Book to Action: Housing in Santa Barbara | Central

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An architect, activist, community organizer, academic and a public servant walk into a library to solve the housing crisis. The housing crisis is not a joke! Santa Barbara Public Library’s Book to Action Program, and UCSB Reads, a program of UCSB Library, invite the public to a panel discussion about local housing policy, challenges and possible solutions.

Panel Members:

  • Barbara Anderson, Senior Assistant to City Administrator
  • Frank Rodriguez, Policy & Communications Associate, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) 
  • Lucrezia R. de Leon, Architectural Designer, Vanguard Planning, Inc
  • Stanley Tzankov, Santa Barbara Tenants Union
  • Waverly Duck, Ph.D., Urban Ethnographer, University of California, Santa Barbara

Moderator - Josh Molina, Journalist 

To view some of the guiding questions, click here.

This event is in conjunction with Santa Barbara Public Library’s annual Book to Action selection “Golden Gates: The Housing Crisis and a Reckoning for the American Dream” by Conor Dougherty, and UCSB Reads 2023. The UCSB Reads 2023 selection, “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design” by Charles Montgomery, explores how city planning and personal decisions can have profound implications for social equity, sustainability, and our overall well-being. Audience members will receive a complementary copy of Dougherty’s book

This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.