Calvin Welch delivered a stirring saga of San Francisco’s recent growth of market rate housing, while producing inadequate affordable units and leading to middle income exodus.  His talk was the main theme at PLAN-Boulder’s Annual Dinner on September 23, 2016.

Watch Calvin’s talk.

The video shows Calvin presenting his talk and shows his slides, you may wish to download the slides only.

Here is more information about Calvin Welch.


Calvin received his BS in Interdisciplinary Social Science from San Francisco State University and his MA in Political Science from Makerere University College, Kampala, Uganda. Welch has served on various city task forces and advisory committees on issues ranging from affordable housing, to financing to living wage. He has also served on either the campaign committees or as campaign manager of a number of citizen initiatives including the 1976 District Election Campaign, the 1986 growth limitation measure, Proposition M, the 1994 Proposition A $350 million Seismic Safety Bond, the 1996 Proposition A $100 million Affordable Housing Bond, the 2000 Proposition L “Campaign to Save San Francisco”, the 2002 $250 million Proposition B Affordable Housing Bond Campaign, the 2008 Proposition B Affordable Housing Set-Aside and Prop N. Transfer Tax increase campaigns and the 2010 Prop. N Transfer tax increase campaign (a second one). He currently sits on the Board of the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) and is Chair of the Kezar Stadium Advisory Committee.


  • BS, Interdisciplinary Social Science, San Francisco State University
  • MA, Political Science, Makerere University College, Kampala, Uganda


  • Campaign manager, 1976 District Election Campaign
  • Campaign manager, 1986 Growth Limitation Measure (Proposition M)
  • Campaign manager, 1994 $350M Seismic Safety Bond (Proposition A)
  • Campaign manager, 1996 $100M Affordable Housing Bond (Proposition A)
  • Campaign manager, 2000 “Campaign to Save San Francisco” (Proposition L)
  • Campaign manager, 2002 $250M Affordable Housing Bond (Proposition B)
  • Campaign manager, 2008 Affordable Housing Set-Aside (Proposition B)
  • Campaign manager, 2008 Transfer Tax Increase Campaign (Proposition N)
  • Board member, Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC)
  • Chair, Kezar Stadium Advisory Committee