On Wednesday, January 12, 2011, Urban Habitat and the Bay Area Social Equity Caucus (SEC) hosted its third annual State of the Region event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. The purpose of the event was to convene a wide range of decision-makers, policy experts, academics, and leaders from foundations, labor groups and community-based organizations throughout the Bay Area to identify effective solutions to some of the most pressing regional issues affecting Bay Area low-income communities and communities of color, and to foster the strategic partnerships needed to advance equity in the region. Over 100 people participated in this year’s event, which focused on the following four topics: mitigating climate change and retaining community wealth through community choice aggregation networks; leveraging regional transportation investments to create local quality jobs; preventing displacement in transit-oriented communities; and utilizing land-use policy and coalition-building to increase the amount of affordable housing. Some presenters who spoke at the event included Paul Fenn, President of Local Power Inc. and author of California’s Community Choice Aggregation legislation; Claudia Hudson, President of The Amalgamated Transit Union 192; Richard Marcantonio, Managing Attorney at Public Advocates; Carlos Romero, mayor of East Palo Alto; and Leslie Moody, Executive Director of The Partnership for Working Families. Keynote speaker Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, discussed the intersection of race, poverty, and health in the Bay Area.
For more detailed information about the issues addressed at the event or for audio recordings of the keynote address and breakout session presentations, please click on one of the links below: