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April 1, 2015 
APA Talks Urban Agriculture with Policy Leaders

On March 18, APA Los Angeles hosted an evening forum at the Southern California Gas Company Tower in downtown LA. Over 40 planners were treated to a detailed discussion on policies surrounding urban agriculture development. Learn more about the event on our blog. 


APA California 2016 Conference Kickoff
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:

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

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. 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!

APA Los Angeles, AIA, ASLA & LASAN Present:

Professional Architect & Landscape Architect Practitioners Assembly (PALAPA II)

Thursday, April  9

8 AM-3:30 PM

Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center - Hyperion Treatment Plant

12000 Vista Del Mar, Los Angeles 90293

FREE - open to APA, AIA and ASLA members only

The Professional Architect & Landscape Architect Practitioners Assembly (PALAPA) will serve as a forum to bring AIA|LA, APA Los Angeles, ASLA and the City of LA's Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) together to highlight our watershed needs, opportunities and constraints, and to put stormwater into a Low Impact Development (LID) context for working professionals.

This half-day session is the second convening of the group. LASAN has invited its in-house department experts as technical professionals to respond to issues identified in the first convening from September 2014. A panel will explain the City's perspective on the issues and challenges, and engage the local program representatives with the goal of moving toward viable solutions. The panel will address any technical challenges, permit and regulatory hurdles encountered while applying Low Impact Development (LID) to make this practice more implementable.


Lunch will be provided and is sponsored by Deeproot.

USC Associated Students of Planning Development Present: 

Neighborhood Bicycle Program Volunteer Day

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. 


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.

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.

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.

APA Los Angeles Presents:
FoLAR's 26th Annual Great LA River Cleanup at Compton Creek
Saturday, April 25
9 AM-12 PM
Metro Blue Line Del Amo Station

Volunteer with your fellow planners as APA Los Angeles joins Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) for its annual "work party" on the river. The event will include live music, gift giveaways, family activities and refreshments.


FoLAR is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1986, whose mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship.


The Lower Compton Creek Cleanup takes place along the Metro Blue Line Station, located on Del Amo Blvd. at Santa Fe Avenue in Rancho Dominguez (see location map).


Bike: Take the Lario Bikeway (on the LA River and Rio Hondo from El Monte to the Pacific Ocean) and exit at Del Amo Blvd. Go west on Del Amo.


Transit: Take the Metro Blue Line and get off at Del Amo Blvd.


Driving: Take the 710 Freeway, exit at Del Amo Blvd. Go west to the Del Amo Metro Station and park in the south end of the station parking lot.

APA Los Angeles, City Fabrick and Walk Long Beach Present:
Planners' Book Club: "Happy City" by Charles Montgomery
Tuesday, May 26
5:30-7:30 PM
City Fabrick
425 East Fourth Street, Unit E Long Beach, CA 90802

After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks and tower dwelling an improvement on the car-dependence of sprawl? 

In his award-winning 2013 book "Happy City," journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness, during a journey through some of the world's most dynamic cities.

Join APA Los Angeles for an engaging discussion about this important and well-researched book, moderated by City Fabrick's Brian Ulaszewski. Hosted by City Fabrick and Walk Long Beach in the East Village neighborhood of Downtown Long Beach, the themes and insights from the book will be discussed and considered for practical implementation in your community. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.

AICP members can earn one hour of general Certification Maintenance (CM) credit (pending approval).

Learn more about the book at The Happy City and purchase it on Amazon or at your local bookstore.

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.

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