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February 17, 2014 
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Did you know that at APAlosangeles.org you can view the latest job listings, add your firm to our consultant directory and read write-ups of past APA events? As the year goes on we'll be adding more great content, including some local planning history and planner interviews, so please keep checking back with us.

2015 APA Award Nominations Now Open

APA Los Angeles needs your help in identifying and nominating outstanding planning projects, activities, and individuals in the Los Angeles region for the 2015 Planning Awards. 

This is your opportunity to gain recognition for the efforts of your department, firm, or city in contributing to the field of planning!

Nominations will be accepted until March 18 in 23 categories including awards for planners, elected officials, planning schools, and journalists working within Los Angeles County. Additional information about the categories and the nomination process is available at APAlosangeles.org.

Los Angeles winners will be invited to proceed to the statewide competition, and the California Chapter winners will compete for the National APA Awards.

Jurors Needed

Awards jurors are needed for the 2015 Planning Awards! Jurors should be able to meet the weeks of April 6 or April 13 to review submissions, and to attend the Awards Gala in mid-June. Jurors can be members of the planning community, architects, landscape architects, planning students, and/or other individuals knowledgeable in the field of planning. Interested individuals should contact Andre Sahakian at [email protected].

Sponsorships Available

Don't miss the opportunity to sponsor APA LA's Awards Gala! Sponsorships are available at many different levels. Please visit APAlosangeles.org for more information.
Upcoming Events

Central City Association Presents:

LA Fast Track: The Outlook for Downtown's Growth and the Future of Transit

Thursday, February 19

7:30 AM-1:30 PM

The LA Hotel Downtown


Register here


Join CCA for a half-day summit on the growth of Downtown Los Angeles and what it means for transportation in and around the city. This event will bring together policy makers, developers,
economists, property owners, planners, engineers, and architects to discuss Downtown in the coming decades and how
our transportation system can respond. Transportation challenges are being met through innovation,, and the summit will
explore the best ideas being pursued on an international level. Featured speakers include:

  • Art Leahy, CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency
  • The Honorable Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

For more information, visit CCALA.org.

APA Los Angeles Presents:

Planners' Hike to Historic Sturtevant Camp

Saturday, February 28

11 AM - 3 PM

Meet at Adam's Pack Station



Join APA Los Angeles for a hike into history as we travel the way they did 100 years ago from Adam's Pack Station to Sturtevant Camp! Located at Chantry Flat in Big Santa Anita Canyon above Arcadia, Adam's Pack Station supplies weekend hikers and uses mules to pack in goods to campers and residents of isolated cabins. Sturtevant Camp was established in 1891, and was one of five resort camps in the Chantry Flat area during the great hiking era of the early 1900s. Today, it is the last remaining camp and remains accessible only by foot or by mule.


Deb Burgess of Friends of the San Gabriels will meet us at the camp to speak to the group about their vision for the future. The Friends are currently fundraising $75,000 to buy Sturtevant Camp by March 2, so this hike is especially timely. 


The hike is a moderate 8-mile round trip walk along a well-marked trail. Please dress according to the weather and bring plenty of water. Bring your own lunch or buy snacks at Adam's Pack Station store.


Parking is available in the lots at Chantry Flat and along the road with an Adventure Pass ($5 at Adam's Pack Station), or in the private lot at Adam's Pack Station for $10.

APA Los Angeles Presents:

AICP Exam Prep

Saturday, April 4


Registration info TBD

Register here


Planning to take the AICP exam in 2015? Prepare for success with APA Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more information!

Los Angeles Region Planning History Group Presents:

Black Gold in Paradise

Saturday, April 11

9:30 AM-2 PM

Signal Hill Community Center

$50 / $35 students

Register here


The Los Angeles Region Planning Historic Group presents its 11th colloquium, "Black Gold: The Influence of Oil and Energy Extraction on LA's Urban Form," in cooperation with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

Oil boomed in 1890s Los Angeles and by the 1920s, oil was shaping the region. By 1930, California produced one quarter of the world's oil - it was the Saudi Arabia of America. In many ways, Black Gold paid for Paradise.

How have the region's communities been shaped by oil, and how have those places remade themselves as time has passed? How can planning lessons from the past be applied to current issues such as the potential impact of fracking on local communities?

Presenters will include:

  • Sarah S. Elkind, Professor of History, San Diego State University
  • Kenneth C. Farfsing, City Manager, City of Signal Hill
  • Nancy Quam-Wickham, Professor of History, California State University, Long Beach

For more information, visit LARPHG.

SACRPH Presents:

2015 Planning History Conference

November 5-8

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Downtown LA


In November 2015, the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) will bring its national conference to Los Angeles for the first time in its 16-year history.


More than 400 planning historians, academics and history buffs from around the world will participate in the 2015 meeting at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA.


"Redevelopment Through the Rear View Mirror," a retrospective and prospective evaluation of redevelopment in Los Angeles, will launch the conference with walking tours, lectures, and an exhibition focused on downtown's transformation. 


Spring UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Courses


Explore a broad range of issues with UC Davis Extension's spring courses in Land Use and Natural Resources, held in Sacramento and Oakland. Visit the school's website for a full listing of courses and available discounts.


Urban Planning and Design Studio
* April 29-30
 and May 20-21
: Wed., Thur., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
* Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St.

* $625. Enroll in section 144LUP506.

Building a Career as an Environmental Planning Professional
*  April 10: Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m..
*  Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St.
*  $330. Enroll in section 144NAT113.

Overview of California Water Law and Policy
*   May 15: Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
*   Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St.
*   $330. Enroll in section 144NAT204.

Tribal Water Law and Policy
*  June 5: Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
*  Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St.
*  $330. Enroll in section 144NAT217.

Advanced NEPA Roundtable: Solutions for Addressing Challenging Issues
*  April 30: Thur., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
*  Oakland: Nicholas C. Petris State building, 111 Grand Ave.
*  $275. Enroll in section 144NAT289.

Updating Transportation Analysis in CEQA: How to Effectively Implement SB 743
*  May 6: Wed., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
*  Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St.
*  $330. Enroll in section 144NAT299.

Adaptive Management for Environmental Professionals
*  April 28-29: Tues., Wed., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
*  Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St.
*  $450. Enroll in section 144NAT302

UC Davis Extension, the continuing and professional education division of UC Davis, has been an internationally recognized leader in educational outreach for individuals, organizations and communities for more than 50 years. With 62,000 annual enrollments in classroom and online university-level courses, UC Davis Extension serves lifelong learners in the growing Sacramento region, all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

APA's Sustainable Communities Division Sustainability Awards Accepting Nominations


APA's Sustainable Communities Division has announced its 2nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability. Nominations will be accepted through March 16. For more information, visit https://apascd.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/announcing-the-2nd-annual-awards-for-excellence-in-sustainability/

LA County's Green Leadership Awards Program Now Accepting Nominations


The LA County Board of Supervisors created the Green Leadership Awards Program as a partnership with local residents, community groups, businesses and non-profit agencies to protect the environment and the County's natural resources. Awards are presented in five categories at the weekly meeting of the Board during Earth Week (April 21).


The deadline for applications is February 20. For more information, visit http://www.lacounty.gov/greenleadership

Nominations Being Accepted for SCAG's 2015 Sustainability Awards 


The Southern California Association of Governments is now accepting nominations for the 2015 SCAG Sustainability Awards. For the past 8 years, SCAG has recognized innovative planning and local development projects that best coordinate land use and transportation actions to improve the mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability of our region. Award nominations are open to all parties, including local governments, non-profits, and private developers, and are now being accepted in the following award categories:

  • Integrated Planning
  • Green Region Initiative
  • Active Transportation

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 3. Winners will be recognized at the 2015 Regional Conference & General Assembly, May 7-8, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert.


Visit http://sustain.scag.ca.gov for complete guidelines and to download the nomination packet.

Call for Abstracts: Metro/TRB Summer Workshop


Metro and the Transportation Research Board's ADC60 Committee invite you to submit abstract and presentations for their 2015 Summer Workshop, "Sustainability in a Time of Resource Scarcity," to be held in Los Angeles June 7-10. The workshop will focus on waste management, reuse/recycling and water quality/resource management for transportation systems.

Submissions are due by March 30. More information is available at http://www.trb-adc60.org/2015summer.html.


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