RSG Team

Housing California Conference April 15-17 at the Sacramento Convention Center

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RSG employees Tara (Principal), Greg (Senior Associate) and Irlanda (Analyst) will be traveling from our headquarters in Irvine to Sacramento, CA to attend the Housing California conference next week! We are so excited to chat with all of you about new legislation, shifts in trends and the progression of housing in California. Currently we are very focused on SB 35 and would also love your insight on how cities can increase their housing supply to fit the needs of their residents. We will have on display some tools and interesting compliance facts pertaining to SB 35. If you will be attending the conference this year, feel free to stop by booth 50 to see some friendly RSG faces!

CALED 2019 Training Conference

RSG is counting down the days until the California Association for Local Economic Development’s (CALED) 2019 training conference on March 27-29! This year, the conference will be held in Anaheim, and the theme is “Make It Happen.” With four general sessions and 24 breakout sessions, the conference will focus on how economic developers are improving California communities by building meaningful relationships, crafting and executing strategic plans, and connecting to key resources.

 RSG is proud to be a part of the CALED community. Principal and President Jim Simon is on CALED’s Advisory Board Committee and co-chairs the Economic Development, Finance, and Real Estate (EDFRE) Committee. Senior Associate Suzy Kim serves as a member of the EDFRE Committee. Associate Dominique Clark is on the 2019 CALED Conference Steering Committee and manages CALED’s Local Economic Advisory Program (LEAP) in Southern California.

Upcoming Conferences and RSG Events

RSG is excited to be leading the discussions on community development with several events coming up over the next two months.  We hope to see you there!

CALED ANNUAL CONFERENCE, MARCH 27-29, ANAHEIM

Each year approximately 350 economic developers come together in the largest gathering in California to discuss emerging trends, celebrate successes, and network with our peers.  This year marks the 39th anniversary of the training conference, which will be hosted jointly by CALED, the City of Anaheim and SBDC.  Jim Simon, President and Principal of RSG will be offering opening remarks at the opening reception and several RSG team members will be on-site to discuss how housing and economic development are partners in solving community development solutions.  Special thanks to RSG Associate Dominique Clark, who volunteered her time as an Annual Conference Planning Committee member.

For more information or registration, please visit www.caled.org.

HOUSING CALIFORNIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, APRIL 15-17, SACRAMENTO

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Housing California Annual Conference! Housing California works to prevent and end homelessness and increase the variety and supply of affordable housing throughout the State.  Each year this conference draws over 1,500 attendees that are focused on addressing affordable housing issues. This year RSG will be an exhibitor at the event and we would love it if you stopped by to say hello. We will have some pretty cool swag to give away and always have chocolates! Tara Matthews, Principal, Greg Smith, Senior Associate, and Ya-yin Isle, Associate will be anxiously waiting for you so we can “talk housing” with you!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOUSING RIGHT NOW (TRAINING), APRIL 24, RSG HEADQUARTERS – IRVINE

A slew of housing bills has passed in the last two years and more are on the way.  The State has made it clear that cities must increase housing supply or face repercussions. With so many requirements, how do communities know what they can/should do and what funding is available? What will happen to communities that resist? Tara Matthews and Hitta Mosesman, RSG Principals, and Kathy Jenson and Bill Ihrke from Rutan and Tucker will present the important information you need to know now.

 Please join us for a complimentary training on housing requirements (what are they and what do they mean for my city?) and funding sources available on April 24 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a complimentary reception to follow at RSG’s Irvine office, Conference Center (1st floor), 17872 Gillette Avenue, Irvine CA. Adult beverages, soft drinks and snacks will provided immediately following the training in our office in Suite 350.

 Space is limited to the first 50 respondents – invitations will be sent out the week of March 25 so check your inbox!

RSG's 2018 Conference Season

We had a great time out and about visiting with all of you these past few months! In just a few short weeks, RSG attended the League of California Cities, Non Profit Housing of Northern California Conference, SCANPH, and San Diego Housing Federation. 

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Those that attended the above housing conferences had a chance to come by our booth and take a guess at our booth game! The stakes were high with a chance to win a $100 gift card to Amazon. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who tested their knowledge! For those who are curious, here are the answers:

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Housing California Conference

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The affordable housing community showed up in droves to the 2018 Housing California Conference. With a record attendance, it was clear to everyone the affordable housing crisis has gained significant ground.

Six candidates for California State Governor attended this year’s conference. They are all fully aware of the affordable housing crisis. There was a variety of solutions. From expediting the development process to bringing back redevelopment. We will soon find out the State’s stance on tackling the affordable housing crisis.

This year’s conference was also an opportunity to brush up on the latest trends. The workshops were plentiful. It was a great opportunity to learn about new and upcoming funding sources. HCD has relief coming are way in SB2 and SB3. Plus, an additional $2 billion will be available for supportive housing. We may want to brush up on TCAC’s new Opportunity Map. Benefits to projects located within high opportunity areas include site amenity points, increase in threshold basis limit, and a tiebreaker increase.

From the coffee and conversation with California’s gubernatorial candidates to the variety of workshop sessions, 2018’s Housing California Conference did not disappoint. And let’s not forget about the Housers After Dark event…one of the best yet.  RSG would like to thank everyone for stopping by our booth and saying hello. And a big thanks to those who participated in our game. We posed the following questions to participants:

  • What Percentage of California renters are paying more than 30% of their income on housing? Answer: 50%
  • What percentage of California owner-occupied households are paying more than 30% of their income on housing? Answer: 32%
  • Which county in the most cost burdened? Answer: Los Angeles

Out of the many participants who guessed correctly, we chose one lucky winner. Congrats to Anna Lam who received a $100 Amazon Gift Card.  This year’s Housing California Conference was the perfect blend of innovation and education and we look forward to seeing what next year has in store.

Rolling up our Sleeves in 2018

We are excited to highlight RSG’s commitment to improving surrounding cities through our participation in a variety of professional organizations.  From positions of leadership to committee membership, RSG continues to find new ways to impart its insight and passion for helping and improving communities across California. 

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) -  RSG Principal Jim Simon serves as a committee member on CALED’s Legislative Action Committee and Tax Increment Financing Technical Committee.  Through his involvement with both committees, Jim has been instrumental in the drafting of proposed legislation in 2018 that may streamline and reduce costs for formation of enhanced infrastructure financing districts (EIFDs).  RSG Senior Associate Suzy Kim also serves as a member of CALED’s Tax Increment Financing Technical Committee.

San Diego Housing Federation (SDHF) – RSG Principal Tara Matthews has recently been appointed to the San Diego Housing Federation Policy Committee.  Through her contribution of leadership to the organization, Tara will be helping in the development and implementation of policies that cover a variety of topics from affordable housing in San Diego to local and state legislation.

Urban Land Institute (ULI) – RSG Principal Hitta Mosesman currently serves on ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Council as a committee member.  Through her work with the organization, Hitta helps to further the organization’s overall mission of creating a path for the advancement of women in the real estate industry.  RSG Associate Dima Galkin is a member of ULI’s Public Realm Initiative Council, which aims to provide insight to all ULI members on best practices, case studies and innovations taking place within the industry. 

RSG Senior Analyst Brett Poirier serves as a member of ULI’s Young Leaders Group which looks to cultivate the use of ethical development practices and responsible land use in the industry’s up and coming leaders.  Brett is also a committee member of ULI’s Technical Assistance Panel, which performs outreach services through members volunteering their time to help address community land use issues.

Out and About

February 20-23rd - RSG will be continuing their presence this year at the annual CSMFO Conference being held in Riverside, California.  Hitta Mosesman, Principal, will be participating in a panel titled “Cannabis – Is it a solution to your General Fund Deficit?”  She, along with fellow panelists, will help shed some much-needed light on the decision for cities to utilize the recent law passage permitting the sale, cultivation and manufacturing of recreational cannabis to help subsidize funding for general fund budget deficits.  RSG will also host a booth in Exhibit Hall D where those interested can inquire about the various product and service lines we offer.

March 7-9th - RSG will be an exhibitor at the upcoming annual Housing California Conference in Sacramento, CA.  As a leader in the affordable housing industry, RSG looks forward to joining others at this event where industry leaders work together to make a collective positive impact in the housing industry.  Tara Matthews, Principal along with Greg Smith will be attending the conference and would love for you to stop by our exhibit to talk “housing”.

March 14-16th - RSG will be participating in CALED’s 38th Annual Training Conference held in Monterey, California as both a presenter and exhibitor.   The conference provides a collaborative space where leaders from California’s economic development industry can come together to network and learn new industry tools.  Jim Simon, Principal and CALED committee member will take part in a discussion titled “Do We Have Redevelopment Back?” in which the panel will discuss the tools available to economic developers on real estate projects and what lies ahead.    RSG’s Suzy Kim and Dominique Clark will also be present at our exhibit to discuss RSG’s strong presence in the Economic Development Industry as well as the products and services we offer. 

RSG Speaking Engagements

September 28 - RSG Principal, Hitta Mosesman (resume here), was a speaker on the framing panel at the Orange County Housing Summit at Chapman University.  Ms. Mosesman presented on the effect ecommerce has had on land use and housing development in Orange County.

October 20 – RSG Principal, Jim Simon  (resume here) was the guest instructor at the City of Anaheim’s Project Manager University speaking on the topic of Economic Development Financing Fundamentals. 

October 24 - Jim Simon and Dominique Clark, Associate, (resume here) led a Real Estate Development and Reuse class at the Economic Development Certificate Program hosted by CSU Fresno and CALED.  This is Mr. Simon’s 4th time teaching this course.

October 26 - Jim Simon was a speaker at the CALAFCO conference in San Diego on October 26 in San Diego.  Mr. Simon presented “Local Agencies Fiscal Health: What is LAFCO’s Role.”

February 2018 (exact date to be determined) – Hitta Mosesman will participate on a panel on recreational cannabis and unfunded pension liabilities at the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) 2018 Annual Conference in Riverside California.

RSG Welcomes Greg Smith, Senior Associate!

At RSG, we are committed to providing valuable insight and effective solutions to issues communities face. The firm is excited to welcome Greg Smith to our team of dedicated professionals working to create economic development strategies for our clients!

With over six years of experience in affordable housing acquisition and finance, Greg has overseen 9% and 4% ground-up and rehabilitation projects throughout California. He has worked successfully with developers, and administered HUD and HAP contracts, project-based Section 8 vouchers, and other prominent affordable housing financing applications. Greg is a Licensed California Broker (BRE# 01126432), and in addition to affordable real estate development, he is well versed in commercial and other market-rate acquisitions.  

In the last year, Greg became a father. As a lifelong Lakers fan, the joy his daughter brings him is enough to fill the Kobe Bryant-shaped hole in his heart.

Written by Evanne Holloway, an Analyst at RSG

Renewing Our Core Values

Core values guide a company’s actions. Inherent and distinctive, they differentiate an agency from its competitors. At RSG, we continue to increase our credibility as consultants through an explicit set of values.

Because RSG is committed to authenticity and an unparalleled work product, we recently updated our core values to better reflect our current organizational culture. We started this process with a company meeting, in which we devoted time to discussing new values. The result represents how we do business with our values integrated into all of our work.

At RSG we:
•    Craft Sincere Relationships
•    Only See Opportunities
•    Are Driven by Determination
•    Make Investments in Ourselves
•    Value the Wisdom of Our Clients

Value initiatives are important to organizations, because they contribute to organizational and individual culture. They need to be constantly defined and reinforced, especially as a company grows. Essential to creating a sustainable, high-growth company, core values must translate into every action the company takes and be ingrained into every employee.

Written by Evanne Holloway, a Research Assistant at RSG