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Our Downtown, Our Future

The Measure O campaign taught us something crucial — we all want affordable housing, a great library, sustainable/efficient parking, and thriving community spaces — we just had different views on how to achieve them. 

Convening Community — Information, Discussion, Action

Introducing our first conference!

Affordable Housing in Santa Cruz:

Diverse Perspectives on Our Crisis

Saturday, October 14, 2023

9:15am to 3:15pm

Lunch provided Erik's Deli sandwiches (w/ vegan options) & salads

London Nelson Center — Room 3

301 Center Street, Santa Cruz

This in-person event includes three panels discussing the crisis of affordable housing in our community: how did we get here, where are we at, and where can we go from here?  Come and hear diverse perspectives on causes and solutions. Whether you're a concerned citizen, a local policymaker, or simply want to learn more, we hope you will take part! Don't miss this opportunity for dialogue. Together, let's work towards sufficient affordable housing in Santa Cruz!

(sliding scale — Free to $25 donation)

Conference Schedule:

9:15am - 9:40am — Registration, coffee and bagels!

9:40am - 9:50am — Greetings and opening remarks by Mayor Fred Keeley!

9:50am - 11:10am — Panel One: How Did We Get Here? 

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Gabriel Sanders, Director of Housing & Community Development Policy,    Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

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Gary Patton, Former County Supervisor, Santa Cruz County

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Miriam Greenberg,

Professor of Sociology, UCSC

Julian Crown,

Undergraduate student

researcher, UCSC

Elena Losada, PhD Student,

Sociology, UCSC

11:15am - 12:30pm — Panel Two: Where Are We At?  

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Elaine Johnson, Executive Director, Housing Santa Cruz County

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Emerald Waters, President, UCSC Student Housing Coalition

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Lira Filippini, Lead, Catalysts for Local Control

12:30pm - 1:30pm — Lunch w/ sandwiches & salads from Erick's Deli                (including vegan options)

1:30pm - 2:40pm — Panel Three: Where Do We Go From Here?  

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Tom Stagg, Chief Initiatives Officer, Housing Matters​

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Diana Alfaro, Lead, Santa Cruz YIMBY Action & Affordable Housing Development

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Bruce Van Allen, Former MayorCity of Santa Cruz & Trustee on the

Santa Cruz County      Board of Education

2:40pm - 3:15pm — Final Discussions, Dialogue, How to Get Involved, Tabling!

With Co-Sponsors

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