The Southern California Affordability Symposium: What is the Role of Water?

By Maya Prasad |

On Friday, February 7, 2020 the UCR Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty will be hosting presentations regarding issues on affordability in our region.

First, E. Joaquin Esquivel, the Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board will present the opening remarks, then there will be presentations by Professor Kurt Schwabe and Research Assistant Professor Jovanna Rosen. The conversation will be joined by The Honorable Eduardo Garcia, Assistant County Executive Officer, Sarah Mack, Principal of Ortega Strategies Group, Adan Ortega, and Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. The symposium will be moderated by Professor and Director of Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty, David Brady.

The event will be held at the UCR Alumni and Visitors Center on Friday, February 7th, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Southern California is no stranger to issues of affordable living. Of the myriad of expenses low-income families face, what is the role of water? Join us for presentations on issues of affordability in our region, followed by an audience-driven conversation with researcher and practitioner panelists. Light refreshments will be provided.

“I have always been interested in ways that we can make water more affordable for people in Southern California. It is vital that we start discussing the role of water and how we can make it more accessible to low-income families,” said Kamillah Pollard, a second year public policy student.

The event is open to all UCR students. Those interested can register via For more information about the panel, contact