Maintenance and renovations aren't keeping up with the nation's aging housing stock, creating an influx of obsolete properties that's adding further strain to an already tight inventory of homes for sale.
California lost lower-income residents to other states over a recent 11-year period, while gaining wealthier households from elsewhere in the U.S. The disparity reflects the state's sky-high rents and home prices.
The same story is playing out, over and over: People are flocking to the Bay Area for high-skilled, highly paid jobs, while cashiers and teachers are, increasingly, saying goodbye to a place they no longer can afford.
A sweeping bill that would have given the state unprecedented power over local development failed in its first committee hearing, crushing the hopes of those who saw it as the key to making housing in the state more affordable.
Fed up with soaring prices that are increasingly putting homeownership, or even a decent rental, out of reach, Bay Area residents overwhelmingly say they want more housing built. But it better not make their commutes worse.