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Two upcoming events - history of housing in the Bay Area

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2019 07:48:41 -0700

Honorable Council Members,

I'm writing to let you know about two upcoming author talks about books
that transformed the way that I think about our cities and neighborhoods.

The first event is being held at the Menlo Park Library. It's a powerful
look at the politics and policies that shaped the Bay Area's challenges in
housing and environment. The second is in San Mateo on October 3rd and has
powerful Bay Area case studies of the influence of many different policies
on housing and how the history shapes our world today.

Adina Levin
Menlo Together


Tuesday, 9/10/2019 - Book discussion with Alex Schafran "The Road to
Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics."

From the publisher's description:
How could Northern California, the wealthiest and most politically
progressive region in the United States, become one of the earliest
epicenters of the foreclosure crisis? How could this region continuously
reproduce racial poverty and reinvent segregation in old farm towns one
hundred miles from the urban core?

This is the story of the suburbanization of poverty, the failures of
regional planning, urban sprawl, NIMBYism, and political fragmentation
between middle class white environmentalists and communities of color. As
Alex Schafran shows, the responsibility for this newly segregated geography
lies in institutions from across the region, state, and political spectrum,
even as the Bay Area has never managed to build common purpose around the
making and remaking of its communities, cities, and towns. Schafran closes
the book by presenting paths toward a new politics of planning and
development that weave scattered fragments into a more equitable and
functional whole.

Date: September 10, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Menlo Park Library, Downstairs Program Room
Address: 800 Alma St., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Contact: John Weaver, 650-330-2501
Email: jnweaver_at_(domainremoved)

Thursday, 10/3/19 - Special Event—THE COLOR OF LAW: The Hidden History
Shaping Our Communities Today

Housing discrimination on the basis of race and ethnicity is against the
law. Do you know that in recent history, it was actually required?

Richard Rothstein, renowned author of THE COLOR OF LAW, will deliver a
riveting presentation about the little known history of how our communities
have been shaped, bringing to light the forces that locked the requirement
of discrimination into place. This is a history that continues to have
powerful implications for our communities today. You are invited. to

The presentation will take place on October 3rd at the Congregational
Church of San Mateo (CCSM), located at 225 Tilton Avenue in San Mateo,
beginning at 7 pm. It will be followed by a Q&A period and a brief
reception in the CCSM community hall. RSVPs are appreciated but not
required. To RSVP, please go to

Financial sponsors for this event are the Working Families Alliance and the
San Mateo County Faith Leaders’ Solidarity Network. Other sponsors include
One San Mateo, Housing Leadership Council, San Mateo NAACP, Housing For All
Burlingame, DSA, Peninsula For Everyone, Peninsula Young Democrats, Menlo
Together, Faith in Action Bay Area, and Tech Equity Collaborative. Please
address requests for more information to onesanmateo_at_(domainremoved)

- Adina
Adina Levin
Received on Thu Sep 05 2019 - 07:48:41 PDT

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