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Join industry leaders at ULI San Francisco’s Housing the Bay Summit (Friday, March 23) as we explore origins and solutions to the Bay Area's housing supply and affordability crisis. Since early 2017, ULI SF has refined the Housing the Bay initiative with industry leaders and partner organizations from throughout the Bay Area. Through working groups, convenings and interactive educational programs, ULI seeks to bring the brightest minds together to foster solutions to the region's housing supply and affordability crisis.

Panels and presentations at the March 23 Summit will focus on innovative solutions in the realms of financing, construction costs, policy, and the public process. Speakers will engage in conversations on lessons learned, successful case studies, and best practices with local Bay Area leaders. The afternoon panel “Director’s Cut: Shaping the Bay Area Cities Through a National Lens” features planning directors from Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose as they share past experiences driving change and taking on the Bay Area’s housing challenges. Joining Libby on this interactive panel are William (Bill) Gilchrist (Oakland Planning Director), Rosalynn Hughey (San Jose Acting Planning Director) and John Rahaim (San Francisco Planning Director). With national perspectives and localized expertise, these planning directors are each developing and implementing strategies to build and preserve more homes, increase housing affordability, and provide the needed infrastructure to make all this possible.

ULI SF's Housing the Bay 2018 Summit takes place Friday, March 23 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. Full programming and registration information is available here: https://sf.uli.org/event/housing-the-bay/. Housing the Bay is a ULI SF member-driven initiative to foster innovative solutions to the Bay Area housing crisis in the realms of financing, building costs, policy, and the public process.

(Check out the buzz already generating for the upcoming Summit! Urban Land magazine’s recent article covering the Summit includes interviews with several Summit participants, including Xiomara Cisneros, Michelle Frey, Amit Price Patel and Libby Seifel.)

UPDATE! (March 26): Click here to view the presentation “Director’s Cut: Shaping the Bay Area Cities Through a National Lens”.


1978: Nearly two-thirds of California's voters pass Proposition 13, capping property taxes in California and dramatically changing our State’s fiscal and development landscape. Forty years later, a proposed ballot initiative to amend Prop 13 proposes to eliminate the existing inflationary cap on annual assessments for most industrial and commercial properties statewide, allowing non-residential properties to be assessed at fair market value and generate higher property taxes to help fund schools, infrastructure and public services.  
On Wednesday March 7, ULI SF’s Housing the Bay presents "Forty Years of Proposition 13: Truth and Consequences”. Moderated by Libby Seifel, the panel will discuss the “truth and consequences” of Prop 13, examining how it governs the collection and distribution of property taxes and how this landmark initiative has affected the fiscal and development landscape throughout California. Fred Diaz (City Manager of Fremont), Brian Uhler (Principal Fiscal & Policy Analyst at the California Legislative Analyst's Office), Tom Bannon (California Apartment Association CEO), and Ben Grieff (Campaign Director at Evolve) will share their insights and explore how Prop 13 affects housing costs, new housing development and property turnover.
"Forty Years of Proposition 13: Truth and Consequences" takes place Wednesday, March 7 at 5pm. Prologis Ventures has graciously opened their doors (at Pier 1, Bay 1, Embarcadero, San Francisco) for this panel. Full event details and registration are available here: https://sf.uli.org/event/forty-years-prop-13-truth-consequences/
This program is part of ULI SF’s Housing the Bay, a ULI SF member-driven initiative to foster innovative solutions to the Bay Area housing crisis in the realms of financing, building costs, policy, and the public process. This panel has been coordinated by our Innovative Financing group and is a lead-up program for the ULI SF Housing Summit on Friday, March 23, 2018.

UPDATE! (March 8): Click here to view the presentation "Forty Years of Proposition 13: Truth and Consequences”.