Murtaza H. Baxamusa, Ph.D., AICP

Selected Current Affiliations:

Director of Planning & Development, San Diego Building Trades Family Housing Corporation

Adjunct Faculty, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Board of Directors, San Diego City-County Reinvestment Taskforce

Board of Directors, Middle Class Taxpayers Association

Policy Committee, San Diego Housing Federation

Selected Recent Awards and Recognition:

John Lyon's Fellowship Award (2012) by the John Lyon's Memorial Foundation, read into the Congressional Record of the 112th Congress by Hon. Bob FIlner.

Ruby Award (2012) by the San Diego Housing Federation for Outstanding Advocate.

John Dyckman Award (2009) for Best Doctoral Dissertation in Planning, University of Southern California.

Dr. Murtaza Baxamusa Day (June 17, 2008) proclamation in City of San Diego. (video)

Selected Research and Publications:

The Third E: Equity as a Condition for Sustainability. 2008. Projections: MIT Journal of Planning. Vol. 8.

Empowering Communities through Deliberation: The Model of Community Benefits Agreements. March 2008. Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 27, No. 3, 261-276.

Earnings, Poverty, and Income Inequality in San Diego County: An Analysis of Census Data. August 2007. Issue Brief: Center on Policy Initiatives.

The Working Uninsured: An analysis of worker health coverage amongst California industries. July 2007. Center on Policy Initiatives. (co-authors: Brandalyn Patton and Susan Duerksen)

San Diego Water Rate Study. February 2007. Issue Brief: Center on Policy Initiatives. (co-author: Brandalyn Patton)

Downtown For Everybody?: Downtown Redevelopment: Taxpayer Dollars and Low-wage Jobs. Feb. 2006. Center on Policy Initiatives.

The Bottom Line: Solutions for San Diego's Budget Crisis: A Comparative Analysis of California's Largest Cities. April 2005. Center on Policy Initiatives.

Subsidizing Wal-Mart: A Case Study of the College Grove Redevelopment Project. Nov. 2003. Center on Policy Initiatives. (co-author: Dr. David Karjanen)

Compact Cities in Developing Countries: Assessment and Implications. In Rod Burgess and M. Jenks (eds) Compact Cities. 2001. (co-authors: Dr. Harry Richardson and Dr. Chang-hee Christine Bae).


Selected Media:

Should California regulate smoking in homes? UT San Diego. 03-29-2013.

Will Obama's refinancing idea help borrowers? UT San Diego. 02-23-2013

Developers aren't always wrong. 01-31-2013

How will new mortgage rules affect borrowers? UT San Diego. 01-26-2013

Are home prices rising too quickly? UT San Diego. 12-12-2012.

Rising Rents Hurt Tenants. Wall Street Journal. 12-27-2012.

In Bob, we trust. San Diego CityBeat. 11-27-2012.

Was creating a foreclosure registry in San Diego a good idea? UT San Diego. 11-27-2012.

How can San Diego get more homes on the market? UT San Diego. 10-27-2012.

If the mortgage interest deduction went away. UT San Diego. 09-29-2012.

More than 59% of renters burdened. UT San Diego. 09-20-2012.

County residents still struggling economically. UT San Diego. 09-19-2012.

Backers, foes call California tax push necessary. UT San Diego. 08-27-2012.

What should GOP, Democratic campaigns say about housing? UT San Diego. 08-25-2012.

Pro-Con on California's Prop 30. KPBS. 08-20-2012.

Need for housing is greater than ever before. 08-06-2012.

Should we seize underwater mortgages? UT San Diego. 07-28-2012.

Continued commitment to affordable housing brings Ruby Award honor. San Diego Daily Transcript. 07-16-2012.

A primer on principal reduction. UT San Diego. 07-01-2012.

Are we on the cusp of a housing recovery? UT San Diego. 06-29-2012.

Civic San Diego takes on redevelopment. KPBS. 06-27-2012.

New development agency raises questions. 06-26-2012.

City creates 'Civic San Diego' to replace redevelopment groups. UT San Diego. 06-25-2012.

'Civic San Diego' plan raising some concerns. UT San Diego. 06-23-2012.

City's low tourism tax would no longer be low. 05-18-2012.

Have home prices in San Diego hit the bottom? UT San Diego. 04-28-2012.

Letter: Can't afford not to fund affordable housing projects. 04-20-2012.

Tax rallies foreshadow election battle. UT San Diego. 04-16-2012.

Will high gas prices hurt spring home buying? UT San Diego. 03-30-2012.

Letter: Why kill the 'Golden Goose'? 03-19-2012.

Was AG mortgage deal the right thing to do? UT San Diego. 02-24-2012.

Walmart plans store in South San Diego. UT San Diego. 02-09-2012.

Letter: Why SD workers still struggle to make ends meet. 01-30-2012.

Will county home prices rise this year? UT San Diego. 01-28-2012.

Good idea? California, Nevada join mortgage probes. UT San Diego. 12-29-2011.

Letter: Where the poor in San Diego live. 12-20-2011.

Three hotels win big from Convention Center expansion. 12-04-2012.

Letter: Poverty rate for kids in San Diego Unified rises above nation. 11-29-2011.

Enviros suing San Diego planners over transportation plan. KPBS. 11-28-2012.

Will new refinance rules boost San Diego housing market? UT San Diego. 11-24-2011.

Letter: What do SD's '1 percent' and '99 percent' look like? 11-16-2011.

Has the foreclosure crisis in San Diego peaked? UT San Diego. 10-27-2011.

New poor represent every part of the community. UT San Diego. 10-09-2011.

What is the cost of self-sufficiency in San Diego? UT San Diego. 10-04-2011.

Opinion: A tale of two property tax dollars. 07-17-2011.

Inside the San Diego household. 07-02-2011.

Payroll down in 2009 mirrors recessionary employment losses. UT San Diego. 06-30-2011.

Letter: Ninth in Hispanic population. 05-27-2011.

San Diego's population: diversity and interactions. 05-12-2011. (Diversity & Segregation methodology, Diversity Ranking, Isolation Index, Dissimilarity Index, Diversity Map)

Winners and losers in SD City's budget priorities. 04-18-2011.

What's the right percentage of low-wage jobs? 04-08-2011.

Opinion: Redevelopment, Plan B. 03-03-2011.

Census confirms growth of minority groups. San Diego Union Tribune. 12-14-2010.

The worker's case for Prop D. 10-06-2010.

Looking at 2010: Murtaza Baxamusa and the Middle Class Thinker. editorial Q&A. 01-22-2010.

This is not a complete list of media appearances and citations. For older articles, please see Media Archives.
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