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April 16, 2016 APA Los Angeles
LADOT People St Program Wins National Planning Award

At the awards luncheon held during APA's National Planning Conference in April, LADOT's People St was recognized with a National Planning Achievement Award, one of just six awarded nationwide. Congratulations, LADOT and the People St team! APA Los Angeles is proud to be part of your success.

Stay tuned for announcement of a local celebration!
Awards Gala June 16 at The Colburn School
Save the Date!

APA Los Angeles is excited to announce that this year's Planning Awards Gala will be held at the Colburn School's Zipper Hall on June 16.

The Colburn School is one of the hubs of the arts community along Downtown LA's Grand Avenue. Founded in 1950 as the Community School for the Arts - a small music preparatory school for the University of Southern California, the Colburn School has evolved into an independent, non-profit institution with a breadth and depth of programs and classes in arts education. We are looking forward to honoring Los Angeles County's best plans and planning achievements in this vibrant space.

Sponsorships Available

Sponsorship opportunities for the awards gala are available at many different levels - click here for rates and information. Your contribution will not only help to underwrite the event, but will also provide the opportunity for you to market your services, products, and programs to key players in the region's planning community. Attendees will include municipal planners, planning consultants, developers, policymakers, elected officials, attorneys and real estate professionals.

Upcoming Events
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 Place: CicLAvia swag packs! 
  • 3rd place: Free admission to an APA Los Angeles event
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, May 21
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!
In Memoriam: Margarita P. McCoy, FAICP

The planning profession lost a true advocate with the passing of former AICP President Margarita P. McCoy, FAICP, on April 1, 2016. 
McCoy served on the APA Board of Directors and the AICP Commission. She served as the AICP Commission President from 1981 to 1982. She also was a member of the Planning Accreditation Board and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. 
McCoy began her planning career in 1959 as an elected member of the planning board in Sadbury, Massachusetts. She served as an administrator and faculty member in the department of urban planning at California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

In 2005, McCoy received the APA National Women in Planning Award. Below is the Planning magazine (March 2005) article about her contributions to the planning profession. 

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 [email protected].
APA California Seeks Letters on Key State Legislation

The 2016 legislative session is in full swing, and APA California is working to formulate positions on many planning-related bills. Our lobbyists are asking for your jurisdiction or organization to submit letters on the bills below by Friday, April 8 or as soon as possible. For more information, log in to
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!

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