South Coast Housing 2030: Saying “Yes” Today
Free and open to the public, this annual housing forum is hosted by the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara (LWVSB). A panel of local leaders will share ideas and answer questions about what we should say “Yes” to in order to provide housing security in the South County.
Laura Capps, SB County Supervisor and former Board Member, Santa Barbara United School District
Gabe Escobedo, Board Member, Santa Barbara United School District and former Chair, City of SB Planning Commission
Julia Hamilton, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
Hilda Maldonado, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Lisa Plowman, Director of Planning and Development, Santa Barbara County
Frank Rodriguez, CAUSE, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy
Stanley Tzankov, Santa Barbara Tenants Union Co-Founder
This community housing forum comes at a time when there are more questions than answers about how to tackle our ever-growing housing crisis. Cooperative planning that should be happening now with the Housing Element process is being threatened by polarizing pressure from the state.
As our cities and county push to plan for the state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), they have not had a clear path forward. The LWVSB is pleased to host a stellar panel who are looking at lights at the end of this housing crisis tunnel.
We know what we want and can say “yes” to:
● Local workers, many with essential jobs, and families with children being able to live here
● Full-time residents not being displaced by second home residents and illegal airbnbs
● Maintaining diversity, with full-time residents who contribute to our cultural and economic vitality
● Fewer commuters and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions
Community leaders and county planners are taking on this challenge and as a recent letter from three local school districts highlights, it’s time to step up as our community did more than 50 years ago when confronting another crisis:
“Equitable, affordable housing projects are essential to any path forward for South Coast housing. Our county has led unprecedented efforts such as environmental impact protections and can become a leader in this critical area as well.” - letter to the County from Santa Barbara, Hope and Goleta school district superintendents and teacher associations
For a Zoom link to this online forum, send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to lwvsantabarbara.org.