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West Coast mayors to meet in Portland to discuss homelessness, other issues

Mayors from major West Coast cities will meet in Portland beginning on Dec. 10 for a two-day summit to discuss mutual issues, including homelessness, affordable housing and climate change.

Participants will include Mayor Charlie Hales, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. They will be joined by experts in each topic area.

The first day will be dedicated to the issues of housing and homelessness. It will include roundtable discussions with U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and Matthew Doherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The second day, Dec. 11, is dedicated to fighting climate change. It will include a panel discussion at the City Club of Portland featuring the mayors.

According to Hales' office, the goal of the West Coast Mayors Summit is to exchange information and best practices, develop a joint federal agenda and identify action items on mutual issues.

Most the conference will take place at City Hall.