About Randall Lewis
Randall Lewis is well known for his innovative approaches to planning, designing, and marketing residential communities as Executive Vice President of the Upland-based Lewis Group of Companies.
He is regarded as an industry leader in promoting the arts, education, healthy living and sustainable development initiatives.
He has been President of the Inland Empire Arts Foundation, Secretary of the Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, director of the HomeBuilder's Council, and national director of the National Association of HomeBuilders.
Mr. Lewis was named in the Los Angeles Times 2006 “West 100” list as one of the top 100 influential people in southern California. He has also received the California Business Properties Association Champion of the Industry Award and has been inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame.
Mr. Lewis is a long time ULI member as well as a Governor of the ULI Foundation. He serves on several executive boards, including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, the UCLA School of Public Policy, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Institute Advisory Council, Cal Poly Pomona’s National Development Council, and co-chairs the San Bernardino County Alliance for Education.
He is recognized as an expert in the real estate industry and is frequently quoted in various newspapers, magazines and trade journals. He has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.
He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
Affordable Housing: A Shortage Crisis
February 18, 2015
The issue addressed at the seminar was the shortage of affordable housing in the state and the Inland Region. The issue was well framed by the quotes below from a special report published by Joel Kotkin with Wendell Cox.
“Nothing speaks to the nature of the American future more than housing. If we fail to adequately house the current and future generations, we will be shortchanging our people, and creating the basis for growing impoverishment and poor social outcomes across the country.”
“Perhaps nowhere is the housing crisis more evident than in the nations most populous state, California. Why this has occurred has been widely debated. Some ascribe it to the state’s greater economic performance, others to natural land constraints and still others to population pressures. Although all these factors have played a role the largest factors have been policy choices that have driven up land and housing prices, as well as rents, to unsustainable levels.”
(America’s Emerging Housing Crisis by Joel Kotkin with Wendell Cox)
The seminar’s moderator, Steve PonTell, framed the issue and presented seven policy solutions offered by Kotkin to address the affordable housing shortage in California.
PonTell then moderated a panel discussion of the policy recommendations, with the panelists being San Bernardino County Supervisor, Janice Rutherford, and planning consultant and former Planning Director for the City of Riverside, Ken Gutierrez.