Join Capitol Weekly for CALIFORNIA HOUSING CRISIS.  This day-long conference will be held on February 8, 2018, and will be filmed for broadcast by the California Channel.

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Half the state’s households struggle to afford the roof over their heads, and homeownership in the state is at its lowest rate since the 1940s. Dwindling inventory and market forces beyond regulatory control have caused skyrocketing prices in many areas. Homelessness is at levels never before seen in the state. Is lack of housing creating a vast underclass and a two-tier society?

What can be done to ease the crisis? Incentives to builders? Changes to zoning/regulatory rules to expedite construction? Would tax system changes help?: Split roll? Repeal of Proposition 13? This program will look at new legislation and other proposed solutions.

A full day of speakers will discuss the scope of the crisis and possible solutions.

Capitol Weekly presents California Housing Crisis – February 8, 2018 Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building

Room 500, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Check in, coffee 9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcoming remarks: John Howard, Capitol Weekly; Tim Foster Open California

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Panel 1
Economics and Origins of the Crisis
Lisa Baker, Yolo County Housing; Richard Lyon, California Building Industry Association; Brian Uhler, Legislative Analyst’s Office; Rob Wiener, California Coalition of Rural Housing

Moderator: Katy Murphy, San Jose Mercury News

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Panel 2
The Scope of the Problem
Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair, Housing and Community Development; Anya Lawler, Western Center on Law and Poverty; Dean Preston, Tenants Together; Matt Regan, Bay Area Council; Darryl Rutherford, Sacramento Housing Alliance;

Moderator: Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times

Luncheon Keynote: Noon

Senator Jim Beall
Introduced by John Howard, Capitol Weekly

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Panel 3
Solutions to the Crisis
Michele Daugherty, Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California; Louis Mirante, California YIMBY; Ron Kingston, California Political Consulting Group; Marina Wiant, California Housing Consortium

Moderator: Erika Smith, Sacramento Bee

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m Panel 4
What Next? Where Do We Go From Here?
Tyrone Buckley, Housing California; John Lum, American Institute of Architects; Mike Madrid, California Latino Economic Institute; Ben Metcalf, California Department of Housing and Community Development;

Moderator: Matt Levin, CALmatters

Regular registration fee is $199. Registration includes lunch and all conference materials.

No-cost scholarships are available for students, and for anyone for whom cost is an issue. Contact Kathy Brown at Capitol Weekly, (916) 444 7665, for information on applying for a scholarship or registration fee-waiver.

Special $99 rate for California state government staff.

CALIFORNIA HOUSING CRISIS will be held from 9:15AM – 3:15PM, Thursday February 8, 2018 at Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, Room 500, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814.

For Sponsorship information, contact Tim Foster at (916) 444 7665 or

For Registration information contact Kathy Brown at (916) 444 7665 or

For questions about content, please contact John Howard at (916) 444-7665 or

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: The California Endowment, The Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, KP Public Affairs, Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California, Capitol Advocacy, California YIMBY, The California Channel and The California Center.

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