On Jan. 19, UCLA Extension’s Public Policy Program held its 32nd Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The conference is the leading source of information on land-use legislation, case law, and the emerging issues that frame land use and development practices in California. It is well-known for bringing practitioners and academics together to discuss and examine land-use law, and delivering essential updates for the year ahead.
This year’s conference attracted more than 270 land-use attorneys, planners, elected and appointed public officials, developers, builders, environmental consultants, and conservationists from across California. The day’s agenda included a discussion on the housing crisis, transportation infrastructure, climate action plans, as well as update panels on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and planning, zoning, and development law.
The highlight of the event was the keynote address by Richard Rothstein, research fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America. Rothstein presented a national perspective of the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, providing several compelling examples of how public policy throughout history resulted in a segregated country.
Many thanks to the Humanities & Sciences staff, the AV Department, the Marketing Department, the Office of Government and Community Relations, and the Dean’s Office for their support in making this year’s conference another success.
— Stephanie Hoekstra