July 16, 2015 APA Los Angeles APAlosangeles.org
APA Los Angeles Ambles Through the Arboretum

On June 6, APA Los Angeles members and guests were treated to a private, guided walking tour of the Los Angeles County Arboretum, led by botanical consultant Frank McDonough. Frank shared his 30 years of horticultural experience with the group on this intimate tour, highlights of which included native plants that can be used instead of traditional lawns. Read more on our blog.
Summer in the City: West Hollywood
APA Los Angeles Presents:
Summer in the City: West Hollywood
Thursday, July 30
6-9 PM
8300 Santa Monica Blvd. 90069
$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 of 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.

Upcoming Events

APA Los Angeles Presents:
Film Screening and Tour at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Saturday, August 22
6 PM - late
6000 Santa Monica Blvd. 90038
$15 members / $20 non-members
Buy tickets here

Hollywood Forever is a cemetery unlike any other in the world. A historic site adjacent to Paramount Studios, it is the final resting place for more of Hollywood's founders and stars than anywhere else on earth. It has also become more than a cemetery -- with activation via  film screenings, concerts, and events like the Dia de los Muertos festival, Hollywood Forever now an iconic public gathering place that helps fill the need for open space in LA. 

On Saturday, August 22, APA Los Angeles will pay a special visit to Hollywood Forever for a Cinespia film screening that will let you experience the cemetery's magic all night long!

Skip the lines and enter early for a special historical and facilities tour from Hollywood Forever staff, plus a discussion of the cemetery's activation with Cinespia founders. Afterward, we'll wait for the screening to start while picnicking in our own reserved area. 

At 9, the screenings of your favorite sleepover films begin: "Can't Hardly Wait" at 9, "Scream" at midnight and "Cruel Intentions" late night. There will be DJs, a photobooth, free coffee from Intelligentsia, free snacks from Kind and more. Bring chairs, blankets, pillows, picnic food and beverages of your choice!

Check out Cinespia.org for additional information about the screening.
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 offers 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'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 perusing the detailed information on sessions, workshops, events, and keynote speakers.

Check out the conference website for additional information.


UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies Presents:
Transportation Camp 
Saturday, October 3
9:30 AM-6 PM
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
$25 / $15 students
Register here


Attend UCLA's Transportation Camp Los Angeles 2015 if you're a technologist who aspires to analyze and visualize public open data or build apps that connect people with mobility options. Come if you're a transportation professional with a thorough awareness of the multimodal transportation system's shortcomings and a desire to work collaboratively and creatively to improve it.


As an unconference, the session topics and activities are proposed by the attendees; every attendee is a participant in shaping and leading the event.  Registration includes admission, lunch, and refreshments. 

LADOT Request for Qualifications

The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) requests written Statements of Qualifications from firms that are interested in providing professional consultant services on an as-needed basis to support specific task order projects for one or more of the following nine (9) service categories: 
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Parking Operations and Facilities
  • Public Participation and Engagement
  • Traffic Management
  • Transit Services
  • Transportation Engineering and Design
  • Transportation Planning and Safety Education
  • Urban Design and Planning
All questions regarding the RFQ should be directed to Michael Shimokochi by e-mail at michael.shimokochi@lacity.org.

Interested parties should register on http://labavn.org/ to download the RFQ (see RFQ Appendix C for full service descriptions).

There will be a pre-proposal meeting July 16, 10 AM at 100 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
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.

Fall UC Davis Extension Courses

Explore a broad range of issues with UC Davis Extension's fall courses in Land Use and Natural Resources, including: 

  • Land Use and Environmental Planning Professional Education Showcase
  • Planning in California: An Overview
  • Financial Aspects of Planning
  • NEW! Rethinking Development Finance: Financing Development in a Post Redevelopment World
  • Updating Transportation Analysis in CEQA: How to Effectively Implement SB743
  • The Intersection Between Transportation and Land Use
  • Land Use Planning for Non-Planners: An Introduction to Planning in California
  • Streambank Assessment and Restoration
  • Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Governance and Regulation
  • Ecosystem Services and Markets
  • Mitigation and Conservation Banking
  • Mitigation Measure Development and Monitoring
  • CEQA: A Step-by-Step Approach
  • EIR/EIS Preparation and Review
  • Thresholds of Significance in Environmental Planning
  • Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation
  • Introduction to Fall Birds of Northern California

For more information or to enroll, call (800) 752-0881, email extension@ucdavis.edu or visit www.extension.ucdavis.edu/land

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