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Monitor Notes: League Day Special


Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.

It’s League Day tomorrow! This week’s notes include an overview of the event, bios of some featured speakers, and information on the event program and a registration link. Scroll down to check it out, and don’t miss the event!


Bay Area League Day
February 19th, 10am

Solving for Housing
The Nexus of Housing Policy and Climate Policy

From Bay Area League board member Kathleen Cha:

Recognizing that Bay Area is in the midst of a severe housing shortage and climate crisis underscored by inequities, and that cities and counties must update their Housing Element strategies in 2022, it is an opportune time for League members to learn more about tomorrow’s landscape for resilient housing decision-making and what we can do to be part of a solution. 

Learn how leading environmental and housing advocates are coming together to create a more resilient California with nature-based solutions for how we use our land and equitably grow our cities. Hear state and regional experts discuss the housing landscape in 2022–what’s happening now and on the horizon regarding policy, legislation and housing elements, exploring critical actions being taken to increase housing affordability and availability for all, while also addressing climate challenges.

Register here, and check out the Bay Area League’s website for more information.

Featured Speaker:
Amanda Brown-Stevens

Amanda has overseen the development of a new mission and vision for Greenbelt Alliance, building on its 60-year legacy of advocacy to position the organization to work to build a more inclusive, climate-resilient Bay Area. She believes strongly in the roles of education, advocacy, and deep collaboration across sectors and jurisdictions to ensure the Bay Area’s lands and people are resilient to a changing climate. Throughout her career she has worked to shape how our communities grow and change to enhance our connections to nature, reduce our environmental impacts, and create vibrant, equitable, healthy communities for all.

Featured Speaker:
Christopher M. Jones, Ph.D.

Chris Jones is Director of the CoolClimate Network, a university-government-industry partnership at the University of California, Berkeley. He also serves as faculty lecturer in the Haas School of Business, and Program Chair (12th year) of the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference.

Jones is a leading expert in carbon footprint analysis, the design of behavior-based programs and regional climate policy. In 2005, he published the first comprehensive carbon footprint calculator, which accounts for the greenhouse gas emissions of all transportation, energy, food, goods and services purchased by U.S. households.  Through research, tools, education, outreach, and networking CoolClimate seeks to help shift talent and resources to the most promising climate solutions.


Full Agenda:

10 – 10:05 am:   LWVBA President Sherry Smith — Welcome and Introductions


10:05 – 10:30 am:   Keynote by Councilmember Melvin Willis, City of Richmond and ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment)


10:30 – 11 am: Panel 1:  The Latest in Land Use – from Federal, State to Local

  • Thomas Silverstein, Associate Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (State and Federal) 
  • Ken Kirkey – All Home Chief Partnership Officer; past Regional Planning Director 
  • Councilmember Janet Abelson, City of El Cerrito; Past President of East Bay League of California Cities


11:00 am – 12:30 pm Panel 2:  Save the Planet with Land Use!

  • Melissa Breach, Senior VP and COO, YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) 
  • Sarah Karlinsky, SPUR Senior Advisor, Housing as Infrastructure author
  • Amanda Brown Stevens, Executive Director, Greenbelt Alliance 
  • Graciela Castillo-Krings, Sacramento Advocates


12:30 – 12:45 pm: 15 minute lunch break 


12:45 – 1:00 pm: Resilience Playbook by Amanda Brown Stevens 

             Demonstrating Resilience Playbook and Wildfire mapping


1:00 – 1:30 pm    Panel 3:  Calculating Carbon Footprints and CoolClimate Network

  • Dr. Chris Jones – Director of CoolClimate Network, UC Berkeley and Lecturer, Haas School of Business.
  • Ben Gould – Co-founder and President of EcoDataLab, founded in partnership with Dr. Jones and CoolClimate Network to provide greenhouse gas inventories and climate action strategies for local jurisdictions.


1:30 – 2:00 pm Closing Panel – Housing Landscape in 2022-23

  • Moderated by Michael Lane, SPUR State Legislative Director  
  • Senator Dave Cortese, District 15, Chair of Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee.  Serves on Housing, Transportation, Education, Budget and Fiscal Review, and Human Services Committees.  
  • Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, District 15, Chair of Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.  Serves on Banking and Finance, Budget, Transportation and Privacy and Consumer Protection Committees.


2:00 – 2:30 pm     Wrap-Up Questions



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