On Thursday, Sept. 29, the California Apartment Association brought together members from all sides of the housing debate to start working toward consensus on how to resolve the state’s worsening housing crisis.

Participants included representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups, including affordable housing advocates, lawmakers, builders, property owners and tenants.

Below, you’ll find footage from the forum. We’ve divided the video into four segments, making it easier for you to find the content  that interests you most.

Introduction and presentation from the legislative analyst

In the first video, Tom Bannon, chief executive officer of the California Apartment Association, welcomes attendees to the first California Housing Forum. After Bannon’s opening remarks, Mac Taylor, the state’s legislative analyst, discusses the state’s housing shortage.


Panel 1: What’s at stake?

Below you’ll find video from the first panel of the California Housing Forum, which addressed “What’s at stake for California? Perspectives on California’s lack of housing and why it is important.”
Moderator: Betsy Stark, Former Business Correspondent for ABC News

  • Assemblymember David Chiu, Chair of the California Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee
  • Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist for Trulia
  • Ben Metcalf, Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Sonja Trauss, Principal at the Bay Area Renters’ Federation



Panel 2: Barriers to building

The second panel of the California Housing Forum addressed “Barriers to new housing in California. What makes California a unique place to build? What are the challenges to new construction in California cities and how might we learn from other states?”

  • Brian Augusta, Legislative Advocate for California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Liam Dillon, Politics and Policy Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
  • Meea Kang, President of Domus Development
  • Robert Wassmer, Professor of Urban Public Policy at Sacramento State University
  • Marina Wiant, Policy Director for the California Housing Consortium

Panel 3: Possible solutions

The third panel of the forum focused on “Looking ahead. Possible solutions to California’s housing crisis. Concrete policy solutions for California’s housing dilemma.”

  • Tom Bannon, CEO of the California Apartment Association
  • Cesar Diaz, Legislative and Political Director at State Building and Construction Trades Counci
  • Matt Regan, Senior Vice President for Public Policy at the Bay Area Council
  • Mark Stivers, Executive Director of the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee
  • Roger Valdez, Director of Smart Growth Seattle and Forbes contributor explored possible solutions to California’s housing crisis.