I'm honored to serve as UCI MURP Planning Visions Guest Speaker delivering my public talk, "A Matter of Necessity:" Understanding Informal Housing through Embedded Planning, at @UCISocEco Urban Planning & Public Policy, Thurs, Oct 25, 11:30a-1:00p. The event is made possible through the initiative of 2nd year #MURP candidate @SoulCal_Irene Aceituno. She will introduce me, discuss UCI's Diversity in Planning Fellows program & emphasize the value of mentorships in planning. The talk’s FREE & OPEN TO ALL. RSVP@Eventbrite.
SUMMARY: This presentation puts a human face on California’s housing crisis. Jonathan Pacheco Bell, a zoning enforcement planner in Los Angeles County, will tell the story of the Medina Family from the South Central L.A. community of Florence-Firestone, who built an informal backyard dwelling for extra income after the sudden passing of their head of household. An anonymous complaint triggered an inspection & eventual demolition of the dwelling for code violations. It was Jonathan himself who ordered its removal. Audience members will understand the emotional roller coaster the family endured while embroiled in this regulatory process, & Jonathan’s inner conflict with the outcome. Key takeaways for planning policy, practice & pedagogy will be offered. This talk demonstrates that the rules we enforce can have unintended consequences, especially in working class communities of color.
BIO: Jonathan Pacheco Bell is a public sector Urban Planner in #LosAngeles County with over 12 years of experience in zoning enforcement. He is a fierce advocate for the unincorporated areas of South Central Los Angeles. On any given day you will find him in the unincorporated community of @FlorenceFirestone partnering with stakeholders to improve quality of life.
A field-based planner, Bell researches, writes, & speaks about #informalhousing, unorthodox community outreach, and South Central L.A. history from his unique, on the ground perspective. He calls his praxis #EmbeddedPlanning. #WeCannotPlanFromOurDesks
A product of the #California public school system from kindergarten to graduate school, Bell holds an MAUP from @UCLALuskin & an MLIS from @SJSU_iSchool.
University of California, Irvine