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CLSA Housing and Infrastructure Roundtable Leads to Community Dialogue

April 16, 2018
By Reese Isbell

South San Francisco Mayor Liza Normandy addresses the attendees of CLSA’s inaugural luncheon focused on housing in April.

As discussed previously, CLSA organized a special event in South San Francisco in early April to formally kick-off an ongoing community dialogue around housing and infrastructure needs in South San Francisco. CLSA hopes to find sensible solutions to the housing crisis while simultaneously ensuring the long-term success of the thriving biotech cluster East of Highway 101. This roundtable discussion served as a unique opportunity to continue a conversation among industry and community stakeholders, an issue with which CLSA has a long history and track record.

South San Francisco Mayor Liza Normandy and Vice Mayor Karyl Matsumoto attended and were welcomed by CLSA’s President and CEO Sara Radcliffe. They both spoke about the housing issue and their vision for the City as we move forward, and stated their interest in hearing more from employers and employees in the East of Highway 101 community. Joining the discussion were representatives from the offices of State Senator Jerry Hill, State Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, the City Economic Development Director, and the City Manager’s office at City Hall.

Local housing organizations, including the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo, HEART (Housing Endowment and Regional Trust) of San Mateo County, San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group, offered strategic insights from their perspective and expertise in the Bay Area’s housing crisis. Along with industry representatives from numerous life sciences companies and others, nearly fifty people attended for this inaugural CLSA housing roundtable discussion.

Upcoming initiatives were discussed, including local and state ballot measures in the June and November elections as well as state housing-related legislation. Local planning discussions were seen as key to showcasing the desire for additional housing in the region, and incorporating compatible land uses near transportation hubs and existing amenities. CLSA will continue to engage on behalf of our membership relative to the critical issues of public infrastructure, housing, and transportation.

For more information on the subject or questions, please contact Reese Isbell, CLSA’s Director of Local Government and Community Relations (risbell@califesciences.org).