Kepler's Books in Menlo Park will host a forum Thursday, Aug. 18, on the housing crisis -- how high and rapidly rising housing costs are affecting people in the community.
The event will have have a panel that includes all three Menlo Park City Council candidates: Incumbents Catherine Carlton and Ray Mueller and challenger Cecilia Taylor. They are running for two open council seats in the Nov. 8 election.
Kepler's co-owner Christin Evans and East Palo Alto activist Kyra Brown will also participate, according to Ms. Evans.
During the event, personal stories will be read aloud and told via video. There will be an open mic for people to tell their stories and a question-and-answer period.
Some stories will be taken from the Housing Crisis Stories Facebook page created by Ms. Evans.
"It's a real challenge that is facing the community," she said. "There's a tension that's being created where new folks are displacing people who have lived here all their life."
She said the forum will attempt to address solutions.
"Kepler's has always been a place where people share their stories," she said. "I see this as a natural part of what our role in the community is."
Kepler's Books is in the Menlo Center at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
Go to the event web page for more information or to RSVP.