Ambition, My Personal Narrative and “Harder Skills”

Ambition, My Personal Narrative and “Harder Skills”

As long as I can remember, I’ve had ambition. Some of the early career paths I considered for myself were Oscar-winning actress, renowned surgeon, or world-famous architect. Eventually, I picked a more modest career goal of working in urban policy, but my ambition stayed with me. I was lucky to grow up in an environment where I was encouraged to ignore the structural barriers imposed upon me — it never occurred to me that our society wouldn’t want a young half-Filipina woman to succeed or that my personal narrative was that important to my professional ambition. The role models in my family are immigrants, strong women, mavericks who defied authority…
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SB 50 and a Comprehensive Approach to California’s Housing Crisis

SB 50 and a Comprehensive Approach to California’s Housing Crisis

As nearly every Californian knows, we are in the midst of a dire housing crisis. Thanks to years of steady population growth and low rates of housing construction, the supply of housing is nowhere near enough to keep up with demand, particularly for low- and moderate-income families. Earlier this year, Governor Newsom announced a lofty goal of building 3.5 million homes by 2025, but I’m skeptical. That would require building 500,000 homes annually in a state where we’ve built an average of 80,000 homes per year in the last decade. Legislation, like the controversial SB 50, seeks to spur housing construction. The worst impacts of the housing crisis fall disproportionately…
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