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Having ground the MAGA anti-vaxx bingo caller into a fine paste, Gavin Newsom immediately goes big game hunting:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation allowing the construction of duplexes on most properties with one home, a severe curtailing of single-family zoning in a state struggling with some of the nation鈥檚 highest housing prices.

The legislation, a long-sought goal for proponents of more housing construction, also makes it easier to divide existing lots into two, potentially providing the opportunity for four homes to be built where one was previously allowed.

The median home price in California rose 144% between 2000 and 2019 to $591,866, according to the California Association of Realtors. Factoring in housing costs, California has the highest poverty rate of any state, according to the Census Bureau.

Researchers and advocates have said inadequate construction of new housing is a key reason for high prices and a driver of homelessness in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Mr. Newsom set a goal in 2019 of building half a million new housing units a year for seven years to erase the estimated 3.5 million homes the state would need by 2025.

Beating the NIMBYs is almost as satisfying as beating Elder.

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