January 5, 2016 APA Los Angeles APALosAngeles.org

APA Los Angeles' new section director for 2016-2017 is Ashley Atkinson, who has served on our Board since 2011. Ashley is a Planning & Housing Specialist in Mayor Garcetti's Office of Economic Development and has dual Master's degrees in Public Administration and Planning from USC. She chats about her career in planning, her life in LA, and her vision for APA Los Angeles in an interview up now on our blog.
2016 State Call for Mobile Workshops

Stay up-to-date on the 2016 State Conference in Pasadena by liking the conference Facebook page!

Submissions are now being accepted for mobile workshops. Get the complete information on our blog.

Upcoming Events
Latino Neighborhoods in Transition Dialogo Series
Thursday, January 28
6-8:30 PM
City Labs Boyle Heights
553 S. Clarence St. 90033
FREE for members and students / $10 non-members

APA Los Angeles and the Latinos and Planning Division host this panel discussion focusing on the immigrant community in Los Angeles and the changes reflected in these communities as a result of gentrification, lack of affordable housing and the informal economy. Free for APA members, but non-APA members are welcome to attend!

This event will highlight the resilience of the immigrant community and the diversity within the planning profession and will promote the #cambiandoLA / #changingLA social media campaign.

  • Maria Cabildo, Chief of Staff, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, 1st District
  • Helen Campbell, Housing Planning and Economic Analyst, LA City Housing & Community Investment Department
  • Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, LURN
  • Isela C. Gracian, President, East LA Community Corporation
The event will including time for networking among attendees.
Planners' Book Club: Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles with Author David Ulin
Thursday, February 26
6:30-8 PM
3900 Wilshire Blvd. 90010
FREE for members and students / $10 non-members
1.5 hours CM credit available

Read and discuss "Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles" with the author, local resident and LA Times Book Critic David L. Ulin. The discussion will be held in the conference room of our host, Planetizen.

Buy and start reading the book now! More details, including registration information, will be announced. Attendance is limited.

Public transit is available on the Metro Purple Line or Rapid 720. 
2016 LA County Green Leadership Awards

The LA County Board of Supervisors created the Green Leadership Awards Program as a partnership with local residents, community groups, businesses and non-profit agencies to protect the environment and the County's natural resources. Awards are presented in five categories at the weekly meeting of the Board during Earth Week, which begins April 21. 

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 19. For more information, visit LA County's Green Leadership Award web site.
Seeking Planning Commissioner Representative

Are you a planning commissioner interested in helping support your fellow commissioners and get more involved with APA? APA Los Angeles is seeking a Planning Commissioner Representative to join our volunteer Board for 2016. The Planning Commissioner Representative maintains connections with local commissions and develops programs and initiatives to educate commissioners and increase their participation in APA Los Angeles. Candidates must be members of a local planning or related commission.

If you're interested, please contact Ashley Atkinson at directorelect@apalosangeles.org.
UC Berkeley Tech Transfer Winter Courses

UC Berkeley Tech Transfer would like to share with APA members their latest training courses offered online and across the state, which now include multimodal transportation and best practices in California. Visit UC Berkeley Tech Transfer for more information!

Multimodal Transportation Impact Analysis
January 27-28, 2016 - Costa Mesa

NEW! Multimodal Transportation Planning and Engineering 
March 8-10, 2016 - Los Angeles

Improving Safety at Intersections
Thursdays, March 10-24, 2016 - Online

Pedestrian Facility Design 
April 12-14, 2016 - Online
Housing for Adults with Autism Design Contest

Autism Speaks is offering $150,000 in prizes for belief-busting breakthroughs in housing and residential supports for adults with autism.

Currently, more than 3 million individuals in the US are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and around 500,000 of these individuals will be entering adulthood over the next ten years.
Autism Speaks innovative, breakthrough ideas in the following three home and residential support solutions:
  • For individuals who require 24/7 support
  • For individuals who require daily support
  • For individuals who require weekly support
The best solution in each of these categories will receive a $50,000 USD prize. Last date for submission is March 1, 2016. No entry fee is required. Visit the  Autism Speaks House to Home Prize challenge page to find out more and to register as an innovator. 
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City of Duarte
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Natural Resources Defense Council
Project Manager 
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Environmental Science Associates
Senior Right-of-Way Encroachment Specialist
Permit Analyst II
Urban Planning Blogger 
The Global Grid
Project Manager
Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health
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PCR Services Corporation
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Investing in Place
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City of San Gabriel
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