Episode 33 CA Housing Policy and The Great Divide: It’s Not Just a Partisan Issue Friday, July 23, 2021 Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Oakland resident Alex Acuña holds up a sign decrying a rent relief plan during a vigil at the Elihu M. Harris, State of California office building in Oakland on Jan. 29, 2021.Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters It’s no secret that the cost of rent and buying a house is one of California’s most persistent problems. And the pandemic has only made it worse. If there’s any group of people you’d think could force solutions on these issues, it’s Democrats. They hold a supermajority in the state legislature and the governor is a Democrat, but many of the housing bills brought up in recent years have failed. As CalMatters’ housing reporter and “Gimme Shelter” podcast host, Manuela Tobias regularly goes deep into the weeds on these issues. She joins us this week to help us figure out why Democrats can’t seem to agree on housing policy.