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January 15, 2016 APA Los Angeles APALosAngeles.org

One of APA Los Angeles' two Directors of Awards for 2016-2017 is Robyn Eason. As a planner with the US Green Building Council, she works towards a built environment that demonstrates excellence in sustainability, resilience, and social equity. In this interview, she talks about her passion for planning and her experiences working in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Read more on our blog.
State Conference Call for Presentations

APA California and the 2016 Conference Host Committee are seeking online presentation submittals (including Sessions, Workshops/ Design Charrettes, Salons - and new this year - Quick Hits) consistent with the conference theme of Crafting Our Future: The Art of Planning and focused on one of the following six core conference tracks:
  • Resiliency
  • Sustainability 
  • By the Numbers (Data, Demographics and Technology)
  • City Beautiful 2.0 
  • Community Outreach: The Art of Communicating with the Public
  • Crafting Meaningful Regulations
Submissions close February 10 at 11:59 pm. Late submissions will not be accepted. Click on the flyer above or check the web site for more details: APACalifornia-Conference.org
Upcoming Events
SCAN NATOA Presents:
A Primer on Wireless Shot Clocks
Thursday, January 21
9:30 AM-12 PM
Heritage Park, 10200 Slater Ave.
Fountain Valley
$50 for non-SCAN members
 
Join SCAN NATOA for a primer for planners, public works officials, and city attorneys on a new State law (AB 57) that may create automatic approvals for brand new cell towers/antennas and collocations based on 150/90 day clocks. The following panelists discuss the effects of these "shot clocks" on local governments:
  • Robert "Tripp" May III, Telecom Law Firm, PC
  • Trevor Lottes, President, Kapstone Planning
  • Stephen Higa, Principal Planner, City of Irvine
  • Michael W. Shonafelt, Newmeyer & Dillion
For more information, visit SCAN-NATOA or contact Javan Rad at JRad@cityofpasadena.net.
UCLA Extension Public Policy Program Presents:
30th Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference
Friday, January 22
8:30 AM-5 PM
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave. 90071
$495 (limited discounts available)
7 hours CM credit
  
UCLA Extension's Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference is largely regarded as the preeminent land use conference in the West. This one-day interdisciplinary program features a variety of knowledgeable speakers who will provide succinct and provocative updates on core state and federal case law and legislation, land use law and planning issues. The conference is essential for attorneys, planners, environmentalists, and developers who need to know how land use law and planning is changing and affecting their interests. 

This year's dynamic panels include:
  • Keynote speaker Dr. Lucy Jones, Science Advisor for Risk Reduction at the U.S. Geological Survey
  • A 30-Year Prospective Look at Land Use Law in California
  • CEQA 2015: Discussion about the Supreme Court's decisions
  • Quick Hits: Updates on a variety of topics
  • Planning, Zoning and Development Law
  • Affordable Housing
For more information, visit UCLA Extension Public Policy Program.
APA Los Angeles Presents:
Latino Neighborhoods in Transition Dialogo
Thursday, January 28
6-8:30 PM
City Labs Boyle Heights
553 S. Clarence St. 90033
FREE
Register 

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.

Panelists:
  • 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.
APA Los Angeles Presents: Planners' Book Club
Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles with Author David Ulin
Thursday, February 25
6:30-8 PM
Planetizen
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 will be announced. Attendance is limited.

Public transit is available on the Metro Purple Line or Rapid 720. 
Announcements
2016 Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning - Reception and Banquet

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning: Dr. Lisa K. Bates of Portland State University and Mr. Hector Verdugo of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles. The public is invited to participate in the following Dale Prize events:
  • Wednesday, February 10
    • Reception from 5 -6 PM Ursa Minor, Bronco Student Center
    • Dale Prize Colloquium, 6-8 PM
      Event is free; no RSVP required. 
  • Thursday, February 11
    • Dale Prize Banquet, 7-9 PM, W. K. Kellogg House.
    • Cost is $30. RSVP by January 30 to Ms. Laura Fujimoto Hernandez at 909-869-2688 or by email at URPDEPT@nullcpp.edu.
Information is also available at http://www.cpp.edu/urp/daleprize.
LA County Green Leadership Awards Now Open

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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