On March 28, 2021, Mayor Alex Fisch requested that UCLA Professor Paavo Monkkonen and UC Davis Professor Christoper Elmendorf join a meeting with Culver City Staff regarding the Housing Element (HE). In the Mayor’s words, the meeting was “to make sure the HE is not status quo/useless”.
Additionally, Mayor Fisch asked if both professors would also join a meeting with the advocacy group, Culver City For More Homes. The purpose of the meeting appears to have the professors help the advocacy group understand more details of the HE “as a part of their push to reform exclusionary land use.”
The email thread shows Professor Elmendorf suggesting adding in two other advocacy groups: Abundant Housing Los Angeles and YIMBY Law. Mayor Fisch appears positive about those additions.
Note: UCLA Professor Paavo Monkkonen is also a Culver City resident and a member of the Culver City General Plan Advisory Committee.