REDI's Christy Leffall on KPFA's Morning Mix - April 19, 2012
Listen to Christy Leffall, land-use program coordinator and coordinator of the Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) at Urban Habitat, on KPFA's Morning Mix hosted by Richmond Planning Commissioner Andres Soto that aired on April 19, 2012 at 8:00 am. Leffall gives a recap of the General Plan Rally at the Richmond City Council Chambers on April 17th and subsequent adoption hearing of the General Plan with the Environmental Impact Report, which REDI has been working on for over six years.
REDI members turned out in significant numbers to this meeting. The vote was tabled until next week because the general plan agenda took over four hours, one hour for the staff’s presentation, and another three hours for public testimony where 111 speakers had signed in to speak. The upcoming City council vote on Tuesday, April 24th, 6:30pm at Richmond City Hall. Listen to an edited version of the segment here (or download). Visit, KPFA to hear the full version.Christy Leffall is currently a Land Use Program Coordinator working in Contra Costa County. Leffall is coordinator of the Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) in Richmond, CA, which advocates for the adoption and implementation of equitable elements within the city’s updated General Plan. Her work will expand to explore demographic shifts, land use equity concerns, and community-based capacity in cities in East Contra Costa County. With over 6 years of experience working in social and economic justice, she brings a strong knowledge of affordable housing policy and advocacy to Urban Habitat’s Land Use and Housing Program. Christy worked as a homeownership counselor with families rebuilding their homes in post-Katrina New Orleans, and worked as an anti-predatory lending policy advocate and mortgage counselor for families facing foreclosure in Oakland, CA. Prior to housing counseling experience, she worked as a community organizer in South Los Angeles empowering residents to advocate against neighborhood blight, to address environmental injustice, and to advocate for citywide policies that protected affordable housing. Christy completed a Masters in City Planning with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Her graduate studies focused on civic engagement, economic development, and housing policy.