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Candidates for California governor take on housing crisis

SACRAMENTO — Six leading candidates for California governor agreed that it's too hard to build new homes in California and offered wide ranging solutions to rein in exploding housing costs and rising homelessness.

The candidates spoke separately Thursday at a housing conference in Sacramento.

For decades, California has failed to build enough homes to meet demand, particularly in popular coastal cities such as San Francisco.

Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa, the front-runners according to public polling, took jabs from some of their rivals over their ambitious plans to spur construction of 3.5 million homes by 2025. Republicans Travis Allen and John Cox drew hisses for their skeptical views on subsidized housing, while Democrat John Chiang called for a massive influx of cash for it.

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