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March 14, 2014 
The National Planning Conference in Atlanta is just six weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to register and plan your trip. If you are able to attend, consider serving as a California Delegate at the Delegate Assembly where the APA Legislative and Policy Committee will be presenting policy guides on two topics for adoption. The topics are planning for hazard mitigation and planning for an aging population. Please send any comments on the proposed policy guides to me by March 25, 2014.

This year's Delegate Assembly will be held in Atlanta on Saturday, April 26 from 3:30-5:30 PM. If you would like to serve as a delegate please email me and APA California Chapter President Brooke Peterson. 
Marissa Aho, AICP
Section Director  
Awards Nominations Now Due March 20
It's not too late to submit for the 2014 APA LA
Awards! The deadline has been extended to Thursday, March 20 at 5 PM. Also, three new awards categories to recognize individual achievement have been added for submission! 
The additional categories include:
  • Planning Advocate Award - for an individual or appointed or elected official who has advanced the cause of planning in the public arena.
  • Distinguished Service Award - for an APA Los Angeles member who has made a substantial contribution over a sustained period of time.
  • Distinguished Contribution Award - for an individual who has been a significant contribution to planning in Los Angeles through an extraordinary effort.
Upcoming Events


LA's Green Infrastructure: A Tour of Elmer Avenue

Saturday, March 15

2-4 PM

Meet at corner of Elmer Avenue and Stagg Street in Sun Valley 91352


RSVP Requested

After a rainy weekend, many Angelenos may wonder where all the water goes. In arid areas such as Los Angeles that are experiencing drought, stormwater is a valuable resource that could be re-used via green infrastructure.


Elmer Avenue is an intriguing example of a successful green infrastructure project and part of LA's Green Streets Initiative. The Sun Valley watershed has been susceptible to serious flooding over the decades but before the project, the street had no sidewalks, storm drains, street lights or curbs. An innovative LA-based green infrastructure collaborative, made up of residents, NGOs and government agencies, worked together to devise sustainable stormwater solutions for the block.


Please join APA LA for a tour of Elmer Avenue with Wing Tam, Assistant Manager of the City of LA's Watershed Protection Division and one of the lead engineers on the project. Wing will explain the efforts that went into transforming this block into the model green street it is today -- see for yourself the benefits of green infrastructure for the community.

City of Los Angeles Planning Forums

March 15-April 12

Times and locations vary


The City of Los Angeles is sharing drafts of three important planning updates - the Mobility Element, Health & Wellness Element, and Zoning Code - at a series of community forums.

Attendees at any of the forums will be able to give input on all three of these drafts/planning processes.Full info on the times & locations can be found here.


From the design of our streets, to the location of new parks, to the legality of mixed-use buildings, to parking requirements, to opportunities for young people, these three plans link land use and transportation and health and equity. Learn more about these plans and comments on drafts at the links below:


Sustainability @City Hall

Wednesday, March 18

12-1 PM

Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1035

200 N. Spring St. 90012


RSVP Requested


Join green building advocates at Los Angeles City Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. This event series brings together leaders from the AIA-LA, the LA Business Council, the Urban Land Institute, APA-LA and USGBC-LA to discuss sustainably built projects, with the goal of meaningful discussion on what barriers exist to completing projects and make suggestions on streamlining sustainability for all.


March Presenter: Sara Neff, Vice President for Sustainability, Kilroy Realty

Special thanks to Mayor Garcetti's Office of Sustainability for inspiring and facilitating this series. 

Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond! Conference

March 19-20

Riverside Convention Center

Cost varies

Up to 13.75 CM Credits Available

Register here


The inaugural Grow Riverside: Citrus and Beyond conference will focus on the development of urban agriculture strategies and solutions that cities can use to reconnect with their agricultural roots and create economic opportunities that investors, citizens, growers, government officials and other major stakeholders can leverage to foster a robust and sustainable local food future.


Presented in partnership with the City and Community of Riverside by SEEDSTOCK. Use promo code GrowRiversideFriend when purchasing full price tickets to receive an additional discount. 


A Mural Tour of the Arts District

Saturday, March 22

2-4 PM

Meet at Bloom Square (3rd St. and Traction Ave. 90013)

RSVP requested


In fall 2013, the City of Los Angeles legalized murals after having banned them for a decade. Join APA LA, Council District 14 Planning Director Tanner Blackman, and Cindy Schwarzstein of Cartwheel Art for a tour highlighting the murals of the Arts District and what the new Mural Ordinance means for LA's urban environment and its role as a major art city. After the tour, we'll stop by Angel City Brewery for drinks and discussion.


The Arts District features murals by RISK, Shepard Fairey, Vyal, Dabs & Myla, Anthony Lister, How and Nosm, JR and Ron English, among other acclaimed artists. Tour guests will be provided a souvenir map designed by Arts District designer Carlos Rodriguez that lists the murals, along with points of interest and businesses in the area.

An Aqueduct Runs To It: A Series on The Future of California's Water Supply

Part 1 - Our Water, Our Lifestyle: The Next Hundred Years of the Los Angeles Aqueduct

Wednesday, March 19

6:30-9 PM

Taix French Restaurant

1911 W. Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

$40 general public, $30 members, $25 students with ID

1.5 hours of CM credit available


This series is presented by the Southern California Planning Congress in cooperation with the California Center for Land and Water Stewardship, Cal Poly Pomona. The water history of Los Angeles is marked by natural scarcity, abundance, and drought. This year's 100th anniversary of the Los  Angeles Aqueduct celebrates a reliable and plentiful water source to match an expansionary vision for the city. Yet local water predictability produced resource depletion and legal wrangling in the Owens Valley where the watershed feeds the Aqueduct. Now a project  called "Aqueduct Futures" proposes a cooperative 21st century realignment among stakeholders to balance water consumption, watershed  ecology, economics, and culture.

Digital Cities: Smarter Transportation

UCLA's Downtown Forum

Thursday, March 20

8 AM - 6:30 PM

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

$129 with discount code APALA

6.5 hours of CM credit available


Digital Cities: Smarter Transportation explores the implications technological innovations for transportation, land use, and environmental policy and planning. Technologies are changing the way we live, do business, and travel at breakneck speed. But land development, transportation infrastructure, and the laws and institutions that govern them evolve gradually. This forum will bring together thought leaders across an array of professions and disciplines to explore these challenges and suggest solutions.  The regular rate of $179 includes registration, materials, a light breakfast, lunch, and reception hors d'oeuvres.  A limited number of $50 discount "early bird" registrations are available by entering the discount code earlybird50. After these tickets sell out, APA members can claim a $30 discount by using the code APALA.


AICP Study Session

Saturday, April 5

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

University of Southern California

$40, light breakfast and lunch provided

Register here


Prepare for the AICP exam in May or November with APA LA's annual AICP Study Session. Distinguished faculty and planning professionals will give targeted lectures on a variety of exam topics, including housing, historic preservation, planning history, urban design, land use and development regulations, visioning and goal setting, planning law, and planning ethics. This event is intended for people who are already signed up to take the exam and those considering it in the near future.

Speakers include:

  • Carol Barrett, FAICP, Assistant Director of Planning and Transportation, City of Burbank
  • Vinayak Bharne, Director of Design, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists; Adjunct Associate Professor, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
  • Liz Falletta, Assistant Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy and USC School of Architecture
  • Woodie Tescher, Principal, PlaceWorks
  • Diana Varat, Associate, Richards, Watson & Gershon

Enrollment is limited.  Reserve your spot today.

Los Angeles Business Council Sustainability Summit

California Energy and Water Policy - Is it Driving New Jobs and Investment in Los Angeles? 

Friday, April 25

7 AM - 2 PM

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr. 90049

Cost varies

Register here


Join the Los Angeles Business Council for their annual Sustainability Summit. Featured and invited speakers include:

  • United States Senator Mark Udall, Member, Energy & Natural Resources Committee
  • Congressman Mike Thompson, Member, House Committee on Ways & Means
  • California State Senator Kevin de Le´┐Żn, Chair, State Appropriations Committee
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
  • Mayor R. Rex Parris, City of Lancaster

Save the Date: A River Tour with APA and ASLA

Saturday, May 10


Join APA and the American Society of Landscape Architects for a tour of the Los Angeles River with site visits and speakers on a variety of river topics. More details to be announced this month!
APA Legislative Update

The California Chapter is following several bills in the California Legislature related to CEQA and a 55% threshold for some new funding mechanisms. See our Facebook page for more details.

LA City Planning Director Talks Parks in DC

Los Angeles' Director of Planning, Michael LoGrande, will travel to Washington, DC to participate in a March 24 roundtable with APA and the National Recreation and Park Association titled "The Role of Parks in Shaping Successful Cities." National leaders in planning and park development will discuss leveraging parks and public open spaces for economic development and revitalization; connecting parks and recreation to planning for improved community health outcomes; and using parks and public lands as green infrastructure to reduce gray infrastructure costs, improve stormwater management, and provide other public and environmental benefits. 
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