Housing has been in the news a lot lately. Is it a crisis? What is affordable housing? Why don't developers build housing most people can afford? Can government help? Why does it matter? As part of its Citizens Academy series, Engage Encinitas invites you to dig deeper into the topic of housing in Encinitas.Keith Harrison is a 101 commercial property owner who would get a huge financial windfall from Measure T's upzoning to high-density 3-story buildings. We don't know Josh Lichtman, but as a self-described "real estate professional," we're pretty sure he's going to be in favor of pushing more high-density development on Encinitas. Stephen Russell's SDHF is a high-density-pushing front group backed by SANDAG, developers, and mortgage lenders.
The discussion is not intended to be a 'debate' about the Ballot Measure rather an opportunity to learn more about this complex topic.
Hear from a panel of experts who will discuss what's possible or probable, the regulatory challenges and the economic, environmental and social impacts to our city and the San Diego region.
The discussion will be moderated by USD Professor Norm Miller. Panelist will be:
Keith Harrison, Encinitas resident and real estate investor
Josh Lichtman, Resident and real estate professional
Stephen Russell, San Diego Housing Federation, Executive Director
Conspicuously absent from from Engage Encinitas' "opportunity to learn" are any neighbors and community members opposed to the high-density development agenda.
As for the "affordable housing" in the catch line? Read the fine print. There's nothing affordable about Measure T's high-density luxury condos.