Liam Dillon

covers California state politics and policy for the Los Angeles Times

Staff Writer for the LA Times

Liam Dillon on KCRW

Real estate developers have had a huge influence on New York state lawmakers for decades.

New York just passed sweeping protections for renters, while rent control measures died in California

Real estate developers have had a huge influence on New York state lawmakers for decades.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants L.A. and other cities to build more housing, and he’s using a carrot and stick approach. The carrot: $500 million to cities that reach their goals.

Gov. Newsom’s budget punishes cities for not building new housing

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants L.A. and other cities to build more housing, and he’s using a carrot and stick approach. The carrot: $500 million to cities that reach their goals.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Prop 10 would allow cities in California to enact stricter rent control laws. The campaign to defeat Prop 10 has raised nearly $75 million.

Why big real estate companies are spending millions to defeat Prop 10

Prop 10 would allow cities in California to enact stricter rent control laws. The campaign to defeat Prop 10 has raised nearly $75 million.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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