November 2, 2015 APA Los Angeles APAlosangeles.org
LA's Female Leaders Discuss Women in Planning with APA
On October 19, APA Los Angeles gathered more than 50 women working in planning in LA for a conversation around the professional growth of women in planning and the changing roles of women in our communities.
The evening's panel featured some of Los Angeles' foremost female leaders in the field, who shared candid thoughts on their careers and experiences. Read more on our blog.

APA / AEP Holiday Party at Clifton's, 12/7
APA Los Angeles and LA AEP Present:
2015 APA/AEP Holiday Party
Monday, December 7
6-9 PM
Clifton's Cafeteria Treetops Bar
648 S. Broadway, 90014
$20 members / $40 non-members / $15 students

This holiday season, APA Los Angeles and the Los Angeles chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals are teaming up to bring you our best party of the year!

Come celebrate with your planning & environmental colleagues in a private area among the redwood branches in the fourth-floor Treetops bar. We'll have an array of passed appetizers and a limited open bar featuring craft beer, select wines and classic cocktails. Guests who wish to enhance their Clifton's experience by visiting the cafeteria line may do so on their own.

Parking is available in nearby private garages or on-street. Public transit is available via Metro buses and Red Line stations.
Upcoming Events
Society for American City and Regional Planning History Presents:
2015 Planning History Conference
November 5-8 (special one-day session November 5)
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S Grand Ave., 90071

The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) is bringing 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 downtown Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

On Thursday, November 5, a special one-day event titled "Redevelopment in the Rear View Mirror" will incude walking tours of Bunker Hill, a panel discussion with Don Spivak, formerly of the CRA, and former Councilwoman Jan Perry. The tour and lecture will be followed by a reception in Tom Gilmore's Old Bank Building. The cost for this whole day is $35 - register here.

Other conference events include walking and bus tours around Los Angeles County; gala receptions at the Los Angeles Central Library and other downtown sites; sessions, lectures, and informal gatherings addressing both historic and new planning projects; and a bookstore featuring the finest in historical and peer-reviewed literature.
Get the latest news from SACRPH on Twitter @SACRPH!
Association of Environmental Professionals Presents:
2015 CEQA Esentials Workshop
Friday, November 6
8:30 AM-4:30 PM
SoCal Gas Tower 
555 West 5th St. 90013
AICP-CM Credits Pending

AEP is pleased to invite you to register for the upcoming 2015 CEQA Essentials Workshop to be held in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, November 6. This workshop provides a basic understanding of the fundamentals of CEQA and the State Guidelines, and includes intermediate-level practice pointers and case studies. It features a curriculum developed specifically for people involved in the environmental review process, including consultants, regulators, applicants, or industry professionals, and will benefit those new to the field as well as mid-level practicing professionals.

Topics will include:
  • Understanding the Statute and Guidelines
  • CEQA Process and determining the appropriate document 
  • Adequacy of analysis and mitigation
  • Findings
  • Notices
  • Legal challenges and defensibility
  • Practice pointers
  • Case studies
  • Projects also subject to NEPA
APA Los Angeles Presents:
Urbivia: Urbanism Trivia for Professional Planners
Tuesday, November 10
6-9 PM
HMS Bounty
3357 Wilshire Blvd. 90010
FREE for members / $5 non-members

Calling all urban planning and design nerds for a night that is sure to test your knowledge, at the second-ever Urbivia - an urbanism trivia night for professional planners!

LA's own "Alex Trebek of Planning" will challenge pre-registered teams to four rounds of questions, plus an extra-challenging bonus round. Teams will compete for prizes and the title of LA URBIVIA CHAMPION! Questions will be unapologetically rigorous and the ultimate judge of your team's plannerly knowledge. Trivia rounds start at 6:30 sharp and end at 8:30.

Register your team of up to 6 members. Don't have a team? Register yourself and we'll match you with other solo planning savants.

In addition to epic notoriety, rewards include:
  • 1st Place: Team lunch with Metro CEO Phillip Washington and title of reigning Urbivia Champion!
  • 2nd Place: Signed copies of David Ulin's new book about walking in LA, "Sidewalking," for each team member
  • 3rd place will also be awarded!
The HMS Bounty is a short walk from the Wilshire/Normandie Purple Line Station and the Wilshire/Vermont Red/Purple Line station. It is also served by numerous Wilshire Boulevard bus routes. Street parking in the area can be difficult, but there are private lots nearby.
Office of Planning and Research Presents:
A Blueprint for Health: Planning Communities that Promote Equity
Tuesday, November 17
9 AM - 1:30 PM
The California Endowment
1000 North Alameda St. 90012
$25 public / $10 CPEHN members

The Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has released revised general plan guidelines, which direct cities and counties to consider key issues such as housing, complete streets, and open space in the planning and development of their communities. The revised guidelines include new sections on how local jurisdictions can promote health and equity in future development. These draft guidelines have the potential to impact health in many ways, such as encouraging the availability of healthy foods, promoting active transportation, and identifying housing needs.
Learn about the potential of the new guidelines at A Blueprint for Health: Planning Communities that Promote Equity! The convening will provide you the opportunity to:
  • Hear about the draft guidelines from staff at the Office of Research and Planning
  • Talk with local advocates about the potential impacts of the revisions
  • Share your feedback on the new health and equity components of the draft guidelines
You can join the discussion about this event on Twitter at #Blueprint4Health.

$25 for the General Public and $10 for CPEHN Network Members. Not a Network member? Join CPEHN's Network and receive a discount code!

Can't afford to pay the registration fee? Please complete the Fee Waiver Form and email it to info@cpehn.org or fax it to (510) 832-1175, and we will get back to you in 2-3 business day

Please contact Ruben Cantu if you have any questions at (510) 832-1160 x301 or rcantu@cpehn.org.
APA Los Angeles and SoCalGas Present:
The Billion Dollar Question: How to Access Cap and Trade Funds
Wednesday, November 18
8 AM-2 PM
SoCalGas Energy Resource Center
9240 Firestone Blvd., Downey, 90241

SoCalGas, in collaboration with APA Los Angeles, SCAG, APA and other co-sponsors is offering this free workshop on how to access California's Cap-and-Trade grant funding.

The State is expected to raise billions of dollars in auction revenues through 2020 and will distribute these funds through a competitive grant process in an effort to further reduce greenhouse gases in the state. Come learn more about the programs, gain insights from experienced program applicants, and meet organizations who provide resources for accessing Cap-and-Trade funds.  Learn what it takes to produce a successful application and hear what types of programs are being created for the next round of funding.

Cities, counties, public higher education institutions, other local governments, transit agencies, low-income housing developers, and the non-profits who may partner on a community project can all benefit from this workshop.

Register by November 4For questions, call Sarita Figueroa at 213-244-3621.
APA Los Angeles and Eco-Rapid Transit Present:
Eco-Rapid Transit Transportation Summit
Wednesday, November 18
8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Artesia D.E.S. Portuguese Hall
11903 Ashworth St., Artesia 90701
10% off for APA members ($90) with code APA2015

Building a sustainable and economically viable future through public transit will be the focus of more than 100 transportation and government officials at the first annual Eco-Rapid Transit Transportation Summit on November 18. This summit will be a catalyst for transit-oriented development and the creation of sustainable infrastructure in the Gateway Cities region of southern California.

Join distinguished speakers including State Treasurer John Chiang, State Senator Tony Mendoza, Therese McMillan (Acting Federal Transit Administrator), Hasan Ikhrata, (Executive Director of SCAG), Diane DuBois (Metro Board Director) Ali Saleh (Gateway Cities COG President) and Phil Washington (Metro CEO).  

Gil Penalosa, CEO of 8-80 Cities and creator of Ciclovia in Bogota will be delivering the keynote address: Creating vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone.

Eco-Rapid Transit, formerly known as the Orangeline Development Authority, is a joint powers authority (JPA) created to pursue development of a transit system that moves as rapidly as possible, uses grade separation as appropriate, and is environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

APA Los Angeles and UCLA Luskin School Present:
10th Annual APA Los Angeles Student Symposium
Saturday, November 21
10 AM-3 PM
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
337 Charles E Young Dr. 90095
SAVE THE DATE - More details to come!

Graduate and undergraduate planning students from schools across Los Angeles County are invited to APA's free annual student symposium, hosted this year by a cohort of student planning organizations at UCLA: Bruins for Urban Design and Development, Built Environment and Public Health Council, and Planners of Color for Social Equity. Join them for an educational and inspiring day of discussions and panels around the theme of Social Justice and Community Engagement. The symposium will specifically address how urban planners engage marginalized communities in a wide range of planning arenas, and ways to better strategize for equitable outcomes.

Guest speakers and workshops will focus on the following topics:
  • Complete Streets Policy
  • Race and the Streets
  • Career Panel featuring guests from academic, public, private, and non-profit fields
The event will conclude with a networking mixer/happy hour to be held in Westwood Village. Further event details, including how to register, will be made available soon.

On-site parking will be available ($12). Public transit is available via Big Blue Bus, Culver City bus, and Metro bus.
APA Los Angeles Presents:
Student & Young Planner Happy Hour
Saturday, November 21
3:30-6:30 PM
Barney's Beanery - Westwood
1037 Broxton Ave., 90024
SAVE THE DATE - More details to come!

Following APA's annual student symposium at UCLA, students and young professionals are invited to continue the discussion and share ideas over drinks at Barney's Beanery. Appetizers will be provided by APA. Join us!
Caltrans Presents: 
2015 California Transportation Planning Conference 
December 2-4
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is hosting the 2015 California Transportation Planning Conference (CTPC) this December 2-4 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  The conference theme for this year is Partnering for Sustainable Transportation

Caltrans hosted this conference in 2006 and 2008 and is resuming this interactive, three-day session where transportation thought-leaders and decision-makers will exchange ideas and learn about the latest developments in transportation. This year's conference will bring together representatives from national, State, regional, local, and private organizations to guide discussions about innovative transportation funding, achieving a sustainable, multi-modal transportation system, and the context for the future of transportation. 

For more information or to register, visit the conference web site
Vote in CPF Board Elections by Friday 11/6

The California Planning Foundation Board is filling two vacancies. Board members are responsible for all aspects of fund raising and awarding of scholarships to planning students, and serve for four year terms.

Every member of APA California is a member of CPF and is entitled to vote. The deadline to cast your ballot is Friday, November 6 by 5 p.m.

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