathroom as 7.5 feet by 7.7 feet (58 square feet.  Local apartment builders can weigh in on what the Davis apartment bathroom size is. Regardless of the actual square feet the bottom-line is that one bathroom to one bedroom drives up student monthly rental costs by between $33 and $67 per month for each resident.

          When you say “While “affordability by design” is nice the design has to be one that people want to rent” you are ignoring the point that the students are making that the alternative they face is sleeping in their car or renting outside the Davis city limits and incurring the cost of driving to Davis in order to go to class. The supply-demand curve for housing means that prospective renters are not in a position to dictate what amenities the apartments have. The accommodations that Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John had would be better than sleeping in one’s car each night.

          We need to take a page from the GIs who came back from WWII and the Korean War.  They didn’t have the baseline sense of entitlement that we have today.  Instead of simply rolling over and indulging that sense of entitlement perhaps we should reset our expectations at a more realistic level.


        2. Ken A


          UC Davis (as least in the last 20 years) has ALWAYS had a bed in campus housing available to rent (and the number of units available for students has been even higher since the West Village units came on like about seven years ago).  The most recent UC Davis BAE vacancy report shows almost 70 vacant bedrooms in town so no student that actually wanted to rent a place in town has ever had to decide between “sleeping in their car or renting outside the Davis city limits”.

          My point of mentioning the bathroom size of luxury homes in the area was to show that your estimate of a 100sf bathroom attached to a single bedroom in an apartment designed for one (maybe two) people was WAY off (since few apartment bathrooms in town are even half that big with the average probably well under 50sf).

          I think we all know that adding a bathroom will increase the cost to a unit but kids today are not like the GIs of the 50’s they are (mostly) spoiled little brats that laugh at my old car (1980’s), my old around town bike (1980’s) and my old phone (an iPhone 7).  Most kids don’t care about an extra $30 a month since they spend that in a typical weekend on “craft beer” (I know this since they also laugh at the beer I drink).

          If anyone “wants to live like a GI” (or poor family) there is nothing stopping them from renting a triple room on campus or putting two bunk beds in a bedroom off campus and splitting the rent four ways.

          P.S. The kids don’t laugh at my (1990’s) mountain bike or road bike and often complement me on my “cool vintage” bikes…

          [moderator: “they are (mostly) spoiled little brats” is really not acceptable. ]

        3. Craig Ross

          “The most recent UC Davis BAE vacancy report shows almost 70 vacant bedrooms in town so no student that actually wanted to rent a place in town has ever had to decide between “sleeping in their car or renting outside the Davis city limits”.”

          You’re just talking out of your donkey at this point.

          First, you haven’t accounted for cost.

          Second, you haven’t accounted for the demand out stripping supply.  Just because there are 70 vacant rooms at the time of survey, doesn’t mean that someone can actually find a place.

          Let me clue you in – if there is a decent place that come open off cycle you will often get – 100 or 200 applicants for it.

          As Sean said on Wednesday, there are people literally living in their cars, in libraries and on couches (couch surfing).

          You have no idea what you are talking about and you don’t want to know what you are about either.  Why don’t you get off your sofa and actually find out.

        4. Matt Williams

          Ken, I agree with Craig.  The housing market in Davis is very inefficient in disseminating vacancies information.  Those vacancies may in fact exist, but finding out about those vacancies is extremely difficult to do in practice.

          With that said, please try and be sensitive to the moderator’s thin skin.  Perhaps the term “very, very entitled” or “massively entitled” would have bothered him less than the term you used.

        5. Alan Miller

          >they are (mostly) spoiled little brats that laugh at my old car (1980’s), my old around town bike (1980’s) and my old phone (an iPhone 7).

          Wow, most of the student population is laughing at you.  Have you had yourself checked recently for acute paranoia?

      3. Howard P

        This is a complex issue… new consruction PRICES (much driven by COSTS) are going up… part of that is inflation, construction materials, construction labor, costs of approvals (in Davis, includes protracted City reviews, including many City Commissions, public scrutiny, threats of litigation, new building codes, push for more stringent building codes (LEED standards) etc., etc., etc.

        Dad bought the house I grew up in @ ~ $11/sf… 850 SF, 2 Br, 1 Ba, one car garage (San Mateo, 1955)… we bought the house we raised our kids in for ~ $ 53/sf (Davis, 1980)… we bought our current house where we continued to raise our kids, and still reside in, for ~ $100/sf (Davis, 1994)…

        Yet, because of all the costs of new constrution, inflation, etc., etc., we sold our previous house  (built in 1968) @ ~ $315/sf…

        Points are:  this is not simple… costs for new housing affect prices for existing (even old) housing… the more we ‘drive up’ the costs of housing that we can control, which we can do with ‘delay’ in processing, punative “impact fees” (not there yet, but some seem to promote this), new expectations for ‘perfection’/’models to the world’ expectations as to LEED standards (what comes after zero-carbon, LEED ‘platinum’?)…

        Duh… and someone can not see why we have ‘housing affordability’ issues?


  4. Craig Ross

    Not mentioned here (that I saw) the UCD was asked about ways to cut costs, a grad student brought up cutting admin salaries, and he immediately discounted that possibility.  Self-serving, but also not helpful.  If admin salaries aren’t on the table, they are never going to get to affordability.

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