California Mayors Highlight Public Health Homelessness Symposium

Social Justice series tackles homelessness, poverty

October 20, 2022

The mayors of Oakland and Sacramento, along with mayor emeritus of Stockton, will be guest panelists during Touro University California’s Social Justice Speaker Series, 5-7 pm, Sept. 22 via Zoom.

Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Mayor Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, and Mayor Emeritus Michael Tubbs of Stockton are all guests on a panel discussion addressing one of the state’s most pressing issues.

The discussion will center generally on poverty and homelessness in California, with a more specific focus on Guaranteed Income, what is sometimes called Universal Basic Income, as a means to tackle to problem that continues to grow in communities across the state.

“Wealth and income inequality have long plagued our country and continue to gain momentum. Our presenters, Mayor Emeritus Michael Tubbs, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg understand this and the importance of implementing guaranteed income as a solution, as indicated by the organization, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, founded by Mayor Tubbs and of which Mayors Schaaf and Steinberg belong,” said Dr. Gayle Cummings, Director of TUC’s Public Health program, which sponsors the series.

“We will have a conversation with this panel about how California can address the housing and economic security crisis by offering guaranteed income to communities most at risk,” Dr. Cummings said. “From a public health perspective, we know that income inequality and poor housing are social drivers that negatively impact the health outcomes for our nation’s most vulnerable populations.”