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July 16, 2016 APA Los Angeles
Board Interview: Bryan Eck, Membership Director

In addition to being APA Los Angeles' Membership Director and data analyst extraordinaire, Bryan Eck is a planner at the City of Los Angeles, working on planning the future of Downtown through its community plan updates. Read the full interview on our blog to discover what he loves about Los Angeles, and what planning books he recommends!
CalPlanner's Conference Edition is Here!

CalPlanner is APA California's digital bi-monthly newsletter, providing members with the latest information on a broad range of planning topics as well as offering news and announcements on planning activities from around the state. 
This year's conference edition spotlights the theme of the upcoming Pasadena conference - Crafting Our Future: The Art of Planning. It has been eight years since the State conference was held in the Los Angeles area and much has changed - for example, one can now travel from Pasadena to the ocean on Metro's light rail system. Check out the latest CalPlanner for more on by visiting APA California.
Upcoming Events
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.
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice Presents:
L.A. River Bike Toxic Tour: Re-Membering Environmental Racism

Saturday, July 30

East LA to Long Beach

Location and Time TBD

To Remember

To Re-Member

To put together again.

Join us as we ride down the LA River Re-Membering stories of fights against environmental racism and other forms of injustice in our communities along the LA River.

Throughout the ride we will re-member sites like Belvedere Park, East LA, Sleepy Lagoon, Fwy divisons, rail yards, and discuss the historical significance to communities of color as sites of resistance and push for survival.

Because we live in these communities, we know that the fight still continues. For this reason, we will highlight work being done to address injustice across the river.

We will tell stories.

We will revisit sites.

We will Re-member.

We will Organize.

APA Los Angeles' Young & Emerging Planning Professionals (YEPP) will be supporting a station on this tour. 

For more information, call 323.263.2113
 or visit
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 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
APA Los Angeles & the South Park BID Present:
People St Block Party & Award Celebration

Tuesday, August 23

6-8 PM
$10 members / $15 non-members/ $5 students
Ticketing information TBD

Join APA Los Angeles and the South Park BID as we celebrate People St as a recipient of a 2016 National Planning Achievement Award, one of just six nationwide. To celebrate, we're throwing a summer block party with music, tacos, beverages, and mingling around the Hope Street Parklet between 11th and 12th Streets.

People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles' Department of Transportation, helps communities transform sections of Los Angeles' 7,500 miles of city streets into active, vibrant, and accessible public spaces.

People St facilitates partnerships between the community and the City of Los Angeles, uplifting grassroots initiatives and empowering community partners to build neighborhood support for plaza, parklets, and other public spaces.  The program exemplifies what can be done when planners work together with talented interdisciplinary teams of designers and engineers as well as the community to create memorable places.

Please take the Silver Line to 11th and Flower. The street will be shut down to through traffic for the block party and private parking in the area can be expensive.
State Conference Ambassador Program for Young Planners Recruiting Hosts & Guests!

The 2016 APA California Conference Ambassador Program is an opportunity for visiting Young Planners Group (YPG) and Student APA members outside of the host section attending the 2016 State Conference to fellowship with and be hosted by a fellow YPG or student member from the host area. The intent of the program is to provide these visiting planners with a unique conference experience by allowing them to directly connect with local planners while also aiding with conference rooming cost. If you are a current YPG or Student member who is interested in being a host or guest please sign up below!

Hosts sign up here 
Guests sign up here

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.
Donate Auction Items for CPF's Fundraiser!
The California Planning Foundation is a nonprofit corporation with the goal of furthering the professional practice of planning in California. CPF needs your help to ensure that young people drawn to planning are able to fund their education.

Last year, CPF awarded over 34 scholarships totaling more than $50,000 to planning students throughout California. Our primary fundraising activity is the annual Scholarship Auction held at the APA California Conference. This year the auction will be held in Pasadena in honor of Virginia Viado and Ted Holzem on Sunday, October 23.

CPF is seeking items for its live and silent auctions such as:

* gift cards or gift baskets

* restaurant gift certificates

* weekend at your cabin or beach house

* day of consulting services

* tickets to sporting events

* family heirloom that it's time to pass on

* planning books

* art work

* movie tickets

* bottles of wine

Every member of APA is a member of CPF so please help! To donate an item, please fill out the donation form and send to Wendy Nowak, AICP at or (714) 966-9220.
Conference Registration 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.

2017 National Conference Proposals Due 8/25

Planning is on the move. Get on board! Take the APA train to the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City, May 6-9 2017.

Is your work advancing the field of planning? Do you have insights that would enlighten your colleagues in the field? Propose a session, workshop, or discussion and help make the 2017 conference the hottest place for planners everywhere.

Session; deep dive; facilitated discussion; general and student posters; Fast, Funny, or Passionate proposals are due August 25. See for details and guidelines. Proposals must be submitted by an American Planning Association member.

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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