California housing measures offer hope for high-cost Salinas

In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, sprinklers run as a farmworker walks through a broccoli field in Salinas, Calif. Like many California cities, Salinas, dubbed the "Salad Bowl of the World" because the surrounding farmland produces most of the lettuce on Earth, suffers from a lack of available affordable housing and space to build more. Housing prices have exploded, with the median cost of a home now $549,000, according to Zillow. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, sprinklers run as a farmworker walks through a broccoli field in Salinas, Calif. Like many California cities, Salinas, dubbed the "Salad Bowl of the World" because the surrounding farmland produces most of the lettuce on Earth, suffers from a lack of available affordable housing and space to build more. Housing prices have exploded, with the median cost of a home now $549,000, according to Zillow. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo, retired farmworker Alberto Alvarez is silhouetted as he strolls around downtown Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo, retired farmworker Alberto Alvarez is silhouetted as he strolls around downtown Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, a farmworker picks strawberries in Salinas, Calif. Like many California cities, Salinas, dubbed the "Salad Bowl of the World" because the surrounding farmland produces most of the lettuce on Earth, suffers from a lack of available affordable housing and space to build more. Housing prices have exploded, with the median cost of a home now $549,000, according to Zillow. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, a farmworker picks strawberries in Salinas, Calif. Like many California cities, Salinas, dubbed the "Salad Bowl of the World" because the surrounding farmland produces most of the lettuce on Earth, suffers from a lack of available affordable housing and space to build more. Housing prices have exploded, with the median cost of a home now $549,000, according to Zillow. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo, middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers sits on her sofa as her 2-year-old daughter walks up the steps leading to the master bedroom in Salinas, Calif. Powers rents out the master bedroom for $800 a month to afford the mortgage on the three-bedroom home she purchased in 2015. "I work, work, work, work, work. I take every extra pay job I can do, and I never quite get ahead," Powers said one recent evening after school. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo, middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers sits on her sofa as her 2-year-old daughter walks up the steps leading to the master bedroom in Salinas, Calif. Powers rents out the master bedroom for $800 a month to afford the mortgage on the three-bedroom home she purchased in 2015. "I work, work, work, work, work. I take every extra pay job I can do, and I never quite get ahead," Powers said one recent evening after school. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo, middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers, background left, works on her computer as her boyfriend, Jean-Paul Varagnat, chats with their two daughters around the dinner table in Salinas, Calif. Powers rents out the master bedroom for $800 a month to afford the mortgage on the three-bedroom home she purchased in 2015. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo, middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers, background left, works on her computer as her boyfriend, Jean-Paul Varagnat, chats with their two daughters around the dinner table in Salinas, Calif. Powers rents out the master bedroom for $800 a month to afford the mortgage on the three-bedroom home she purchased in 2015. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
CORRECTS NAME TO SASHA NUNEZ FROM ARACELI NUNEZ - In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, photo, Lilia Coyt, center left, and Coyt's daughter-in-law, Sasha Nunez, feed babies in their four-bedroom home, where three generations and 15 members of the family are jammed into, in Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
CORRECTS NAME TO SASHA NUNEZ FROM ARACELI NUNEZ - In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, photo, Lilia Coyt, center left, and Coyt's daughter-in-law, Sasha Nunez, feed babies in their four-bedroom home, where three generations and 15 members of the family are jammed into, in Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, a group of strawberry pickers from Mexico prepare dinner outside their mobile home in Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, a group of strawberry pickers from Mexico prepare dinner outside their mobile home in Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, photo, a food vendor passes through a mobile home park, where the majority of tenants are farm workers, in Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, photo, a food vendor passes through a mobile home park, where the majority of tenants are farm workers, in Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, photo, three men play basketball at a park in front of newly built homes in Salinas, Calif. Salinas is an affordable location compared to Silicon Valley, where median home prices are about $1 million, but with a less-wealthy population and a median home price that has ballooned to about $550,000 it's one of the least affordable places in America. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, photo, three men play basketball at a park in front of newly built homes in Salinas, Calif. Salinas is an affordable location compared to Silicon Valley, where median home prices are about $1 million, but with a less-wealthy population and a median home price that has ballooned to about $550,000 it's one of the least affordable places in America. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, pickup trucks run between farmlands and residential areas in Salinas, Calif. Salinas is an affordable location compared to Silicon Valley, where median home prices are about $1 million, but with a less-wealthy population and a median home price that has ballooned to about $550,000, it's one of the least affordable places in America. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, pickup trucks run between farmlands and residential areas in Salinas, Calif. Salinas is an affordable location compared to Silicon Valley, where median home prices are about $1 million, but with a less-wealthy population and a median home price that has ballooned to about $550,000, it's one of the least affordable places in America. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo, a tractor plows in a field near apartment buildings in Salinas, Calif. Salinas is an affordable location compared to Silicon Valley, where median home prices are about $1 million, but with a less-wealthy population and a median home price that has ballooned to about $550,000, it's one of the least affordable places in America. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, photo, a tractor plows in a field near apartment buildings in Salinas, Calif. Salinas is an affordable location compared to Silicon Valley, where median home prices are about $1 million, but with a less-wealthy population and a median home price that has ballooned to about $550,000, it's one of the least affordable places in America. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, photo, a student walks past a lawn sign supporting Robert Rivas, a Democratic candidate for California's 30th State Assembly District in Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, photo, a student walks past a lawn sign supporting Robert Rivas, a Democratic candidate for California's 30th State Assembly District in Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, photo, cars are double-parked in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Salinas, Calif. Salinas is an affordable location compared to Silicon Valley, where median home prices are about $1 million, but with a less-wealthy population and a median home price that has ballooned to about $550,000, it's one of the least affordable places in America. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, photo, cars are double-parked in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Salinas, Calif. Salinas is an affordable location compared to Silicon Valley, where median home prices are about $1 million, but with a less-wealthy population and a median home price that has ballooned to about $550,000, it's one of the least affordable places in America. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, Jose Contrares, who shares an apartment with seven people, sells flowers in the parking lot of a strip mall in Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, photo, Jose Contrares, who shares an apartment with seven people, sells flowers in the parking lot of a strip mall in Salinas, Calif. Few cities exemplify California's housing crisis better than Salinas, an hour's drive from Silicon Valley and surrounded by farm fields. It's one of America's most unaffordable places to live, and many residents believe politicians lack a grip on the reality of the region's housing crisis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, photo, electrical wires run into an apartment building as a room is lit by a TV screen in Salinas, Calif. Nearly a quarter of the state's resident's live in poverty, the highest rate in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Median annual earnings in the state rose by a fraction of the increase in housing costs from 2006 to 2016, according to the California Budget and Policy Center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, photo, electrical wires run into an apartment building as a room is lit by a TV screen in Salinas, Calif. Nearly a quarter of the state's resident's live in poverty, the highest rate in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Median annual earnings in the state rose by a fraction of the increase in housing costs from 2006 to 2016, according to the California Budget and Policy Center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, photo, a group of farm workers pick broccoli in Salinas, Calif. Like many California cities, Salinas, dubbed the "Salad Bowl of the World" because the surrounding farmland produces most of the lettuce on Earth, suffers from a lack of available affordable housing and space to build more. Housing prices have exploded, with the median cost of a home now $549,000, according to Zillow. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, photo, a group of farm workers pick broccoli in Salinas, Calif. Like many California cities, Salinas, dubbed the "Salad Bowl of the World" because the surrounding farmland produces most of the lettuce on Earth, suffers from a lack of available affordable housing and space to build more. Housing prices have exploded, with the median cost of a home now $549,000, according to Zillow. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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