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“Housing, Income Inequity, and Loss of Local Control: What's the Real Crisis & Solutions?"

The Club at McInnis Park Golf Center
350 Smith Ranch Road
San Rafael
March 4, 2020
11:30 am

Many advocates for affordable housing, local planning control, and environmental stewardship celebrated when Senator Scott Wiener’s bill SB50—promoting high-density housing near transit centers in “jobs-rich” neighborhoods—failed to muster the votes required to pass out of the Senate last term. Again in January 2020, a revised Weiner bill failed to win Senate approval and thereby was defeated.

In the view of critics of State-level incentives and regulations, dozens of other California housing laws have chipped away at local control to make way for corporate-owned housing. In their view, the narrative is often: “We have a housing crisis. Cities are to blame. State lawmakers know more about solving the problem than locally officials.”

While our March speaker, Susan Kirsch, agrees that we have problems of housing availability and affordability, she views the defeat of SB50 as the opportunity for a new narrative: Specifically, an opportunity to more honestly re-define the problem and thereby find solutions that promote people, not profits. In her presentation, she will describe her viewpoint concerning these intractable public policy problems and offer a different approach to the issue that emphasizes local leadership and creative solutions.


Susan Kirsch is shaping the new narrative. She is a community organizing consultant, 4-term Chair of the Marin Coalition, and former candidate for the Marin Board of Supervisors. Susan’s leadership starting Livable California, a coalition of elected officials and community leaders from the 9-County Bay Area and beyond, is credited with derailing SB50 in 2019 and again in 2020. She actively promotes solutions based on “The 3 E’s”: Educate, Engage, and Empower.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020; 11:15 a.m. (check-in and networking). Program and Luncheon begin at noon

Where: The Club at McInnis Park Golf Center, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael

RSVP & Pay Online by March 1st:

Cost: $29 (members); $31 (non-members); $35 if RSVP received after March 1 or at the door

Cancellations: For refund, notice must be received via e-mail by 10 a.m. on March 1

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Organization: Marin Coalition