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Housing insecurity shines light on need for California rental data

Assembly member Buffy Wicks joined Catherine Bracy, executive director of TechEquity Collaborative, and moderator Shane Phillips of the Lewis Center for a Jan. 20 webinar to discuss the obstacles and opportunities for rental housing registries. Wicks, who sits on the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, has twice proposed legislation to create an online registry that collects and publicly publishes price and eviction data for California rental units. “As I have been trying to figure out what are the most precise ways we can target resources — how can we figure out new zoning laws, how can we figure out where to address more needs of our homeless community, all of these vexing questions — we need to ensure that we have evidence-based policymaking, and that relies on data,” Wicks said.

The event was part of the Housing, Equity, and Community Series, a joint endeavor by the Lewis Center and the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate

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In a new publication, Shane Phillips studies impact fees — charges levied on new housing — to assess their impacts on housing shortages and affordability problems. These fees, which fund many important investments including parks, schools, transportation, and affordable housing, are often collected early in the development process when developers’ financing costs are highest. Phillips proposes that cities require fee payment at a later date, when financing costs are lower, to boost housing production and improve housing affordability.
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Because transportation resources are unequally distributed among people and neighborhoods, many people face disparities in access — the ease of reaching essential destinations — that hinder their outcomes in life. Experts from across UCLA departments — urban planning, health policy, Chicana/o studies, medicine, public policy, public health, and social welfare — delve into the specific role that transportation plays in helping people reach essential destinations in jobs, healthcare, and education. This initiative seeks to create a greater understanding of what can be done to increase access to opportunity, especially among underserved populations.
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Feb. 18 :: Human-Powered Mobility and Just Transition
Cultural anthropologist Adonia Lugo from Antioch University Los Angeles will discuss sustainable mobility, race, and space with Lewis Center Deputy Director Madeline Brozen.

Feb. 25 :: Safe for Whom? Transportation Safety in the Context of Planning and Infrastructure Inequities
UC Davis assistant professor Jesus Barajas will discuss how identity shapes the way cyclists experience the streetscape, how safety has multiple meanings particularly for people of color, and how inequity in the distribution of infrastructure compounds police injustice in Black communities.

March 4 :: Policing the Open Road
Columbia Law professor Sarah Seo will discuss how the automobile fundamentally changed police work, and thus the concept of freedom. She’ll be joined by UCLA Chicana/o Studies professor Genevieve Carpio who studies the effects of police-imposed limits to mobility.

March 11 :: Compton Cowboys and California Love
Lewis Center director Evelyn Blumberg will host a virtual talk with multimedia artist Walter Thompson-Hernández about his book, “The Compton Cowboys,” and latest NPR podcast California Love about his coming-of-age in Los Angeles.


Feb. 17 :: A Landmark Opportunity for Park Equity A discussion with local and state leaders about improving access to public parks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb. 22 :: Transit Impacts: Fewer Riders, More Homelessness
Lewis Center affiliated scholars Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, associate dean of urban planning, and ITS director Brian Taylor will talk with LA Metro and police representatives about the challenges faced by transit agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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