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Housing Element Update Season is officially OPEN! Please join Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, YIMBY Law, and New Ways Homes for our “Housing Element Kickoff” event.

As our partners at YIMBY Law so fittingly say, “The RHNA/Housing Element process is the most important California administrative process that you’ve never heard of.” This is why housing leaders from across the Monterey Bay region must come together and make a plan to support our respective jurisdictions in the production of clear, bold, and forward thinking 6th Cycle Housing Elements.

If written and implemented correctly, Housing Elements can guide housing development and land use in a way that housing champions dream about: higher density, transit-oriented development, smart zoning, infill housing, reduction of vehicle miles traveled, and the list goes on!

Join us on Friday, March 12th from 10:00 am – 11:15 am to learn more about what a Housing Element is, why it is so important to smart growth, and how we plan to help. Also, please be sure to sign up for MBEP’s Action Center Alerts to stay informed about the Housing Element Update process and ways to get involved!

Meet our presenters…

JES MCBRIDE
Housing Element Coordinator, YIMBY Law

Jes McBride is a Housing Element Coordinator for YIMBY Law and the Campaign for Fair Housing Elements. With experience in bike advocacy, rail transit, and land use consultant, Jes loves exploring a wide range of planning topics. She has been involved in her local community through animal rescue, serving on the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, and as a community mediator with the Neighborhood Justice Project. In 2017, she founded Open Silo, a non-profit organization with a mission to support urban agriculture in Southern California. This project developed her superpowers of community building and technical assistance. She holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. Jes lives in Northeast Los Angeles and loves road trips, long range bike tours, and neighborhood explorations.

SIBLEY VERBECK SIMON
President, New Way Homes

Sibley is a social entrepreneur, a co-founder of the 180/2020 Initiative to end veteran and chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County, and a former award-winning technology innovator. As President of New Way Homes and Managing Director of Envision Housing, he works to help address our region’s housing crisis by developing new workforce and affordable housing without government construction subsidy.

JON WIZARD
Seaside City Council

Jon Wizard is a lifelong public servant, having worked in youth sports and public safety. Following a career-ending injury while working as a deputy sheriff, Jon transitioned into public policy and was appointed to several local boards and commissions before being elected to the Seaside City Council. He has also managed public relations for Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay. Jon holds a Master of the Humanities with a thesis on the militarization of police in the United States and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration. Jon’s superpowers are analysis and policy language. He lives in Seaside and enjoys using his pilot’s license to travel to new places with friends and family!