A recent New York Times article featured California resident Shelia James, who rises at 2:15 am each morning to get ready for her day as a public health adviser. Her commute time is three hours each way, and includes two trains and a bus — all because she can’t afford to live near her work in San Francisco.
Larry commented on the absurdity of the situation, explaining that because of rising housing prices, and because wages aren’t keeping up, working people have to live farther and farther from their jobs. “It raises questions about our economy, about the need to secure affordable housing, but also speaks to the role that public transit plays in our local economy,” he said.
Tune in to hear Larry discuss the upcoming budget battle, TTD’s legislative priority in the coming months, and the troubling trends separating affordable housing from job centers.