Josie Huang

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Josie Huang covers housing and changing neighborhoods for KPCC. She last reported for and co-hosted the evening news show for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Prior to radio, she wrote 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 Maryland and Taiwan.

Stories by Josie Huang

Measure S: The Los Angeles luxury housing debate

Measure S is rooted in a disagreement over the impact of new housing on L.A. rents. Supporters say luxury developments make housing more expensive, and they want to stop construction. Opponents point to the city's housing shortage, arguing any construction adds to supply.

Measure S campaign says mailers protected by free speech

The Yes on Measure S campaign sent LA residents mailers last week that were designed to look like eviction notices from the sheriff's department. The county says the mailers are deceptive, but Measure S organizers say they stand by the mailers.

CA economic concerns grow as Trump's immigration policies roll out

State Sen. Kamala Harris, business leaders and immigration experts cite economic contributions of foreign-born workers in California.

LA County is adding jobs, but the pay isn't great

A new economic report shows that L.A. County has regained all of the jobs it lost during the Great Recession, but most of those jobs are in the food services industry, which pays about $20,000 per year.

LA marks 75th anniversary of order to intern Japanese-Americans

The Japanese American National Museum will feature Executive Order 9066, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed to authorize the internment of 120,000 people of Japanese descent.

New housing law discourages 'cash for keys'

In L.A.'s hot rental market, some landlords are offering cash to tenants if they agree to move out. That clears the way for richer tenants who will pay higher rents. The city wants renters to know they can refuse the money and stay put.

LA's most blighted apartments will be inspected more often

On Tuesday, the LA City Council passed a law that requires so called "problem properties" be inspected every two years, instead of the usual four.

Measure S campaigns ramp up ahead of March election

If passed, construction developments that exceed LA's current zoning rules would be banned for 2 years. Supporters say it would stop developers from ramming construction into already-packed parts of the city. Opponents say a ban would mean less housing supply and higher rents.

SoCal's housing shortage puts the squeeze on workers

“We have fallen way behind in terms of being able to build and develop the number of homes we need every year,” said a state official who oversees housing.

ACLU wins release of LAX detainees, but says others still held

An unknown number of people still have not been released by border agents at LAX, attorneys say, as President Trump's immigration order is enforced.

LA affordable housing incentive program isn't working, audit finds

A new report from the City Controller's Office says the city's density bonus program needs a makeover.

Why your mortgage insurance isn't going to get cheaper

Put a small down payment on a house, and you're usually required to purchase mortgage insurance, which typically costs hundreds of dollars per month. An Obama plan to discount that insurance for FHA loans has been scrapped by the Trump Administration.

Women's March of Los Angeles fills Downtown streets with signs, songs

As the streets of Downtown LA filled with people, the march turned in to more of a stand-still rally.

Calif. housing activists protest Mnuchin confirmation

On the eve of Steven Mnuchin's confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary, LA protestors rallied outside his Bel Air home, denouncing his record.

Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.