Reminder: LWV Forum | Zoning and affordable housing in Piedmont

Melissa Breach, Senior Vice President and COO, California YIMBY; Rani Batra, Chair, Piedmont Housing Advisory Committee; and Gloria Bruce, Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 pm.

Have you wondered what are other cities like ours are doing or what process the City will follow to implement the state’s Housing Element? Please join us on Tuesday, October 5th from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. to find out, share your thoughts, and bring your questions.

About Measure A-1

The Housing Element is a key part of the City’s General Plan and, by State law, must be updated every eight years. Its goals are to address Piedmont’s immediate and long-term housing needs and to set forth the City’s goals, policies, and actions to support increased housing. The City has convened a Housing Advisory Committee, comprised of Piedmont citizens, to help guide the process. 

Our speakers will include:
  • Melissa Breach, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at California YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) with a statewide perspective on housing
  • Rani Batra, Chair of Piedmont’s Housing Advisory Committee and Chair of the Piedmont Planning Commission on Piedmont’s housing element process
  • Gloria Bruce, Executive Director of East Bay Housing Organizations with examples of how other East Bay cities are making progress on their housing goals

Melissa Breach serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at California YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard), where she works to end the housing shortage and affordability crisis. Before joining California YIMBY in 2019, Melissa served as Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of California, where she worked to empower voters, protect democratic institutions, and find sound policy solutions to California’s most pressing problems. She currently serves on the League of Women Voters of the US Board of Directors. 

Rani Batra is leading the citizens’ Piedmont Housing Advisory Committee.  She is also currently Chair of the Piedmont Planning Commission.  She is a graduate of the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business and Vanderbilt University.

Gloria Bruce is Executive Director at East Bay Housing Organizations, the leading advocacy coalition promoting affordable housing in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. She has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Harvard University.  She leads several policy and coalition campaigns.

The second half of the program will be a moderated Q&A session with questions for Zoom participants and YouTube livestream viewers. 

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