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Burning Down | Building Up: Wildfires and Resiliency

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Wildfires can quickly reduce homes and even whole communities to ashes, turning the lives of the displaced upside down; recovery and rebuilding their daunting task ahead. But some of the bigger questions rarely get asked, much less thoughtfully discussed: where we should even be building, how we can build smarter and the gentrifying effect of fire.

This Westside Urban Forum conversation proposes a candid dialogue on how we can support a balanced approach to development in high risk areas, and what will be required to align this approach with the environmental realities of a warming climate and continued population growth in Southern California. Panelists include: Bonnie Blue, Planning Director, City of Malibu; Joshua H. Haffner; Attorney, Haffner Law (specializing in insurance claims from property damage); and Malcolm V. Williams, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation. Moderated by Jacob Maroglis, KPCC Science Reporter and host of The Big One podcast.