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Learn About the California Forever Project with Former SPUR CEO Gabriel Metcalf
California Forever proposes to build "a new community, solar farms, and a greenbelt of agriculture and habitat on approximately 60,000 acres of non-prime rangeland [it] purchased in eastern Solano County." The organization believes that "doing so would bring thousands of good paying jobs, new paths to middle-class home ownership in safe, walkable neighborhoods, new sources of clean energy, and stronger county tax base to fund essential services for every resident of Solano County."
Gabriel Metcalf, the Head of Planning for California Forever, is a city planner who has dedicated his career to helping cities become more livable, sustainable, and inclusive. For many years, he served as the President and CEO of SPUR, an urban policy think tank for the San Francisco Bay Area, leading the organization through a major expansion of its work, staffing, funding, geographic footprint, and impact. Most recently, he was the CEO of the Committee for Sydney, a research and advocacy organization that provides vision, strategy, and advocacy for the Australia’s largest city.
Gabriel’s work has focused on housing policy, climate change, economic development, transportation, and government effectiveness. He has been interested in new communities as a growth management strategy since first learning about the British new town movement in his introduction to planning history at UC Berkeley, where he earned a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning.