September 1, 2015 APA Los Angeles APAlosangeles.org
An Evening with APA at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Summer in the City: San Gabriel
APA Los Angeles Presents
Summer in the City: Beverly Hills
Saturday, September 19
10 AM-1 PM
455 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills
$10 members / $20 non-members / $5 students

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 September, we'll visit several cities whose staff will lead tours, site visits, and presentations that showcase their planning and community development efforts. 

On September 19, the fourth in our 2015 series will take us to the City of Beverly Hills. APA members and friends will be treated to a tour of the historic post office and new Annenberg Center for the Performing Art, the linear parks parallel to Santa Monica Boulevard, and the famous commercial districts. City of Beverly Hills planning staff will discuss their most pertinent planning efforts throughout the tour.


Susan Healy Keene, AICP has been Community Development Director for the City of Beverly Hills since 2009, overseeing a department that includes planning, development services, community preservation, transportation planning and five Commissions.

Michele McGrath, AICP has over twenty four years of experience with the City of Beverly Hills where she is Principal Planner managing the current and long-range planning team in the Community Development Department. 

Reina Kapadia, AICP is a city planner currently working on implementing the City of Beverly Hills' Historic Preservation Program.

Parking is available in several garages near City Hall. Public transit is available via the Metro 704 on Santa Monica Blvd. and Metro 720 on Wilshire Blvd.

Contact programs@apalosangeles.org with any questions.
Upcoming Events
APA LA's Young and Emerging Planning Professionals Present:
#IAmPlanning: Bridging the Gap Between Planning and Activism
Tuesday, September 29
6:30-8:30 PM
Mercado La Paloma
3655 S. Grand Ave. 90007
Free, RSVP here

Do planners have a place in current social movements? How do your personal experiences shape the way you approach planning related work? Come dialogue with APA Los Angeles' Young and Emerging Planning Professionals Group to discuss how we can use our place in Planning (public, private, non-profit etc) to help push forward social change. Non-APA members welcome/encouraged to attend! 

This event will also help to kick off the  #IAmPlanning social media campaign during the month of October (Planning Month). We would like Next Generation Planners from all backgrounds take pictures with a sign that says "I am planning because __________ ". They can fill in the blank with whatever they feel reflects why they are "planning". For example, a sign may read "I am planning because I want to fight for my community" You would post the picture to social media using the hashtag, give an explanation of my picture in the caption, and tag a friend to take part in the campaign as well. We hope that this campaign with allow us to showcase just how diverse planning  is and provide a glimpse into the many reasons why people come to our profession. 

On-site and street parking available. Close to Expo Line USC Station. 
APA California 2015 State Conference
Oakland: Rooted in AuthentiCITY
October 3-6
Oakland Marriott
Until September 5, the Student Poster Contest is officially open! For students out there that want to share your visual creativity and talent - submit your poster briefs by September 5th.  The final contest will be held at the opening reception on Saturday October 3rd. For more information check out the conference website page.
September 1 is the last date to register before prices go up! Standard registration rates are available for a limited time. Buy your tickets now, and use the money you saved for a Mobile Workshop, CPF Auction Money, or pocket money to explore Oakland!
September 1 is the deadline for sponsorship and exhibit registration. Want to promote your firm and get exposure to hundreds of planners? Sponsor an event! Sponsoring is a great way to give you company positive exposure, and remind people you made their conference experience happen! Please check out the sponsorship page for all the benefits and details! 
Stay connected with us and share you ideas, thoughts, and social media posts about the conference byt using our Twitter handle @APA2015CA and #APA2015CA! 

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. 

Volunteer at the APA California Conference

The APA California Conference will be held in Pasadena in October 2016. The Pasadena Conference Host Committee is seeking volunteers to staff the Pasadena promotion table at the Oakland conference on October 4 and 5. If you are planning to attend the conference in October, please consider offering a couple hours of your time!

Volunteers may sign up here.
Cast Your Vote in APA's National Elections

The National APA election is open through September 10 at 11PM Central Time.

To cast your vote, go to: https://www.directvote.net/APA/ and enter the private login information that was emailed to you.

Candidate information is available on the on-line ballot. Candidates also answered a questionnaire developed from questions submitted by APA Chapters and Divisions. If you would like to read their responses before voting, go to www.planning.org/elections.

For technical support (available Monday - Friday 8 AM-5 PM Central Time), please call 952-974-2339 or support@directvote.net.

For other questions, please call 312-786 6372  or mwelch@planning.org.
Seeking Donations for CPF Conference Auction

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is a nonprofit, charitable corporation established to further the professional practice of planning in California. CPF achieves this goal by giving annual scholarships and awards to university students in financial need, who have demonstrated academic excellence at planning programs throughout California.

Relying on donations and fund-raising activities like its annual auction, CPF annually awards approximately $50,000 in student scholarships and memberships in APA!

This year the 2015 Auction will take place on Sunday, October 4 at the APA California Annual Conference in Oakland, CA.

Please help us make raise funds for future planners by donating to the annual auction. 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
Attend the auction, enjoy time with your colleagues, and bid!
Donations are due October 1.

For further information contact CPF Liaison Maira Sanchez at cpf@apalosangeles.org.
Our Sponsors
Deputy Director/City Planner
City of Simi Valley
Teacher/ Tutor
EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
Senior Planner 
City of Duarte, CA
Habitat Conservation Plan Specialist / Principal Program Manager 
Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency
Intermediate Planner/Designer 
Raimi + Associates
Urban Designer 
Beverly Hills
Associate Planner 
FE Design & Consulting
Senior Planner
City of Buena Park
Associate Planner 
City of Azusa