July 5, 2023 Housing Action Coalition

Regulatory Committee | Pirros + Vince Rocha

Ari Baranian, CEO of Pirros, joined the committee to discuss his company’s efforts to design a Detail Management System for Architects and Engineers that makes managing projects easier. Through this centralizing software, Pirros has saved 2 weeks of individual employee time per year, helping to lower costs and improve work efficiency. Pirros has already partnered with several HAC members, but if your firm has not, and would like to learn more, you can reach out to Ari here.

Following Ari’s presentation, Vince Rocha, Senior Policy Advisor, Economic Development, Housing, and Land Use for San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan joined the committee and provided updates on all things San Jose, including the city’s economic status in the region and their recent efforts to build more housing. During the presentation, Vince drew an important connection: with a large immigrant population, and a bustling economy, increasing San Jose’s housing stock is essential in preserving their status as a city where the American dream is a reality. 

Additionally, an interesting note is that San Jose’s data demonstrates that reducing unsheltered homelessness has significantly lowered calls for police and fire departments.

Despite a powerpoint highlighting many of San Jose’s strengths, Vince forgot to mention that Joey Chestnut – the greatest competitive eater of all time – is a San Jose State Alum. Earlier this week, Joey successfully defended his July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest Title, after scarfing down 62 hot dogs! Go SJSU Spartans! 

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The Housing Action Coalition is a member-supported non-profit that advocates for the creation of well designed, well-located housing at all levels of affordability. We believe more housing means more choices and better solutions.

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