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Josie Huang covers housing and changing neighborhoods for KPCC. Huang previously reported and produced for KPCC's Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show. She is a former reporter and co-host of the evening drive-time news show for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Prior to radio, she reported for dailies in Maine and Massachusetts. Assignments have taken her to Central America’s largest dump, a coastal Mississippi town recovering from Hurricane Katrina and the US-Canada border, which American seniors were crossing to buy cheaper prescription drugs. She grew up in Taiwan and Maryland, and attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Stories by Josie Huang

Could tiny backyard homes ease SoCal's housing shortage?

UCLA designers created a 500-square-foot pop-up home that can be mass produced. They want L.A. officials to approve a pilot program to put 500-1000 homes in backyards.

Fewer cash sales in Southern California real estate market

Cash sales make up 25 percent of real estate transactions here, compared to 34 percent nationally, says data firm CoreLogic. High prices have driven away flippers.

LA County sees biggest jump in property value in 5 years

The assessed value of all property in LA County grew by more than 6 percent. Every city in the county saw property values increase.

Top CA housing official to leave post amid renter protests

The head of the California Housing Finance Agency wouldn't comment on why he was leaving, but an LA tenants' rights group claims they "shamed" him out of office.

LA housing: A tale of 2 seniors

Lois Rubin, 66, needed an affordable place to live. She rents a room from Shirley Ross, 95. As Baby Boomers retire and face high housing costs, the option works.

LA housing developments panned for 'lacking character'

Councilmembers are pushing a plan that would give the city more say over the design of new subdivisions.

LA panel debates future of digital billboards (Updated)

A city committee is considering regulations on new outdoor signs and granting amnesty to billboards standing without the proper permits.

LA health workers fight lead poisoning in 'Promise Zone'

Public health workers are focusing efforts on parts of Hollywood, East Hollywood, Koreatown, Pico Union and Westlake.

Vernon welcomes newcomers in bid to shed corrupt past

Newcomers are moving into the just-built Vernon Village Park, an affordable housing apartment complex. The city's corrupt past was inspiration for the second season of "True Detective."

LA seeks ways to pay for seismic retrofitting

City officials say a state financing program could help property owners pay for retrofits over decades, and reduce how much cost they pass onto tenants.

California's cap-and-trade recipients announced

The state will set aside more than $27 million in cap-and-trade dollars to build more than 800 affordable housing units in Southern California alone.

Manhattan Beach council cracks down on short-term rentals

The City Council banned short-term rentals in residential areas if they last less than 30 days.

California court rules for city in affordable housing fight

Cities have broad authority to require developers to include affordable housing in new projects, says the California Supreme Court.

Short-term rental hosts on borrowed time in Santa Monica

A new city ordinance banning 80 percent of short-term rentals takes effect today. City officials have said they will ramp up enforcement over time.

City considering 'amnesty' for bootleg apartments

Councilman Felipe Fuentes wants to legalize apartment units that were added without the proper permits. He wants to tackle illegal garage conversions in LA next.