September 16, 2015 APA Los Angeles APAlosangeles.org
Tour Beverly Hills with a Planner's View
APA Los Angeles Presents
Summer in the City: Beverly Hills
Saturday, September 19
10 AM-1 PM
455 N. Crescent Dr., 90210
$10 members / $20 non-members / $5 students (refreshments incl.)

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. On September 19, the fourth in our 2015 series will take us to the City of Beverly Hills.

Have you ever wondered how the small town of Beverly Hills became so picturesque and legendary? In this "Beverly Hills: Past-Present-Future" walk, city planners will lead a tour around the "Golden Triangle" of one of the world's most famous little cities:
  • Past: The history of this 100-year-old, master-planned city and current preservation efforts
  • Present:  Policies and planning strategies that helped to create and maintain a vibrant pedestrian district in the commercial core
  • Future: The unique opportunity to plan for to two forthcoming Purple Line subway stations.
Coffee and light snacks will be served upon arrival, and the tour will include visits to:
  • The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, an adaptive reuse and expansion of a historic post office;
  • Beverly Canon Gardens, an urban oasis adjacent to the Montage Hotel created through a public-private partnership;
  • Wilshire Boulevard, the modern office corridor and site of future subway station;
  • Rodeo Drive, the glamorous and iconic shopping street.

The tour will conclude at a neighborhood wine bar with complimentary tastings and appetizers!


Presenters include:
  • Susan Healy Keene, AICP, Community Development Director 
  • Michele McGrath, AICP, Principal Planner
  • Reina Kapadia, AICP, City Planner
Beverly Hills is accessible by two major bus lines, along Santa Monica Boulevard (Line 4 or 704, stop at Santa Monica Blvd./Rexford or Santa Monica/Crescent) and the Wilshire Corridor (Line 20 or 720, stop at Wilshire/Beverly). Parking is available in the Civic Center Garage at 450 N. Rexford Drive (2 hours free, then $1/30 mins).

Contact programs@apalosangeles.org with any questions.
Upcoming Events
APA Los Angeles YEPP 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 (YEPP) to discuss how we can use our place in planning (public, private, or non-profit) to help push forward social change. Non-APA members are encouraged to attend! 

This event will also kick off the #IAmPlanning social media campaign during the month of October (National 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." We hope that this campaign will 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. 

National Community Planning Month:
Healthy Communities, Healthy People
October 2015

Did you know that October is National Community Planning Month? Join APA Los Angeles in celebrating the planning profession and the work we all do to create better communities, with events all month long! Save these dates for these and look out for more to come.
  • AICP Exam Q&A - Date TBD
Taking the AICP exam in November? Come ask questions of a panel of recent AICP initiates to get the inside scoop.
  • Women in Planning - Monday, October 19
Join local female leaders in our profession for a candid discussion of their career paths and experiences in the field, and networking with other female planners.
  • re:code LA - Tuesday, October 27
Staff and consultants will present and discuss one of the City of Los Angeles' biggest planning efforts in years, a comprehensive revision of the City's outdated zoning code. Find out how their new approach will shape the future of LA.

How will you celebrate Planning Month in your workplace or your community? Check out some ideas from National APA and use the hashtag#planningmonth in your social media posts to spread the word about the importance of planning!
Alta Planning + Design Presents: 
Park[ing] Day
Friday, September 18
12-2 PM
7th St. and Grande Ave., DTLA

Alta Planning + Design will transform two parking spots in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, September 18th for Park[ing] Day 2015. Alta's Los Angeles office has been busy planning and preparing for what will be a fun and interactive event with the theme of "The Sweet Spot" at 7th St. and Grand Ave. 

Attendees are invited to come and relax with their lunch or a snack from 12-12 PM, share their knowledge on hidden public spaces in Downtown Los Angeles, and eat some sweets! As public spaces in Downtown Los Angeles are sparse, we are using Park[ing] Day as an opportunity to create a temporary public space for our Downtown community and prompt attendees to share their favorite public spaces in the area. Attendees are invited to help populate a map of public spaces in Downtown L.A. - which we hope will become a resource map of all the great, hidden public spaces to explore and enjoy. We will also have other opportunities to share ideas and pose for pictures in our Sweet Spot Photo booth!
APA California 2015 State Conference
Oakland: Rooted in AuthentiCITY
October 3-6
Oakland Marriott
Registration is still open -- visit the conference website for complete information.

Stay connected and share your ideas, thoughts, and social media posts about the conference by using Twitter handle @APA2015CA and #APA2015CA!

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 for LACBC's Bike and Ped Count, 9/19

Join the Los Angeles County Bicycle CoalitionLos Angeles Walks, and UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies for the fourth biennial Los Angeles bike and pedestrian count in 2015. With over 180 locations throughout the City of Los Angeles, hundreds of volunteers are needed to collect vital transportation data.

You can check locations near you on this MAP and sign uHERE for a count location and shift.


Get more information here, and if you have any questions about the count, email count@la-bike.org

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.
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
Planning Technician
City of Burbank Community Development Department
Urban Design Intern
Associate Principal
Impact Sciences, Inc.
Senior Planner
City of Arcadia
Transportation Planning Manager III
Land Use Manager
Kaiser Permanente
Bloggers (Various) 
Global Site Plans
Planning Services Director
City of Spokane
Planning Intern
City of Temple City
Deputy Director/City Planner
City of Simi Valley