California’s Housing Crossroads

Oct. 16-18, 2022
Lake Arrowhead, California

For the first time in three years, the 2022 UCLA Arrowhead Symposium reconvenes at its eponymous home at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge and Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead, California.


California has a housing crisis

High land costs, a shortage of homes, and income inequality leads to a cost-burdened population: Nationally, 49% of households that earn under $50,000 per year pay more than 30% of their income on housing, but in California it’s over 65%, and in the Los Angeles metro area it’s nearly 70%. Californians cope with this housing burden by crowding into cramped housing units, exiling to exurban or out-of-state markets with lower costs but increased climate impacts, and surfing between less secure housing opportunities with friends or relatives. Those with the least support end up without housing altogether, either in vehicles, in shelters, or on the street.

California’s Housing Crisis is a Transportation Issue

California’s housing crisis is particularly acute in coastal job centers and near public transportation infrastructure. Recently UCLA ITS assembled an expert panel of transportation leaders from throughout California to discuss the state’s transportation problems and policy options. Even with shifting investments to build a robust and reliable multimodal network, using pricing to manage automobiles, and making the system a safer place for all users, panelists saw increasing inequality, economic strain, and automobile dependence if these were pursued without making progress on the state’s housing crisis.

Charting a different path: How to fix the housing crisis

Housing policy is complex, but the solutions to the housing crisis needn’t be. Substantial progress can be made by addressing the need for: 

Each of these solutions is easier said than done. At the 2022 Arrowhead Symposium, we’ll focus on how to make these solutions happen in California. Each requires an understanding of the problems, a political constituency and advocacy, and institutions and professionals that can deliver new programs and expand old ones.

What can transportation professionals do?

The 2022 Arrowhead Symposium is intended for professionals, elected officials, and advocates working on housing, transportation, and regional economic issues. To build an understanding of and capacity to implement these solutions across attendee backgrounds, the Symposium will include a Housing 101 session and a demystification of the alphabet soup of California housing: RHNA, HEs, AFFH, CEQA, ADUs and highlight actions that transportation professionals can take to support housing solutions.


Kome Ajise

Executive Director

Kome Ajise is the executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments

Mike Bonin


Mike Bonin is a member Los Angeles City Council.

Adam Briones


Adam Briones is the CEO of California Community Builders.

Gregg Colburn

Assistant Professor

Gregg Colburn is an assistant professor at the University of Washington's College of Built Environments.

Jerusalem Demsas

Policy Reporter

Jerusalem Demsas is a policy reporter for The Atlantic.

Chris Elmendorf

Law Professor

Chris Elmendorf is a law professor at UC Davis.

Cecilia Estolano

CEO & Founder

Cecilia Estolano is CEO & founder of Estolano Advisors and Better World Group

Alex Fisch


Alex Fisch is a councilmember for the City of Culver City.

Richard France


Richard is a Principal at Estolano Advisors

Annie Fryman

Director of Cities

Annie Fryman is is the director of cities at Abodu.

Jacob Gonzalez

Planning Manager

Jacob Gonzalez is planning manager for the City of Pasco, Washington.

Meea Kang

Senior Vice President, Development

Meea Kang is senior vice president of development for Related California Affordable.

Megan Kirkeby

Deputy Director, Housing Policy Development

Megan Kirkeby is the Deputy Director of Housing Policy Development at the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

Jed Leano


Jed Leano is mayor of the City of Claremont.

Michael Lens

Associate Professor

Michael Lens is an Associate Professor for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Joan Ling


Joan Ling is a professor for UCLA

Laura Loe

Executive Director

Laura Loe is executive director of Share The Cities Community Education & Action Fund.

José Loya

Assistant Professor

José Loya is an assistant professor for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Michael Manville

Associate Professor

Michael Manville is an associate professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Adam Millard-Ball

Associate Professor

Adam Millard-Ball is an Associate Professor for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Rochelle Mills

President & CEO

Rochelle Mills is the president & CEO for Innovative Housing Opportunities.

Paavo Monkkonen

Associate Professor

Paavo Monkkonen is associate professor of urban planning and public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Deyanira Nevárez Martínez

Assistant Professor

Deyanira Nevarez Martinez is an assistant professor for Michigan State University.

Tommy Newman

Vice President of Engagement and Activation

Tommy Newman is the Vice President of Engagement and Activation at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

Thai Viet Phan

Councilmember & Attorney

Thai Phan is a City of Santa Ana Councilmember & attorney at Rutan & Tucker, LLP.

Nithya Raman

Los Angeles Council Member

Nithya Raman is a Los Angeles Council Member for Council District 4, City of Los Angeles.

Molly Rysman

Chief Programs Officer

Molly Rysman is Chief Programs Officer for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Mott Smith

Co-founder & CEO

Mott Smith is co-founder & CEO of AMPED Kitchens.


2022 Sponsorship Opportunities

Presented by

UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies


LA Metro




California Air Resources Board
Cambridge Systematics
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
National Center for Sustainable Transportation - UC Davis


Fehr and Peers

About the Symposium

Since 1991, the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium has tackled the connections between transportation, land use, and the environment.  Arrowhead’s diverse and influential group of policymakers, private sector stakeholders, public sector analysts, consultants, advocates, and researchers dive into these pressing policy issues every day. Here we’ve collected some of their insights from the Symposium, as well as information on their ongoing work and updates on upcoming events. Learn more about the symposium’s history.

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The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, which presents this UCLA Arrowhead Virtual Series, acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

Furthermore, we recognize that the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center sits on the territory and ancestral land of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (Yuhaaviatam).