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November 1, 2016  APA Los Angeles

On our blog consultant Andrea Pavia of Steer Davies Gleave contemplates the legacy left to planners and to Los Angeles by the late Jon Jerde, architect of Universal CityWalk among many other retail centers. Jerde's application of the place-making method to the shopping mall architectural typology set a model carried out by more contemporary developments like The Americana. Read more at!
Plan for Death with a Tour of Rosedale Cemetery!
APA Los Angeles Presents:  
Planning For Death
Saturday, Nov 5 
10 AM - 12 PM
Rosedale Cemetery 
1831 W. Washington Blvd.  
FREE for members & students / $10 non-members
Welcome to Angelus-Rosedale cemetery, one of the oldest and most storied cemeteries in Southern California. The resting place of six former Los Angeles Mayors and others whose names Angelenos with a knowledge of our city's geography should recognize: David Burbank, Harvey H. Wilcox, Frederick T. Woodman. 
Join APA for a walking tour of the cemetery by preservationist Laura Meyers, as well as a discussion of the planning aspects of cemeteries, and this cemetery in particular. When, how, and for whom was the cemetery founded? What determined its demographic makeup over the years? Who are some of the famous Angelenos buried at Rosdedale? What role does the cemetery play in the identity of the West Adams neighborhood? How does the cemetery operate in the face of changing economics and trends in the burial of loved ones? What are some of the entitlement processes involved in planning cemeteries? What does the future hold? These and many other questions will be discussed.

The event will wrap up around lunchtime, and those of us who are hungry will head over to Papa Cristo's Greek Restaurant, a mainstay in the neighborhood.
Upcoming Events
APA Los Angeles Presents:
Book Club - Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Wednesday, November 2
6:30 - 8 PM
Centennial Place
235 E Holly St., Pasadena 91101

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.

Presenters include:
  • Josh Butler, Executive Director, Housing Long Beach
  • Steve Gerhardt, AICP, APA Los Angeles Programs Committee
We'll meet at Centennial Place, a 144-Unit Low Income Housing Project by Pasadena Housing Partners.

Memorial Park Gold Line Station is a short walk away. Please RSVP here
APA and AEP Present:
2016 Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 6
6-9 PM
Beer Belly
532 S. Western Ave. 90020
$20 members / $40 non-members / $15 students

This holiday season, APA Los Angeles and the Los Angeles chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals are teaming up again to bring you our best party of the year!

Come celebrate with your planning & environmental colleagues at Beer Belly, in the heart of Koreatown. We'll have an array of appetizers and a limited open bar featuring beer, select wines and classic cocktails. A full menu is also available.

You do not need to be a member of APA or AEP to attend, but get your tickets in advance because they are $40 at the door.

Cheers to the holidays!

Beer Belly is located steps away from the Wilshire Western Metro Station. $3 valet parking can be found at the Wilshire State Bank parking lot directly south of Beer Belly (on Western Ave.) after 5 PM daily. Street parking is available - be sure to read signs.
Board Nomination Deadline Extended to 11/4!

P articipating in APA Los Angeles' volunteer  Board of Directors is  a great way to get involved in the local planning community, network with other planning professionals, and give back to the profession. We have exciting plans for 2017 and hope you will consider contributing your time and talents to one of APA's largest, most active sections nationwide! There are three ways to get involved:
  • Elected positions (two year terms)
  • Appointed positions (one year terms)
  • Committee volunteers (one year commitment requested)
Board members are expected to attend one meeting per month and spend additional time as needed to fulfill their duties, which vary by position. Elected and appointed members are required to live or work in Los Angeles County, and to be APA members or become members before their terms begin (a discounted Chapter-only membership is available).

Visit for a complete listing of available positions and nomination forms.  The deadline for Nominations is Friday, November 4. 
Space is limited - Apply Today for the 2017 APA Los Angeles Leadership Program!
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.

Speakers will include:
  • Simon Ha, Principal, Steinberg Architects
  • Sue Georgino, Woodbury University
  • Jeff Lambert, California Planning Roundtable
  • Kristina von Hoffmann, Climate Resolve
  • Many others in progress
Space is limited for this program. Application and details available here:

For questions, please contact Richard Rojas, AICP, Professional Development Co-Director

Use #APArtofLA to Showcase Public Art in LA!

Public art is all over Los Angeles! Whether it's a major art piece, a beautiful cityscape, or a hand painted mural, we want to see all the things that are a part of what makes Los Angeles beautiful. Take a photo of yourself with the places and things that you find beautiful about Los Angeles - then post it on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and hashtag #APArtofLA so everyone can see!  And make sure you tag #APALosAngeles!

Call for Nominations: Cal Poly Pomona's 2017 Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona seeks nominations for the 2017 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. The Dale Prize recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students. The Dale Prize is awarded in pairs: a $5,000 award to a scholar and a $5,000 award to a practitioner. Awardees spend two days on the campus, meet with students in classes, and participate in a colloquium and other events.

We are looking for a Dale Prize Scholar who will offer insight into this sweep of history - the past and the future of the Southern California suburb.  We are seeking a Dale Prize Practitioner who will provide insights on the dynamics of local and sub-regional governance and suggest ways forward to address challenges associated with immigration, racial and ethnic diversity, economic expansion and workforce development, housing affordability, traffic congestion, and climate change.

Nominations are due on  December 2, 2016 . For more information, or to receive a nomination package, see . If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Do Kim at  or  (909) 869-4645 .
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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