April 4th — Measure S Panel
More Housing and Better Neighborhood Equity in LA: Can We Plan for Both?
In the aftermath of the defeat of Measure S, reforms are under way to rationalize the planning and approval process for new housing development. The City of Los Angeles planning department is preparing to revise community plans and the mayor has taken action to make developer input more transparent. But major questions remain about how best to engage the citizens in supporting new housing construction, and what should be the principles for treating neighborhoods fairly in addressing city-wide housing needs?
Dowell Myers is professor of policy, planning, and demography in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He has been an advisor to the Census Bureau and served on the National Academy of Sciences panel that reported in 2016 on the economic and fiscal consequences of immigration. Myers is the recent winner of the Dale Prize for scholarship in urban planning and also received the Haynes Award for Research Impact. Dr. Myers is the author of Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America (Russell Sage 2008). He has a B.A. in anthropology from Columbia University, an M.C.P. in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ms. Goldberg brings to the table not only her many years leading the planning departments of two of the world’s most significant cities, but also many years of service to ULI.
Goldberg was Director of Los Angeles City Planning Department from February 2006 through August 2010. She was responsible for organizing and directing the policies and activities of the City’s Planning Department, including the development, maintenance and implementation of all elements of the City’s General Plan as well as a range of other special zoning plans.
Prior to joining the Los Angeles Planning Department, Goldberg worked for 17 years in the City of San Diego Planning Department, serving as Planning Director from 2000 through 2005. She oversaw a planning process to update the city’s 20-year-old General Plan. The result – which became an international model for urban revitalization – was a 20-year vision for the San Diego and a long-term strategy for achieving that vision known as the “City of Villages.”
Shane Phillips is the Project Director for Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc., and Policy Director for Abundant Housing LA, a volunteer organization committed to improving housing access and affordability for residents at all income levels. He is a regular contributor to the LA Times, and also writes frequently about housing, transportation, economic development, and other urban policy issues at his blog, Better Institutions. Shane has a bachelor’s in biochemistry from the University of Washington, and he is a proud (and recent) graduate of the USC Price School of Public Policy in the Master of Urban Planning and Public Administration (MPL/MPA) programs.
Damien Goodmon, is the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Crenshaw Subway Coalition (“CSC”), and it’s successor organization the Citizens’ Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line. At 21, Mr. Goodmon was named to the national staff of the Wesley Clark for President 2004 campaign, where among other duties he was responsible for supervising the development of over 400 student-community groups across the U.S. as the National Student Coordinator. After the 2004 election, Mr. Goodmon served as the Senior Communications Advisor and National Spokesman for StopJohnRoberts.com, a media campaign and grassroots network of activists organized to oppose the nomination of John Roberts to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Goodmon has also been a guest lecturer on issues of transportation, environmental justice and social activism at USC and UCLA. He is a lead subject of the award-winning documentary Beyond the Echo of the Drum, which premiered to standing room only audiences at the prestigious 2013 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner in France. Damien Goodmon is a graduate of Loyola High School and studied at the University of Washington, where he was a player on the nationally ranked Huskies football team.
Mott Smith is co-founder and Principal of Civic Enterprise, He is a founding board member of the California Infill Builders Association and adjunct faculty in USC’s Master of Real Estate Development Program. Earlier, he was as Acting Director of Planning for the L.A. Unified School District after serving as founding Executive Director of New Schools-Better Neighborhoods. He also worked as editor/business manager of The Planning Report. Mott is past president the Westside Urban Forum. He received a Master of Real Estate Development from USC and a BA in Linguistics from UCLA.