Housing, Equity, and Community Series – Part 1: Homelessness in Los Angeles
Tens of thousands of Angelenos, including families with children, are without homes every night. Many more are on the brink of homelessness. In response to this crisis, both the County and City of Los Angeles recently passed funding measures intended to provide new and needed services and resources. This discussion, moderated by Lewis Center associate director Michael Lens, explored the issue of homelessness, and the response of local institutions, from the perspectives of Suzette Shaw, a Skid Row resident and activist; Dora Leong Gallo, a developer of permanent supportive housing; Jerry Ramirez, manager of LA County’s homeless initative; and Jordan Vega of UCLA’s own BruinShelter.
Housing, Equity, and Community Series Kick-Off: “East LA Interchange” Documentary Screening
The 2017-18 series kicked off with a screening of “East LA Interchange,” an award-winning documentary about the intersections of pollution, transportation, and gentrification in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Afterward, Lewis Center associate director Michael Lens moderated a discussion with filmmaker Betsy Kalin and longtime Boyle Heights resident Nancy Romero.
A Case of Arrested Development: The Road to and From Measure S
Before it failed on the March 2017 ballot, UCLA faculty members discussed Measure S, which would have impose a temporary moratorium on development projects that require changes to zoning, land use, and building height laws in Los Angeles. The discussion was moderated by Rosslyn “Beth” Hummer, the chair of the Land Use Planning and Environmental Subcommittee of the Real Property Section of the L.A. County Bar Association.
Housing and Activism Series
The 2016-2017 series, produced with our partners at the Ziman Center for Real Estate and the Institute on Inequality and Democracy, strove to center-stage the people that have lived and are living through the massive federal policy change away from public housing developments. Installments included a screening of the documentary “70 Acres in Chicago,” a panel discussion on proposed transformation of the Jordan Downs public housing development in LA’s Watts neighborhood, and a community-led conversation on efforts to resist displacement in Boyle Heights.