Last week, California lawmakers turned down legislation to allow duplex apartments in neighborhoods that are now reserved for single-family homes. This was the latest failure after several unsuccessful efforts over the past few years.

However, the decision was fraught with drama when legislators in the assembly passed Senate Draft 1120 after a long debate. However, that vote took place so late on the evening of August 31 that there was insufficient time for the measure to return to the Senate for a final vote before the legislature's midnight time limit for the adjournment of the year.

In this episode of Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast, we explain why the bill failed and discuss a groundbreaking deal that will enable tenants financially affected by the coronavirus to prevent evictions. Our guest is MP Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) who, despite her recent birth, was forced to come to the Capitol because the Congregation Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) rejected her remote vote request. (Rendon later apologized.) Wicks gave a passionate speech on behalf of SB 1120 on the floor of the congregation while holding their daughter.

"Gimme Shelter," a biweekly podcast examining why California is so expensive to live and what the state can do about it, features Liam Dillon, who researches housing affordability for the Los Angeles Times, and Matt Levin, data and housing reporter for CalMatters.

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