SLO County housing Summit

What will housing look like 20 years down the road?

The Housing Collaborative of the Central Coast is again convening experts to address California’s housing crisis. Keynote speaker Senator Scott Wiener will address policies on the horizon that could reform our state’s approach to housing creation and housing affordability. Following his presentation, SLO County administrative officer Wade Horton will moderate a panel discussion where experts in water and transportation will join Senator Wiener to discuss topics including:

  • Legislation on the horizon that could impact housing
  • How roads and water impact housing availability and price
  • Creative solutions to infrastructure planning and funding challenges

Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of what housing could look like 20 years down the road, challenges we may face and actionable steps we can take today to ensure that housing will be attainable into the future.

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Keynote | Senator Scott Wiener
Representing San Francisco and northern San Mateo County, Senator Wiener‘s leadership on the Senate Housing Committee includes introduction of SB 50, which aims to create more dense housing near major transit lines. Endorsed by numerous mayors, the bill will “spur more affordable housing near transit and job centers,” according to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Read about Wiener’s proposal.


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Panelist | Newsha K. Ajami, Stanford University
Ajami is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West and NSF-ReNUWIt initiatives. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, water policy and the water-energy-food nexus. Her research throughout the years has been interdisciplinary and impact driven, focusing on the improvement of the science-policy-stakeholder interface by incorporating social and economic measures and relevant and effective communication.

Listen to Ajami discuss water conservation and the need for more housing.


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Panelist | Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Carl Guardino is the President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association that represents more than 375 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers. He is also a three-term gubernatorial appointee on the California Transportation Commission. Known throughout the region as a consensus builder, Guardino has championed a number of successful ballot measures, especially in the areas of transportation and housing.

Listen to “Carl Guardino on Representing Silicon Valley in the Halls of Power.”


Laura Bliss, Housing SummitPanelist | Laura Bliss, CityLab
As a staff writer at CityLab, Laura Bliss helps to advance national conversation on the forces that shape urban land and life with an eye on transportation, maps and technology. Her writing and reporting has also appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic and Los Angeles Magazine, among other publications.

Read a recent CityLab article by Laura Bliss.


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Moderator | Wade Horton, County of San Luis Obispo
SLO County administrative officer, Wade Horton oversees the SLO County team of 2,800 who provide a wide range of services, including land use planning, public safety and emergency preparation, environmental protection and health and human services. Previously, he served as public works director advancing projects such as sustainable management of our groundwater basins and the Los Osos Wastewater Treatment Plant.


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Jeanne Radsick | Sponsor, California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.)
Jeanne Radsick, C.A.R. director and president-elect, is a 30-plus-year real estate veteran in Bakersfield, Calif. She has served on the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors since 2003, serving on Land Use and Environmental and Conventional Finance committees, and chairing the MLS Policy and Technology and Emerging Issues committees. Radsick has also been involved in the Bakersfield Association of REALTORS®, and served as its president in 2000.

Members of these organizations are invited to attend at the member price:

About the Housing Collaborative

The Housing Collaborative of the Central Coast includes the Economic Vitality Corporation, the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast and the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. The coalition aims to bring the community together to exchange information and work toward collaborative solutions to create housing opportunities on the Central Coast.


Learn more before the event


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