MEDIA ADVISORY / ONSITE COVERAGE REQUEST:
SAT/SUN, MARCH 15 & 16
Media Contact: David Perry & Associates, Inc / David Perry
(415) 693-0583 / cell: (415) 676-7007 /
WHAT: Threshold 2008
A Countywide Assembly on Housing Choices for San Mateo County
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, March 15 & 16
8am ‘til 5pm: sessions
5pm ‘til 7pm: reception (Saturday only)
WHERE: Caņada College / Building 3, Main Theatre
4200 Farm Hill Boulevard
Redwood City, CA 94061
WHY: How do we address the housing needs of our community?
What are the choices and trade-offs? What do the people of San Mateo
County want their leaders to do? On the weekend of March 15-16,
Threshold 2008 (www.threshold2008.org) will convene a Countywide
Assembly on Housing Choices at Caņada College in Redwood City.
At the Assembly, 400 residents of San Mateo County will engage in
two days of deliberation focused on solutions to address the
region’s future housing needs.
Participants in this unprecedented assembly are a scientifically
selected random sample of the county population – a microcosm of San
Mateo County in one room. The method of deliberation being used by
Threshold 2008 is a combination of facilitated small group
discussions and plenary sessions in which participants ask questions
of experts. The weekend has been organized by Threshold 2008 working
in coordination with Dr. Jim Fishkin and other experts from
Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy.
“The value to decision makers is the opportunity to hear a cross
section of the county population speaking in their own voices
outside of the formal public process,” said Greg Greenway,
Threshold 2008 Executive Director. “The goal of the weekend is
to learn what kinds of housing options people are willing to accept
and support if they are given a chance to become informed on the
"Local policymakers are pleased that there are people who are trying
to find a different way to engage the citizens,” said San Mateo
County Supervisor Rich Gordon. “It's an alternative approach
that a lot of folks are interested in and hopeful about."
Threshold 2008 was formed to engage the public on housing issues and
options in San Mateo County in order to ensure a better long-term
quality of life for all who are affected by our housing choices. The
Countywide Assembly will be followed by an Online Dialogue and
series of Community Conversations to engage all those who have a
stake in the county in this important discussion.