Roundtable Discussion on Regional Equity
East Palo Alto YMCA Community Room
550 Bell Street, East Palo Alto, CA
In 2010, San Mateo County boasted the lowest poverty rate in California at 7%. This should come as no surprise, as after all, it is home to some of the wealthiest corporations in the country, let alone the world.
However, to some San Mateo County residents, the fact that we live in one of the richest areas in the state and yet struggle with the brunt of poverty is a slap in the face. For example, a community that is 94% people of color, East Palo Alto has a median income far below the County's at ($50,137) compared to the county at ($87,633), a poverty rate more than double the County's, ($18, 014 vs. $45,346). From the Board of Supervisors to the Heads of Departments, no other county in Northern California has such homogenous leadership, even though people of color make-up 58% of the county's population. This leaves many residents thinking, "Why are we left out of these resources and opportunities in the richest region of California?".
The capacity to build the participation of San Mateo County and uplift our threatened voices, is all the more critical now! With affordable housing constantly under attack, residents of this county are in danger of being displaced. And if at the very least our voices are not at the table in discussions of fair-play strategies and prosperity, then communities like East Palo Alto could be wiped out in the next 10-15 years.
Join us as we assemble together to talk about strategies that will identify "industries of opportunity" & "places of opportunity" that can provide quality jobs to our communities. Through these community dialogs we hope to create a coordinated regional approach to expanding economic opportunities for low to moderate income residents & communities of San Mateo County. This will be the first in a set four Community Dialogs to take place this year through early 2014.