2017 Indicators Launch & Lunch

2017 Indicators Launch & Lunch

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Thursday, March 2, 2017, 11:30-1:30
Sobrato Center Redwood Shores – Shoreway Room
350 Twin Dolphin Road, Redwood City, CA 94065

Join SSMC as we kickoff our research on the cost of living and its impacts on our neighborhoods, health, and culture. We will present our findings on shifts in economic equity and welcome speakers on displacement and income disparity.

Enjoy lunch and networking with allies and exhibitors from local organizations working to alleviate economic pressures on residents. Come prepared to share your ideas to fuel our upcoming research on the cost of living throughout the year.

Speakers (see below for bios):

  • Tony Roshan Samara, Program Director of Land Use and Housing, Urban Habitat
  • Mark Leach, Executive Director, San Mateo County Union Community Alliance


  • 11:30 am – Registration, lunch, networking, and exhibitors
  • 12:00 pm – Indicators Report updates
  • 12:30 pm – Presentations and Q&A
  • 1:15 pm – Exhibitor introductions, networking, and exhibits

Take an active mode – walk, bike, bus, take transit or carpool – to the luncheon and be entered into a drawing for prizes! Looking for a carpool partner? Try signing up here!


Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins will be accepted, please feel free to join us!

Thanks to our Indicators Sponsors for making this program possible:

Platinum: County of San Mateo, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Gold: Cities/Towns of Brisbane, Colma, Foster City, Portola Valley, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco

Silver: Cities/Towns of Belmont, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Redwood City

Event Hosts: Sobrato Center

Want to sponsor the Indicators? Contact Adrienne at 650.638.2323 or adrienne [at] sustainablesanmateo [dot] org or donate now.

Speaker Bios

Tony Roshan Samara, Program Director of Land Use and Housing, Urban Habitat

Tony has conducted extensive research focused on the politics of development and the marginalization of low-income communities, with an emphasis on housing, gentrification, and displacement. Since 2007 he has worked with the Right to the City Alliance as a resource ally, and currently serves on the Alliance’s national steering committee. Tony has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MA from the City University of New York. Before joining Urban Habitat he was an associate professor of sociology at George Mason University. He runs the Cities and Globalization Twitter account at and most of his publications are available at

Mark Leach, Executive Director, San Mateo County Union Community Alliance

Before joining the Union Community Alliance he was the President and Business Manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 617 representing electrical construction workers of San Mateo County where he worked side by side with the Labor Council and the Building Trades Council on issues that affect all working families. Mark is a US Navy Veteran, has a bachelors degree in history from UCLA and served an electrical apprenticeship in San Mateo County. As a Union Leader Mark has focused on the politics of labor and development in San Mateo County, advocating for policies and projects that benefit the community while upholding standards in support of working families. He currently serves on the County Veterans Commission, the Housing Leadership Council and the Grand Boulevard Initiative.

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From the 2017 Indicators Report

Annual per capita greenhouse gas emissions in California have dropped by 14% from a peak in 2001 of 14.0 metric tons per person to 12.0 metric tons per person in 2013.

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