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Affordable housing wonks unite!

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is holding a breakfast forum on affordable housing Wednesday morning. The event, which will take place at the Holiday Inn San Diego on the Bay between 7 and 9 a.m. promises to be a lively one, as a panel of experts debates the costs and benefits of building affordable housing in San Diego today.

I’m moderating the event, and I expect to ask the panel to drill into some of the hot topics I’ve been taking a look at recently.

We’ll be discussing the costs involved with affordable housing development, and the relative costs and benefits of the public policy goals that have become part of the affordable housing development process in California.

That means taking a close look at the pros and cons of building projects that are environmentally friendly and close to transit and schools. We’ll also be discussing the merits of providing services like free high-speed internet, community rooms and training on issues like personal finances.

Joining me will be Rick Gentry, CEO of the Housing Commission; Susan Tinsky, executive director of the San Diego Housing Federation; Matt Adams, vice president of the Building Industry Association of San Diego; Jeff Graham, vice president of redevelopment at the Centre City Development Corp.; and James Schmid, founder and CEO of Chelsea Investment Corp., a Carlsbad-based affordable housing developer.

You can find out more details about the event here.

Please come and join us for what promises to be a fun, if heated, discussion.

Please contact Will Carless directly at or at 619.550.5670.

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Will Carless

Will Carless was formerly the head of investigations at Voice of San Diego.

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