Occidental To Host Affordable Housing Seminar
A panel of experts from city government, academia and the private development sector will discuss Southern California’s affordable housing crisis in a seminar entitled “Affordable Housing: Dream or Real Possibility?” sponsored by the Alumni Board of Governors of Occidental College.
The Saturday, April 26 program in the Morrison Lounge of Occidental’s Johnson Student Center will begin with refreshments at 9 a.m., followed by discussion from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Thousands of Los Angeles residents pay as much as half of their monthly income for housing each month – far in excess of the 30% rate used to define affordable housing. “Even with the real estate market on the ropes, buying a house or condo remains a fantasy for the majority of Californians,” the Los Angeles Times reported last month.
In point-and-counter-point dialogue, panelists will seek to address both realities and potentials in the Los Angeles market, exploring what the housing crisis really means, examining “big-picture” solutions, and debating the pros and cons of rent control. The seminar will include time for questions and answers and audience participation.
Expert speakers include:
- James Kushner, professor of law and planning, Southwestern School of Law and USC – moderator
- Dr. Peter Dreier, Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair, Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College
- Rick Cole ’78, Ventura city manager, former mayor of Pasadena, 2006 Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year
- Tony Salazar, president of west coast operations, McCormack Baron Salazar, a national for-profit affordable housing developer
Registration fee is $10. Space is limited and reservations by April 20th are strongly encouraged. To register, or for additional information, contact Occidental Alumni Relations at 323-259-2601. You can also send a check, payable to Occidental College, Office of Alumni Relations, to 1600 Campus Road M-11, Los Angeles, CA 90041, or register online.
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