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April 2, 2016 APA Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles welcomed long-time APA leader Vince Bertoni as its new Director of City Planning in February. Over the course of nearly three decades in professional planning in Southern California, Bertoni has led both APA's California Chapter and its Los Angeles Section, in addition to co-chairing the 2012 National Planning Conference in downtown LA. On March 21, he spoke with APA Los Angeles in the Tom Bradley Room of City Hall. Read more on our blog.
Taking the AICP Exam? Take Our Training
APA Los Angeles Presents:
AICP Exam Prep Workshop
Saturday, April 16
8:30 AM - 1 PM
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
$20 members / $10 students / $40 non-members

Prepare for the AICP exam in May or November with APA LA's annual AICP Study Session. Distinguished faculty and planning professionals will give targeted lectures on a variety of exam topics, including: housing, urban design, land use and development regulations, visioning and goal setting, planning law, and planning ethics. This event is intended for people who are already signed up to take the exam, and those considering it in the near future.

  • Carol Barrett, FAICP, Assistant Director of Planning and Transportation, City of Burbank 
  • Matt Glesne, City Planner, City of Los Angeles 
  • Woodie Tescher, Principal, PlaceWorks 
  • Geoff Danker, AICP, Senior Environmental Policy Advisor, Southern California Gas Company 
  • Diana Varat, Lecturer, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Urban Planning
Continental breakfast is provided.

There is ample bike parking on campus, as well as several transit options, including the Expo Line. Arrivals by car should use Gate 3 on Figueroa and park in structure PS-X. Parking is $10. 
Upcoming Events
APA's Young & Emerging Planners, USC ASPD and Urban Rising Group Present:
Rise Above the Noise: Questioning Media & Unpacking Biases for Emerging Planners
Saturday, April 16
2-5 PM
USC Price School of Public Policy
Ralph & Goldy Lewis Hall, 650 Childs Way 90089

Become a more media aware and social justice-minded planner!

As a society, we consume racist media stereotypes everyday. These media messages reinforce poor self-image and self-awareness, and fuel the building blocks of racism, perception of "others," racial profiling and discrimination. With today's saturation of media, our ideologies, work policies and practices unconsciously support the institution of racism. For urban planners and policymakers, this translates into practices and outcomes that do not foster just, equitable or livable outcomes for the constituents we serve.

Speaker/Facilitator: Dr. Shani Byard, Founder, Scholar and Educational Consultant of Message Media Education

Sponsored by the USC Associated Students of Planning and Development and Urban Rising Group, in collaboration with APA Los Angeles' Young & Emerging Planning Professional Group.

Participants are encouraged to take public transportation using the Metro Expo Line. Parking is available on-campus for $12. The nearest parking structure is Parking Structure X on Figueroa and McCarthy Way.
Beacon Economics and LMU Present:
Forecast LA 2016
Wednesday, April 20
8 - 11:30 AM
Loyola Marymount University, Gersten Pavilion
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
$150 with discount code APA2016

APA Los Angeles is proud to be a partner organization for Forecast LA, an annual conference that integrates a triad of forecasting metrics: the opinions of residents, the opinions of leaders, and traditional economic indicators. See flyer below for more information.

APA Los Angeles Presents:
Urbivia: Urbanism Trivia for Professional Planners
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
6:30 - 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 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 6:45 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 Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole, and title of reigning Urbivia Champion
  • 2nd and 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.
LABC's 10th Anniversary Sustainability Summit
Friday, April 29
7 AM - 2 PM
Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr. 90049
$175 government/non-profit / $250 LABC Member / $325 General

APA Los Angeles is proud to join LABC as a cooperating organization for their 10th Anniversary Sustainability Summit on April 29, and VIP Tribute to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer on March 31. See flyer below for more information and register with LABC.

APA Los Angeles Presents:
A Taste of Ventura Boulevard: Food Tour for Planners with Secret City
Saturday, April 30
10 AM - 2 PM
Universal City Red Line Station
3901 Lankershim Blvd. 91604
$40 members & students / $50 non-members

Most planners and Angelenos know that to get in a car and zip from one tourist destination to another is to miss some of the greatest joys of Los Angeles. APA LA's "Planning Local in a Global City" series will guide planners to the cultural diversity and culinary treasures that exist within our backyard. These tours are not just for foodies, but are designed to delve into issues of economic and community development in neighborhoods rich with tradition, history, art and delicious cuisine.

The second in this series will take us to Ventura Boulevard, the lifeblood of the San Fernando Valley. We'll make our way from east to west via private coach, making approximately five food stops with historical, civic, and cultural information provided by our guides from Secret City Food Tours!

More details to be announced - reserve your space today!
Local AICP Exam Study Groups Forming Now

Are you confirmed to take the the AICP exam in May? Have you been dedicating the necessary time to review the required study materials? Are you thinking that a study group might help you prepare? If so, we want to help. If you are interested in forming a study group, please email Richard Rojas at
Apply Now for CPF Student Scholarships

Each year the California Planning Foundation (CPF) invites planning students to compete for a number of scholarships. Awards are based on criteria including academic performance, financial need, increasing diversity in the planning profession, and a commitment to serve the planning profession in California after graduation. All scholarships include a one-year APA student membership. Applications are due April 15.

APA Los Angeles is  proud to have contributed $4,000 toward a $1,000 Section Scholarship for one student at each of our four local universities: Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Northridge, UCLA and USC.

These scholarships are designed for continuing students entering their final year of an eligible undergraduate or master's degree program. For an application and a list of eligible programs, visit the CPF web site.
Last Chance: SCAG Student Poster Submissions

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is hosting its 51st Annual Regional Conference & General Assembly on May 5 and 6 at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta. SCAG will be hosting an exhibit of exceptional student projects in the discipline of urban and regional planning. Selected students will have the opportunity to showcase their projects at the conference exhibit hall on May 6 to an audience of elected officials, planning practitioners and various public, private and non-profit stakeholders from across Southern California.

SCAG is requesting abstracts for student-led projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to sustainability-related planning issues on a local or regional scale. To download the poster session guidelines, please visit SCAG's Regional Conference & General Assembly website: Submissions are due by April 4 at 2 p.m.

If you have further questions, contact India Brookover,
New On-Demand Videos from APA California
APA California is offering free previews of its entire on-demand video catalogue -- including six new titles from the 2015 Oakland Conference. Convenient, informative, inexpensive and timely, these videos are the next best thing to attending a live conference session. Let's take care of those CM credit deficits!
Click here to view video previews! You will need to log in using your APA member number.
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!

Pedestrian Facility Design 
April 12-14, 2016 - Online
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