OTSH CA's housing problem is real but it is also fixable.

California in the NY Times: People Love to Declare California “Doomed.” It Ain’t.

The state’s problems are real. Nevertheless, there are positive signs.
The first step toward fixing problems is recognizing them, and on that score, Californians have grown increasingly aware of what’s wrong. California is also blessed with abundant resources that enable it to fix problems that would be daunting for less endowed states.

our town st helena: converting empty malls and big box stores means changing zoning laws

Converting Empty Malls and Big-Box Stores into Affordable Housing Means Changing Zoning

A year of Covid means that we’ve learned to work, shop, learn and recreate virtually. The result is empty office buildings, hotels and malls. We desperately need more housing, especially affordable housing, so it’s only logical to convert those empty structures into housing. But zoning laws are standing in the way of making an easy building conversion.