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July 6, 2016 APA Los Angeles
New on Our Blog: Thoughts on Cycling Worldwide


Four years ago, APA Los Angeles Board member Nate Cherry, AICP 
ditched his car and started commuting to downtown LA. Now having traveled the equivalent of one trip around the earth, he's learned a few things, and pauses to reflect on what it means for his community and his city. Check out our blog for his thoughts on the viability of long-term bike commuting in LA.
Celebrating Award-Winning Planning

The 2016 APA Los Angeles Awards were held on Thursday, June 16 at the Colburn School, at the heart of the arts community along Downtown LA's Grand Avenue. The gala event included an inspirational keynote speech by Gail Goldberg, FAICP, Executive Director of ULI Los Angeles, and a ceremony recognizing exceptional planning achievements by individuals, cities, and businesses in the Los Angeles region.

View photos from the evening or the winners we celebrated, who are eligible for awards at the State and National levels.
Thanks to our attendees, jurors and sponsors!
Upcoming Events
APA Los Angeles Presents:
Petersen Ranch Mitigation Bank Tour

Saturday, July 16
8 AM - 1 PM
Petersen Ranch Conference Center

13213 Johnson Road, Lake Hughes CA
$20 members / $25 non-members / $15 students
CM Credits Requested

Remember when you learned about mitigation banking in your environmental planning course?  Well, now you can see what a mitigation bank actually looks like! Join APA Los Angeles for a tour of Petersen Ranch. The Petersen Ranch Mitigation Bank consists of two sites in unincorporated Los Angeles County: the approximately 4,000 acre Petersen Ranch near Leona Valley and the 300+ acre Elizabeth Lake site located within the Angeles National Forest, on the shores of Elizabeth Lake.

Petersen Ranch is the largest mitigation bank in California and the first mitigation bank in Los Angeles County. Target resources include: wetland and riparian habitats; desert wash; alluvial floodplain; oak & juniper woodlands; native grasslands; mixed chaparral; and scrub communities. The Bank also contains foraging habitat for Swainsons Hawk, and potential habitat for Burrowing Owl, Coast Horned Lizard, Golden & Bald Eagle and other sensitive species.

Speakers include:
  • Tracey Brownfield, Land Veritas
  • Julie Vandermost Beeman, VCS Environmental 
This event is limited to 20 attendees. We will be using four wheel drive vehicles to tour the site and the schedule includes drive time. As we get closer to the tour date, we will firm up travel and logistics information with attendees. Lunch will be provided.

APA Los Angeles Presents:
Summer in the City II - Carson

Saturday, July 30

11 AM - 1 PM
Phantom Carriage Brewery

18525 S. Main Street, Carson
$10 members / $15 non-members / $5 students
CM Credits Offered

Summer in the City II features the City of Carson. Located 13 miles south of Downtown LA, Carson is home to California State University - Dominguez Hills, the StubHub Center, and that giant blimp that you sometimes see floating around the sky! It's also where you can find our host for Summer in the City II - the Phantom Carriage Brewery.

Join us down at Phantom Carriage to learn more about the beer business and its intersection with planning. APA Los Angeles has assembled a fantastic panel of guests for a lively, informal conversation about the success of the brewing industry in and around Los Angeles. Learn more about transitioning from home brewer to commercial brewery, what breweries are looking for when scouting a place to call home, the hurdles of getting a brewery up and running, and misconceptions about breweries vs. clubs, bars, and nightclubs. Oh, and that question that none of us can answer without smiling - why do we love sitting a brewery and drinking beer so much?

Doors open at 11 AM and panel discussion begins at 11:15. After our chat, Phantom Carriage will be offering up tours of the brewery - and maybe even a tasting opportunity? APA Los Angeles will provide snacks, and feel free to stay into the afternoon for beers, food, and networking. Cheers!

Featured Speakers: 

  • Martin Svab - Martin's a self-proclaimed beer geek and one of the founders of the Phantom Carriage Brewery. After a favorable reception for their first small-batch beer, the partners sought out a local space to house the brewery. Carson welcomed the team with open arms, and a comparatively streamlined bureaucracy. The 7,000-square-foot location now houses a tasting room, a small pilot-batch brewhouse, a screening room for classic horror films and beer education classes, and a kitchen focused on sandwiches and small plates.
  • Frances Lopez - Frances is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Brewers Guild, a non-profit organization comprised of over 45 independently-owned craft breweries within LA County. Its mission is to promote, protect, and foster a world-class beer culture in LA.
APA Los Angeles and Metro Present:
Transit Supportive Planning Toolkit Training
706 S. Hill St., 90012
Date & Registration TBD
CM credits requested

Metro  is collaborating with the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) to develop a Transit Supportive Planning Toolkit that provides local municipalities with policy and regulatory tools to encourage implementation of transit oriented developments (TOD) in their jurisdictions. The Toolkit, which is prepared as a website, provides best practices, land use policies, sample ordinances, and other strategies that can be used by local municipalities to develop and adopt transit-supportive land use and zoning regulations. 

Metro is conducting a series of informational workshops in late July and August 2016 to preview the Toolkit and obtain feedback on the content of the project. The workshops are geared towards local city and county planning department staff, as well as regional agency staff, city planning commissioners, and members of neighborhood or planning advocacy organizations.

The workshops will include informational presentations on the content and tools contained in the Toolkit, with opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback from attendees about the situations faced in their cities.

The Toolkit is a component of a countywide climate action and sustainability plan entitled "A Greater Los Angeles, the Framework for Regional Climate Action and Sustainability" being developed by LARC. The LARC framework will provide Los Angeles County with regional policy direction, coordinated strategic planning, and best management practices for climate change mitigation and adaption strategies.

Institute of Transportation Engineers & Young Professionals in Transportation Present:
TransportationCamp Anaheim

Sunday, August 14

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
$35 Registration 

Join hundreds of innovative thinkers and doers to talk about the future of transportation at TransportationCamp in Anaheim brought to you by the Institute of Transportation Professionals and Young Professionals in Transportation.  This unconference is about connecting all types of transportation professionals and giving each of you an opportunity to voice your outlook, ideas and opinions on how we all can work together to create better communities and positively affect the quality of life for millions of people.

This is not a traditional conference. The session topics and activities are suggested by the attendees. TransportationCamp provides an opportunity for every attendee to be a participant in shaping and leading the event. Be prepared to get involved and meet people. Major themes reflect the backgrounds and interests of the participants. Questions? Contact Colleen Agan at or visit
Young Planners' T-Shirt Design Contest
We're looking for a new design to represent APA Los Angeles' Young and Emerging Planning Professionals (YEPP)! Here's your chance to show us your creative side and submit an original design for our 2016 T-Shirt Contest. 

If you'd like to participate, simply send an application to:  Please include your name, e-mail address, and phone number, and attach your design to your email.

Deadline: August 15, 2016
Winner Announced: September 15, 2016

  • The design must be your own original, unpublished work and must not include any third-party logos or copyrighted material; by entering the competition, you agree that your submission is your own work
  • Design should be one that appeals to the majority of the urban planning community
  • Your design is for the front of the shirt and may take up to 10 x 10 inches
  • Design may use a maximum of two colors
The Fine Print:
  • One entry per person (if you are submitting as a group please submit one application). 
  • Art must be original. Content found on the internet is unlawful when used without permission.
  • Submissions will be screened for merit and feasibility, and we reserve the right to make changes such as image size, ink or t-shirt color before printing.
  • By submitting your design, you grant permission for your design to be used by APA Los Angeles.
  • The Selection Committee reserves the right to final decision.
  • The creator of the winning design will receive attribution on the T-shirt.
State Conference Registration Now Open! Early bird discount ends July 31
Don't miss this year's APA California conference at the Pasadena Convention Center, October 22-25! Conference and hotel registration are now open. For more details and to register, visit the conference site.
Sponsor & Exhibitor Deadline August 31
The conference is quickly approaching, and exhibit booth and sponsorship packages are now available through August 31. For more information about the variety of packages available, please see the sponsorship and exhibitor brochure.

Pro Bono Community Planning Assistance Now Available from APA California

APA's California Chapter has launched a program to provide volunteer professional planning assistance to financially constrained municipalities and community groups throughout the state. By pairing expert planning professionals with residents and other stakeholders from communities with limited resources, the Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) program seeks to foster community education, engagement, and empowerment. Team members are selected for their expertise and will engage community representatives in a short but intensive planning process that can develop visions, strategies, plans, or processes.

APA members that wish to volunteer their services and cities or organizations that need pro bono professional planning assistance may visit APA California for more information and to register. 
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City of Brea

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City of Bell

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City of La Verne

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City of Vista

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Assistant Planner
City of La Verne

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City of Hermosa Beach

Senior Planning Manager
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Principal Consultant (Transportation Demand Management)
Steer Davies Gleave

Green Urbanism Program Assistant
Global Green USA

Senior Associate
Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles

Permitting Manager

Staff Planner/Project Planner
Impact Sciences, Inc.

Director/Partner, Transmission Planning & Permitting
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Principal Consultant, Environmental Planning/Permitting
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Associate Planner
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