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A speaker at Santa Cruz City Council’s special hearing on rent control Aug. 7 said he was a father of two and computer programmer who could barely afford to live in the area because of high housing costs.

The financial meltdown of 2008 had deep roots in real estate lending. While banks recovered, homeownership has not.

The recovery that followed has left many groups behind – from older workers whose retirements were wiped out to younger workers whose careers were delayed. And housing has been particularly vexing for lower income families living in high income areas.

Jim DuPlessis

A journalist for decades.

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