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PREC Update: Housing Panel Recap and more...

Friday, September 26th, 2020

STAY ENGAGED HOUSING THANK YOU! We had over 150 people who joined our panel “Racial Segregation and Housing in PIedmont: How Did We Get Here? How Can We Do About It?”

  • Irene Cheng, an architectural historian and PREC steering committee member, spoke about how Piedmont came to be one of the most racially segregated communities in the Bay Area.

  • Carole Galante, a UC Berkeley professor and former top HUD official, illuminated how Piedmont’s housing policies fit into the larger story of American housing policy and racial segregation.

  • Gloria Bruce, Executive Director of East Bay Housing Organizations, talked about how Piedmont can do its fair share to address the Bay Area housing crisis, and what a more racially just housing policy might look like.

Missed the event? We will post a link to the recording in our next newsletter and on the PREC Facebook page. Join the effort to desegregate Piedmont’s housing and diversify our community - the Housing/Zoning subcommittee welcomes new members.

To join, email We will continue the conversation from last night and follow up with City Council as the City’s planning consultant seeks community input on accessory dwelling units, and as Piedmont undertakes an important housing policy review in the coming year.


Please look out for our next PREC panel in October, turning the lens to the impact of racial inequity on education and schools:

Coloring Outside the (Red) Lines: The Impact of Racial Segregation on Piedmont Schools and Where We Take It From Here

Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2020, 7-8:15 pm Co-sponsored by Piedmont Advocating Diversity Committee and the Piedmont Education Speaker Series


  • Stefan Lallinger: Director of the Bridges Collaborative, a group of experts in education, policy, and housing focused on integrated schools and neighborhoods.

  • Rebecca Sibilia: Founder of EdBuild, a national organization focused on rethinking state funding for public schools.

  • Dorothy Lazard: Manages the Oakland History Room of the Oakland Public Library. She has hosted popular history programs, curated exhibits, and written articles with a focus on making Oakland’s history accessible to a broader audience.

Moderated by Carolyn Jones, senior reporter at EdSource.


To learn more about housing and racial justice:

Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Race for Profit


Diversify the City subcommittee

VERONICA FOR PUSD! Come to Veronica’s next meet and greet on Sunday, 4 p.m. if you haven’t had a chance to meet her. You can also get a lawn sign, endorse, or donate to show support. Please email with questions or to ask how you can get involved!

Housing and Zoning subcommittee

Our next meeting is on Thursday, October 8 at 7 pm. We’ll be discussing ADUs and room sharing as avenues for diversifying Piedmont’s housing stock. Please email for the Zoom link. New members are welcome!

Education/Schools subcommittee

Please email for Zoom link of the next meeting.

Policing subcommittee

Please email for the Zoom link of the next meeting.

Be well,

Your PREC Steering Committee

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Resources on Schools and Racial Segregation

Century Foundation report on Closing America’s Education Funding Gaps EdBuild’s reports on school funding New York Times’ 1619 Project, including resources to bring this project into the classroom The

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