July 1, 2015 APA Los Angeles APAlosangeles.org
"Summer in the City" Kicks Off in Hawthorne

The City of Hawthorne hosted APA Los Angeles on June 20 for the first installment of our 2015 Summer in the City series. Those in attendance enjoyed a tour of the Hawthorne Historical Museum and an overview of planning initiatives from Planning Director Gregg McClain. Exciting developments in Hawthorne include an active transportation plan for the 120th Street Green Line Station, the Downtown Hawthorne Specific Plan, and an Eco-Village Specific Plan. For more photos, click here.
APA Celebrates the Best in LA Planning
Every year, APA Los Angeles hosts an annual awards gala to recognize and celebrate the very best work in planning being carried out by practitioners, advocates, elected officials, students, and educators throughout the Los Angeles region. Jurors consider dozens of nominations for 25 categories and select an Award of Excellence and an Award of Merit for each category. Award winners in certain categories can then go on and be nominated for APA California Chapter awards, and some even go on to become National APA Award winners.

The 2015 APA Los Angeles Awards Gala was held on June 25 at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. Over 200 attendees gathered to say hello to old friends, make new contacts, share ideas, and celebrate this year's award winners. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts were provided by Porto's Bakery, and Mediterranean dinner cuisine was catered by The Kitchen - both local businesses based in Glendale. A group of attendees also enjoyed a walking tour of Downtown Glendale, led by City of Glendale's Urban Designer, Alan Loomis. Walking tour attendees got a chance to see and hear about newly completed mixed-use developments and caught a glimpse of local parks and upcoming adaptive reuse projects. 

Read more on our blog and see more photos on our Facebook page.
Upcoming Events
Summer in the City: West Hollywood
Thursday, July 30
6-9 pm
West Hollywood Building and Safety
8300 Santa Monica Blvd.
$10 members / $20 non-members $5 students  
Purchase tickets here

Summer in the City is a series introducing APA LA's members to the latest innovative, proactive planning in cities around the Los Angeles region. Between June and August, we'll visit several cities whose staff will lead tours, site visits, and presentations that showcase their planning and community development efforts.


On July 30, the second of our 2015 series will take us to the City West Hollywood, the recipient of this year's APA Los Angeles Distinguished Leadership Award for a Planning Agency. We will meet at the City's Building and Safety offices before a walking tour of the Harper Historic District. The group will then take "The PickUp" to Boys Town to visit two historic bars. City of West Hollywood Community Development staff will discuss their most pertinent planning efforts, the history of Boys Town and the surrounding neighborhood, and an upcoming LGBT survey.

Questions? Contact programs@apalosangeles.org.

APA California 2015 State Conference
Oakland: Rooted in Authenticity
October 3-6
Oakland Marriott
Registration is now open for the California APA Oakland Conference - Rooted in AuthentiCITY! Please find registration information 
here. Full registration gives you an all access pass to the conference, including the opening reception. Hotel rooms are still available at the conference rate at the Marriott Oakland City Center, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Oakland, and the Waterfront Hotel. 

The conference program is also coming soon. We did that math and found that the conference's 16 mobile workshops + 133 sessions + 1,200+ colleagues = imnumerable possibilities. Let the conference program be your guide to making this your best conference yet and start by pursuing through the detailed information on sessions, workshops, events, and keynote speakers. Please note that as the conference approaches, there may be small changes to the conference program and after its release, the most updated version will be here.

Check out the conference website for additional information.


Seeking Donations for CPF Conference Auction

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is a nonprofit, charitable corporation with the goal of furthering the professional practice of planning in California. Relying on your donations and fund-raising activities like the auction, CPF annually awards approximately $50,000 in student scholarships and memberships in APA.


Donate an item for CPF's live silent auction at this year's State Conference! Donations could include:

  • Catered dinner
  • Meal in a restaurant
  • Day of consulting services
  • Career counseling session
  • Private tours of projects
  • Planning books
  • Art work
  • Movie tickets
  • Wine bottles
  • Cooking classes

Donations are due October 1. You can also attend the auction, enjoy time with your colleagues, and bid!


To donate or for further information, contact CPF Liaison Maira Sanchez at cpf@apalosangeles.org.

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Transportation Planning Manager IV (Joint Development)
Planning Manager
City of San Dimas
Facilities Planner  
University of California, Riverside
Assistant and Senior Level Planners
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City of Ventura
Senior Facilities Planner 
University of California, Riverside
Principal Planner
City of Rolling Hills
Senior Community Outreach Coordinator
Project Manager
Pacific Charter School Development
Senior Urban Designer/Planner
MIG / San Diego
Deputy Director of Planning
City of Los Angeles
Assistant Planner
City of El Segundo
Permit Center Supervisor
City of Torrance
Plans Examiner
City of Torrance
City of Torrance
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City of San Dimas
Principal Planner
City of Vista