Panel discussions on affordable housing will take place Oct. 14 at London Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local file)
9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 / London Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Room 3, Santa Cruz
Three panel discussions about affordable housing in Santa Cruz County will take place at an Oct. 14 event at London Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz.
The event is hosted by Our Downtown, Our Future, the group behind the Measure O campaign in 2022 that tried to halt the Downtown library plan. The event is geared toward residents and policymakers to learn about housing and open a dialogue on the issue. Santa Cruz Mayor Fred Keeley is expected to make opening remarks.
Panel One, How did we get here? 9:50-11:10 a.m.:
- Gabriel Sanders, director of housing and community development policy for the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership.
- Gary Patton, former Santa Cruz County supervisor.
- Miriam Greenberg, UC Santa Cruz sociology professor.
- Elena Losada, UCSC sociology doctoral candidate.
- Julian Crown, UCSC undergraduate and researcher.
Panel Two, Where are we at? 11:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
- Elaine Johnson, executive director of the advocacy group Housing Santa Cruz County.
- Emerald Waters, president of the UCSC Student Housing Coalition.
- Lira Filippini, lead of Catalysts for Local Control and co-chair of Our Downtown, Our Future.
Panel Three, Where do we go from here? 1:30-2:40 p.m.
- Tom Stagg, chief initiatives officer for Housing Matters.
- Diana Alfaro, lead of Santa Cruz YIMBY Action.
- Bruce Van Allen, former Santa Cruz mayor.
To participate: Tickets are online for $0-$25 on a sliding scale. The event takes place at London Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Room 3, Santa Cruz.