Colloquium XVI — LOS ANGELES’ HOUSING CRISIS: Not the First Time

On Saturday, March 14, 2020 — The Los Angeles Region Planning History Group will present Colloquium XVI which is designed to learn from the past and apply its lessons to future housing policy. The heart of the colloquium will engage you in a facilitated discussion of strategies and policy recommendations for addressing the LA housing crisis both current and future.

The region’s first major housing crisis came during the Great Depression, reflecting both the rapid industrial build-up for war and the crush of returning G.I.s from World War II. Explore the root causes of the present housing crisis that go back the turn of the 20th Century. What threads, broad trends and lessons from past housing crises can we study and apply to address the present housing crisis?

    • What are the real-world impacts of the State’s past housing policies on the region?
    • How has the region balanced top down planning with local control in a world of NIMBY’s and YIMBY’s?
    • What’s the historic role of economics and changing consumer preferences?
    • Is building more housing supply linked to affordability?
    • What was the historic role of non-profit affordable housing developers in the region and will they survive without incentives?
    • Have past transit-oriented developments really worked in the land of the automobile
    • What mistakes did planners make in housing policy that damaged the quality of life in this region?
    • Can we avoid repeating the mistakes of the past?

SUMMARY OF THE PROGRAM and LIST OF SPEAKERS:

8:30 am – REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION)

9:00 am – WELCOME AND COLLOQUIUM FRAMEWORK – Marsha Rood, FAICP, President of LARPHG

9:15 am – KEY NOTE SPEAKER – Kenneth McCormick CEO, Mill Creek Development Company

9:30 am – SESSION ONE – The Root Causes of the Housing Crisis
Moderator: Ken Bernstein, Manager Office of Historic Resources, City of Los
Angeles

Panelists:

Housing through the LA Lens – Rising Immigration as L.A.
Comes of Age
– Liz Falletta, MArch, MRED, Professor,
Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

The History of the State’s Affordable Housing
Requirements
– Cathy Criswell, Board Chair, Mutual
Housing of California

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH THE PANELISTS

10:45 am – BREAK

11:00 am – SESSION TWO – Threads and Broad Trends: Lessons Learned from L.A.’s History

Moderator: Mark Herwick, Supervising Regional Planner, Los Angeles County
Department of Regional Planning

Panelists:

The Economics and Demographics of Housing
Dowell Myers, Ph.D. Professor, Sol Price School of Public
Policy, University of Southern California

The History and Impact of Non-Profit Housing
Developers
– Robin Hughes, President and CEO,
Adobe Communities

Recent:Implementation of Housing Policies in the Real
World
– Amy Bodeck, AICP, Director of Planning, Los
Angeles County

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH THE PANELISTS

12:15 pm – LUNCH (INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION)

12:30 pm – FACILITATED DISCUSSION: HOUSING FUTURES – Facilitator:
Steven A. Preston, FAICP, Former City Manager, City of San Gabriel

1:30 pm – COLLOQUIUM SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS – Ken Farfsing,
Former City Manager, City of Carson

Registration and Payment Options – $50/$25 (student) – INCLUDES CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

  1. Register with Credit Card via PayPal
  • Registration: $50 Buy Now
  • Student Registration (with Student ID): $25 Buy Now

OR

2. Download the complete Program Brochure and Registration Form (see link below) and mail a Check payable to: “Los Angeles Region Planning History Group” with the completed registration form:

LARPHG – COLLOQUIUM – HOUSING – Registration Brouchure

Mail the Form and check to:

Los Angeles Region Planning History Group
c/o Alice Lepis, Secretary
11227 Acama Street
North Hollywood, CA 91602

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