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March 16, 2015 
YEPP's Planning Mentors Meet Their Matches

On February 26, APA Los Angeles' Young and Emerging Planning Professionals (YEPP) kicked off its new mentorship program, which matches experienced planners with new graduates and young professionals to create long-term partnerships, provide career guidance, and influence a new generation of planners. Learn more about the program and see kickoff photos on our blog. 
APA CA 2016 Conference: Make It Yours!
APA California 2016 Conference Kickoff

Tuesday, April 14

6-8 PM

Gensler Los Angeles 

500 S. Figueroa St. 90071


RSVP here


The Los Angeles Section of the American Planning Association is hosting the 2016 California Planning Conference in Pasadena October 22-25, 2016. We need volunteers to serve on the Conference Planning Committee!

Please join us for the Conference Kickoff on April 14 at Gensler Los Angeles.

  • Learn more about the conference planning process and the Conference Committees (Diversity, Mobile Workshops, Planners' Guide/Orientation Tours, Program and Sessions, Public Relations and Merchandising, Special Events, Sponsorships, Volunteers, Others)
  • Sign up to serve on one (or more) conference committees
  • Participate in some fun, interactive conference brainstorming
  • Give us feedback on the proposed 2016 California Planning Conference theme and logo

We need you to help us achieve our goal of making a conference that highlights the great place-making that is happening in our region, and is appealing to a diverse planning audience including students, emerging professionals, allied and other creative professionals, academics, citizen-planners, mid-career professionals, and elected officials.


To get to the Kickoff, we suggest you walk, bike, Go Metro! or park in a nearby garage (we recommend the $8 parking in the 524 South Flower Street Garage, between the Central Library and the California Club).


We can't do this without you, and look forward to working with you to make this conference a reflection of you and your passions!


Join us!


-2016 Conference Co-chairs (Kevin Keller, AICP, Meghna Khanna, and Melani Smith, AICP)

Upcoming Events
APA Los Angeles Presents:
Urban Agriculture Policy Forum
Wednesday, March 18
6:30-8:30 PM
Gas Tower
555 W. 5th St., 90013
FREE for APA members and students / $10 non-members 
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.

USC Associated Students of Planning Development Present: 

Neighborhood Bicycle Program Volunteer Day

Friday, March 20 and 

Saturday, April 11 

Sol y Luna Apartments 

2917 E. 1st St. 90033 

FREE, all are welcome

RSVP here


USC's Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD) have partnered with the East Los Angeles Community Corporation (ELACC) to donate repossessed bikes from USC to kids in the Boyle Heights community. In order to receive the bikes, kids must attend a training workshop on maintenance and bike safety. Before the bikes can be handed out, they need to be in good working order.


Friday, March 20: Bike Repair Day, 1-5 PM

15 bikes need to be fixed up and all skill levels are needed -- tasks range from putting on reflectors and cleaning to more advanced repair work. Any bike repair tools you can bring are appreciated. 


Saturday, April 11: Workshops, 9 AM-5 PM

Two workshops of 10 people will be held from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM and 11:30 AM-4:30 PM. Tasks include a workshop on bike rules and safety, fitting people on a bike, and helping participants feel comfortable riding.

APA Los Angeles Presents:
Exploring LA's Pedways with Dan Koeppel

Sunday, March 29

1-3 PM

Grand Park Starbucks

217 N. Hill St.

FREE for APA members and students / $10 non-members


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
University of Southern California
$20 APA members / $40 non-members / $10 students

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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. Continental breakfast will be provided.

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

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

$20 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!

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

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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.

Los Angeles Business Council Presents:

2015 Sustainability Summit

Friday, April 24

7 AM-2 PM

Getty Center

$250 LABC member price for APA members

Register here


APA Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Business Council invite you to the 2015 Sustainability Summit: California Leading Environmental and Economic Sustainability. For more information, visit LABC.

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.

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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