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March 3, 2015 
Did you miss "Planning for a Healthy LA"?

On February 17, APA hosted a presentation and discussion on the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles, a new Health and Wellness Element of the city's general plan. The Plan elevates health as a priority in the city's future growth and development, establishing a policy framework to make Los Angeles a healthier place to live, work and play. Check out the presentation on our blog at APAlosangeles.org.
APA Planning Award Nominations 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 awards@apalosangeles.org. 

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

APA Los Angeles & LAAUPPS Present:

Student Planning Trivia Night! 

Thursday, March 12

7-9 PM

Wolf & Crane 

366 E 2nd Street, 90012


RSVP here


Join the Los Angeles Association of Urban Planning and Policy Studetns and APA Los Angeles for an event that challenges your planning knowledge! Compete with students from your own university and the other four area accredited planning schools as groups of 3-5 participants face five rounds of questions. There will be breaks for refreshments and networking, with pizza from Pitfire provided by APA Los Angeles!

APA Los Angeles Presents:
Urban Agriculture Policy Forum
Wednesday, March 18
6:30-8:30 PM
Gas Tower
555 W. 5th St., 90013
$10 APA members/ $20 non-members / $5 s
1.5 hours AICP CM credit pending

Planners are excited about local food, healthier eating, and sustainable cities these days, and that has sparked a renewed interest in the development of urban agriculture around Los Angeles. Unfortunately, many communities are bogged down in urban agriculture laws, ordinances, and regulations. Please join presenters:
  • Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr., Los Angeles City Council District 9
  • Clare Fox, Director of Policy and Innovation, LA Food Policy Council
  • Mark Glassock, Director of Special Projects, LA Neighborhood Land Trust
  • Goetz Wolff, Lecturer of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
They will discuss emerging policy issues surrounding urban agriculture in Los Angeles and explore the barriers that currently exist, lessons that can be learned from other jurisdictions, and what they believe policy priorities should be to help spur urban agriculture.
APA Los Angeles Presents:
Exploring LA's Pedways with Dan Koeppel

Sunday, March 29

11 AM - 1 PM

Meet at Grand Park in front of Starbucks, between 1st and Temple Streets



During this two-hour "Urban Safari," attendees will learn about the history of pedestrian walkways or "pedways" in Downtown Los Angeles with Dan Koeppel, organizer of the Big Parade LA and acclaimed author. The pedways are a network of pedestrian bridges and pathways that made up a never-fulfilled utopian plan for Los Angeles, the 1970s vision of City Planning Director Calvin Hamilton. Hamilton's vision to connect people to people movers was part of a larger plan to ease traffic that ran out of federal funding in the 1980s. Some current users of these pedways are fond of their futuristic, Blade-Runner feel. However, planners since Hamilton have been wary of pedways, seeing them as a means of alienating people from ground level street life. Is there a role for pedways in the future? Explore this question and navigate this unique urban terrain on the tour.

APA Los Angeles Presents:

AICP Study Session

Saturday, April 4

8:30 AM - 1 PM

Room 101, Lewis Hall
Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
$20 APA members / $40 non-members / $10 students
Continental breakfast provided

Register here


Prepare for the AICP exam in May or November with APA Los Angeles' annual AICP Study Session. Distinguished faculty and planning professionals will give targeted lectures on a variety of exam topics, including housing, urban design, land use and development regulations, visioning and goal setting, planning law, and planning ethics. This event is intended for people who are already signed up to take the exam, and those considering it in the near future.

Speakers include:
  • Carol Barrett, FAICP, Assistant Director of Planning and Transportation, City of Burbank
  • Liz Falletta, Assistant Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy and USC School of Architecture
  • Woodie Tescher, Principal, PlaceWorks
  • Geoff Danker, AICP, Senior Environmental Policy Advisor, Southern California Gas Company
  • Diana Varat, Lecturer, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Urban Planning

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.

APA Los Angeles and AEP Present:

Introduction to CEQA and Careers in Environmental Planning

Saturday, April 11

9 AM-1 PM


5750 Wilshire Blvd. 90036

$50 / $35 students

$20 for APA/AEP members / $40 non-members / $10 students

Breakfast/Refreshments provided. 
3 hours of AICP CM credit pending

Register here


This course will provide basic building blocks to understand and implement the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and how it is implemented by local agencies. Completion of the workshop will provide students and emerging professionals with a strong base to develop further CEQA knowledge. This training, which will focus on practical real-world applications, will enhance the resume of each participant to demonstrate their mastery of the preeminent environmental regulation/process in California. The following topics will be briefly covered:
  • Historical and political roots of CEQA
  • Overview of the CEQA process via a comprehensive flowchart
  • Summary of CEQA documents such as an Initial Study, Statutory and Categorical Exemptions, Mitigated
  • Negative Declaration (MND), and Environmental Impact Report (EIR); and
  • Relationship of CEQA to other state laws and federal environmental laws.
Potential employers in agencies and companies that deal with private development or public works projects often require some knowledge of CEQA from new employees, and the applicant with CEQA knowledge will often win a position over a candidate without this knowledge.

The course will also include information on careers currently available in environmental planning beyond just CEQA compliance. Opportunities in the private and public sectors will be explored, along with the importance of professional networking. This session will help environmentally-focused students and emerging professionals alike with their career preparation!

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
  • Building a Career as an Environmental Planning Professional
  • Overview of California Water Law and Policy
  • Tribal Water Law and Policy
  • Advanced NEPA Roundtable: Solutions for Addressing Challenging Issues
  • Updating Transportation Analysis in CEQA: How to Effectively Implement SB 743
  • Adaptive Management for Environmental Professionals

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/

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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