Program

The 2022 UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium is the go-to event for an in-depth examination of the interconnected planning and policy issues around transportation, land use and the environment.

This year’s theme is California’s Housing Crossroads.

Over the course of two-and-a-half days, sessions will explore how housing got to be so bad and what can be done to fix it. How much influence should the state have over local planning? What role should “the markets” play in solving the housing crisis? What are the underlying causes of and solutions to homelessness? Who is benefiting from homeownership, and who isn’t? And much more!

For an overview of each day’s sessions, see below:

Housing 101: Where are we? How did we get here?

The symposium begins with a general overview of the conditions of the California housing market, the myriad challenges faced by residents, and historical actions (and inactions) that led us to the current precipice. After this session, all Arrowhead participants will have a baseline understanding of housing in California, regardless of their prior education and experience.

Forecasting the Future: Where are we headed?

Despite progress on state and local policymaking in recent years, California still faces a multitude of persistent urban planning challenges, and an affordable, racially and socially equitable future seems far off. Authors of two recent studies for California 100 by the UCLA Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies and respondents discuss the linked trajectories of housing and transportation futures in the state, including both optimistic and pessimistic scenarios.

Markets and Market Failures: Choosing the right tool for the job

Which problems is “the market” best-suited to address? In which cases  are “non-market” interventions required, such as subsidies or regulation? Can market and non-market strategies work together or are they dichotomous? Speakers share their perspectives on finding the right balance, and policy and political changes needed to achieve it.

Why We Have Homelessness and What To Do About It

Homelessness results from the intersection of multiple economic and social risk factors. Nowhere are those risk factors more acute than in California. Speakers review the conditions that put people at higher risk of homelessness, and conditions that complicate the return to stable housing. Speakers will address policies that can prevent homelessness and the services and programs needed to humanely assist those experiencing homelessness.

State-Led Planning, and Its Discontents

California’s Legislature has taken an increasingly active role in housing policy, recently passing laws to streamline ADU permitting, cap annual rent increases, and increase local housing production targets, among others. The State’s initiative has led some local officials and community groups to push back. Speakers discuss the goals and limitations of this new planning framework, and consider whether a more harmonious state-local partnership to address housing widespread challenges may be possible.

Housing For Whom? And Where? And How?

The idea that production of homes must significantly increase to meet current and future needs is uncontroversial among most academics, policymakers, and advocates. But how should we do it? This session focuses on the many policy and programmatic decisions local governments — and perhaps the state — must make to advance fair housing goals, build homes at affordable prices, and mitigate displacement while enhancing sustainability and equity.

Homeownership In the Era of the Million Dollar Median

The median home price in the City of Los Angeles reached $1 million in 2022. Is there a future for homeownership in a region where home prices are more than 10 times the typical household income? How do persistent racial and ethnic discrimination in mortgages, appraisals, and other aspects of the housing market impact equitable homeownership? Speakers discuss the barriers to homeownership and its possible futures, including non-traditional alternatives.

Making the Case For Housing Reform

Every movement needs advocates, and successful advocacy groups need to organize. In recent years, new housing advocacy groups have formed and older groups have changed direction to focus on housing issues: production, tenants’ rights, subsidies, and more. Speakers discuss their experiences organizing for housing reform and running for office on a pro-reform message. What more can be done to advance housing justice?

Reflections

A panel of participants and the audience reflect on what they learned at this year’s Arrowhead Symposium

Interested in Attending?

The 2022 UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium is an invitation-only event for an in-depth examination of the interconnected planning and policy issues around transportation, land use and the environment. Those interested in attending should fill out the nomination form. We’re also providing a limited number of scholarships to those who seek to address justice in cities as part of their paid or unpaid work.

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