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With its headquarters campus in Santa Monica, RAND has an understandable interest in addressing issues relevant to its longtime base. In fact, RAND's research on California and its communities spans a wide analytical range, from health, education, and justice issues to military, security, and transportation.

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    California Needs 1.2 Million New Homes. How Will It Get There?

    Voluntary incentives foster increased production of affordable housing, while mandates alone increase the cost of producing housing, dampening both market-rate and affordable housing production. It is well past time to acknowledge the evidence and focus on the adoption of voluntary programs that incentivize the rapid creation of dense, infill housing available at both affordable and market rents.

    May 13, 2022

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    California's Edible Food Recovery Mandate: One Solution for Two Problems

    Landfilled organic waste emits 20 percent of California's methane, and about 1.1 million tons of potentially donatable food were discarded in 2018. California's food recovery mandate, Senate Bill 1383, could make an important contribution toward mitigating the climate crisis and food insecurity.

    Jun 21, 2022

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