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Governor's Plan To Fix California's Housing Crisis Faces Big Challenges

A crane stands at a housing construction site in downtown San Diego in this undated photo.
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A crane stands at a housing construction site in downtown San Diego in this undated photo.
California's governor made a lot of campaign promises regarding the state's housing crisis. A new report finds that a lot of those promises remain unfulfilled.

It was one of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's big campaign promises: to do something about the state's severe housing crisis. Newsom committed to getting 500,000 new houses built every year on the way to 3.5 million over the next seven years.

But home construction in the Golden State is moving in the opposite direction.

Newsom has also run into pushback from fellow Democrats in the legislature on issues regarding housing. He is also facing criticism that he promised too much, not just in regard to housing, but also on health care and criminal justice reform.

The criticism the governor is facing on the housing front is detailed in a new article by Los Angeles Times reporter Liam Dillon. He joined Midday Edition for some background.