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Tom Steyer put his money where his mouth is, donating $91 million to Democratic and liberal causes in the last political cycle. In part 2 of GV Wire’s exclusive interview, he talks about two big problems facing Californians: water and housing.

California values are the basis for Steyer’s viewpoints. To him, those values revolve around justice, openness and optimism. “This is a state where everybody is welcome, where everybody is included, where everybody can live out their personal dream,” Steyer said.

As to the home ownership problem, Steyer says it is about inequality. “We have a dramatic shortage of housing, and as a result of that, we have housing that is extremely expensive,” he said. Steyer talked about local measures for low-income housing he’s worked on to help build up the supply.

With housing, there has to be water. Steyer feels that usage of groundwater is important. “This drought has forced us to think imaginatively and innovatively of how we collect the water, store the water and how we use the water.”

GV Wire asked Steyer about Sites Dam and Temperance Flat Dam, but he was not familiar with those projects. Steyer said collection and use are the best options.

Watch the full interview above.

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Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email