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September 15, 2016 APA Los Angeles

Detroit native Nina O. Idemudia is an urban planner who has specialized in outreach strategies for government and non-profit entities. Her award-winning programs engage youth in the planning process and inspire a new generation of planners. Nina co-directs our Young and Emerging Planning Professionals group. Read the full interview on our blog
Planning at the Polls: California's Legacy of Local Land Use Initiatives, 10/4
APA Los Angeles and the State Conference Committee Present:  
Planning at the Polls: California's Legacy of Local Land Use Initiatives
Tuesday, October 4  
6 - 9 PM

Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave. 90012   
FREE for members / $20 non-members / $10 student non-members

1.5 CM credits

The current election cycle has brought planning to the forefront of public debate in Los Angeles, with the Build Better LA, Neighborhood Integrity, and Land Use Voter Empowerment initiatives each proposing to guide land use and development with the hand of the electorate. Other cities will be making similar decisions on issues large and small.

From Proposition U in Los Angeles to Ventura's SOAR initiatives, voters in California have gone to the ballot box on land use questions many times. For planners, such initiatives represent not just policy decisions, but complications to their work - and to some, a threat to the very practice of professional planning.

Join APA Los Angeles for a thoughtful discussion of the impacts of proposed and passed land use measures, and the forms they have taken over the years and across the state. Our guests include:
  • Ben Grant, Urban Design Policy Director, SPUR
  • Richard Greene, Director, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
  • Suzanne Hague, Senior Advisor for Community Development and Planning, California Strategic Growth Council
  • Con Howe, Former Director of City Planning, Los Angeles
  • Josh Stephens, Contributing Editor, California Planning Development Report (moderator)
  • Woodie Tescher, Principal, PlaceWorks
Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

Transit is available via the Red Line Civic Center/Grand Park Station, Gold Line Little Tokyo Station and Metro bus lines. Public parking is available in Little Tokyo garages. The underground garage at 140 N. Judge John Aiso St. offers a $3 flat rate after 5 PM.
Upcoming Events
APA Los Angeles YEPP Presents:
Welcome Back Student Mixer!

Wednesday, September 21

6:30 PM
Far Bar 
347 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA

Join the Young & Emerging Planners Committee for our monthly meeting and our Welcome Back Student Mixer. There will be free food available and a cash bar. Feel free to bring along your classmates or co-workers who may not be APA members to this get-together. Everyone is welcome - the more the merrier! We suggest carpooling, or even better, using active modes and/or public transit (it's easily accessible from the Gold Line Little Tokyo stop or Union Station). 
APA Los Angeles and ULI Los Angeles Present:
Transit Oriented Los Angeles 2016: Planning for Transit

Tuesday, October 4

7:30 AM - 12 PM

Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Ave. 90012
$90 Private / $80 Public / $70 Student (members)


ULI Los Angeles, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), presents Transit Oriented Los Angeles 2016: Planning for Transit, Tuesday, October 4, at the Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles. This year's ToLA event will feature leaders in the transportation, planning and development community offering the latest tools, opportunities and case studies.
Speakers include City of Los Angeles Planning Director Vince Bertoni and L.A. Metro Chief Planning Officer Therese McMillan in a keynote conversation.
"Los Angeles is on the move, from the recent completion of Metro Rail expansions in the San Gabriel Valley and to the beach, to progress on LAX access and the rollout of Bike Share," said ULI Los Angeles Executive Director Gail Goldberg. "The region is investing in a multi-modal transportation transformation. ToLA offers a chance to learn how the planning and real-estate communities can respond to this infrastructure investment."

To register, visit:

APA Los Angeles and USGBC Present:
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

October 5-7
Los Angeles Convention Center 
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The green building community gathers to share ideals and mutual passion at Greenbuild, sparking a contagious buzz throughout the week.

Greenbuild features three groundbreaking days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings. Join thousands of other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business.

Register today for the world's largest sustainable building event and join 20,000 of your closest peers for 200+ education sessions, 500+ exhibitors and networking opportunities with the brightest minds from around the globe. Visit for more details and plan to join us this fall in Los Angeles for Greenbuild 2016: Iconic Green. 

APA Book Club: Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Wednesday, October 12

Join us for a compelling and important discussion about affordable housing policy and development on October 12 in the evening. We will be discussing Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. It's a great read, and will spark an interesting conversation.

For now, save the date. Get the book, and start reading!
If you have a relevant location in mind for us to meet, or would like to host our event, please let us know.

Location and other details to come.

AICP Exam Prep Info Session
Wednesday, October 12

On October 12th, the Los Angeles Section will host an AICP Exam Prep Info Session for November Exam registrants. Panelists will include members who have recently passed the exam and will be available to answer questions about the application process, successful study methods, and exam itself.

The event will take place from 6:30-7:30 pm in a Downtown Los Angeles location that is TBD. Stay tuned for details and event registration.   
Los Angeles Business Council Presents:

15th Annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation, and Jobs Summit

Friday, October 28

7 AM - 2 PM

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Korn Convocation Hall


Speakers will include:

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Phil Washington, CEO of Metro
  • Doug Guthrie, President & CEO of the Housing Authority of Los Angeles
  • K. Robert Turner, Principal & CEO of Turner Impact Capital
  • Clyde Holland, Chairman & CEO of Holland Partner Group
  • Shad Balch, Manager of New Product & Public Policy Communications for General Motors


Last Day for Early Conference Rates!

Conference rates increase Friday 9/16, so TODAY is your last chance to register at the current rate. Sign up today!

Mobile Workshop spots are still available, but filling up fast!

APA Los Angeles Supports Measure M

APA Los Angeles is pleased to support Measure M, a half-cent sales tax ballot measure to fund Metro's Long Range Transportation Plan. The measure will be placed on the November 8 ballot, and the $120 billion that it is projected to provide over 40 years will be used improve mobility, provide transportation options, stimulate the economy, and create jobs.

Using our adopted national policies as a guide, APA Los Angeles affirms that the focused mobility investments offered by Measure M will help achieve this vision and are deserving of our support.
In the full statement downloadable here, we offer an analysis of the alignment between APA's 2010 Policy Guide on Surface Transportation and the goals stipulated in Measure M. More information regarding Metro's sales tax measure can be found at
APA Los Angeles is Updating Its Bylaws 9/27

Our Bylaws are the guiding document by which APA Los Angeles' Board of Directors conducts business, carries out the objectives of the American Planning Association, and serves members of the Los Angeles Section. It's been several years since we last revised them, so on September 27, the Section Board will vote on an update that modernizes business practices, adds position descriptions, and memorializes standing committees. In the interest of openness and transparency, we're sharing the proposed bylaws with all members. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Ashley Atkinson, Section Director,
New Leadership Program from APA Los Angeles 

The APA Los Angeles Leadership Program is a new professional development program created to help promising, career-oriented planners prepare for leadership roles in their departments and organizations.  Program participants will gain knowledge and skills in leadership, organizational dynamics, communication, and career planning to help them identify and achieve their professional goals while equipping them with tools to make even stronger contributions to their organizations.

The program is scheduled to begin in January 2017. The application deadline is November 17. More information about the Leadership Program are available here. If you have questions please contact Richard Rojas, Professional Development Co-Director, at

Call for Pasadena State Conference Volunteers - Get an $80 Registration Reimbursement!

If you are attending this year's APA State Conference in Pasadena on October 22-25, APA LA is looking for volunteers to help make the conference a success for our local chapter!

Everyone is encouraged to volunteer. Current students that volunteer for eight cumulative hours during the conference would be eligible for an $80 reimbursement to their registration.

Potential volunteer tasks would include: Registration check-in staffing; Support staff for the Opening Reception and for Mobile Workshop; Basic AV support; General logistical/operations support staff, etc.

Volunteer Online Sign Up: If you're interested in signing up to reserve a time slot for volunteering, please sign up here.

Additionally, APA Los Angeles will be hosting a Volunteer Kick-off event on September 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Gensler's offices in Downtown LA. More info can be found here.

If you have any questions, please email Steven Katigbak and Cassie Gogreve.

Seeking Donations for Our CPF Auction Baskets  

The APA California Conference is coming up

October 22-25 at the Pasadena Convention Center. One of the signature events is the Silent and Live Auction of items and gift baskets to benefit the California Planning Foundation (CPF). Each year, planners show their dedication and support for CPF by donating amazing items to help fund scholarships for planning students. Taking place on Sunday, October 23, the event will feature entertainment, food, drink and fun all in one place to support a great cause! 

APA Los Angeles will be preparing three gift baskets for the auction.  As such, we are seeking members to donate items that match the conference theme of "Creating Our Future - The Art of Planning," with a special emphasis on items, services, art, or event tickets that highlight the art and beauty of Los Angeles!  We're seeking your help to make our baskets the best of the auction!  Please contact CPF Liaison Ana Cubas at if you have any items to donate. Thank you and we look forward to receiving your great ideas and items!
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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