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From: APA Los Angeles
Date: September 11, 2009 11:37:20 AM PDT

Subject: APA Los Angeles: September News and Events
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APA Los Angeles

APA Green Building Walking Tour – Saturday September 19th

Which way for the VA? – September 18th

Parking Day LA – September 18th

Public-Private Partnerships for Open Space – September 22

Taking It Upstream Public Engagement Conference – September 25th

Fall Student Mixer – Otober 8th

Mayor’s Housing Summit – October 30th

Student Symposium – November 14th

Save the Date ! APA Holiday Party December 10th

September 2009

Next up: APA Green Building Walking Tour in Santa Monica
Mark your calendars for a free APA Los Angeles event: a walking tour of Green Buildings and Sustainable Development in Santa Monica on Saturday, September 19th.

Program: APA Green Building Tour
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10 AM, Starting at Santa Monica Pier
The walking tour will visit several green building sites in downtown Santa Monica. At each tour site, the City’s Green Building Program Advisor will review the green features of the site including innovative technologies and design strategies. The City has an internal policy that all City buildings achieve LEED Silver certification. We will visit several LEED certified buildings and the tour will include an overview of LEED and other green building rating systems. The discussion will also include background on the City’s green building code requirements, and how they work in concert with other elements of the Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan to promote high performance buildings, sustainable growth, and improved quality of life in Santa Monica.

The event is FREE to APA members and $15 for non-members. We are applying for CM credit for this event. You must RSVP for this event as space is limited. Please RSVP to Gabriela Juarez via email (gabriela.juarez@lacity.org) by Friday, September 11, 5 pm.

Which Way for the VA? Westside Urban Forum – September 18th
APA is proud to share events from our Partners including Westside Urban Forum.

The Westside Urban Forum presents “Which Way UCLA and the VA?”

Friday, September 18, 2009

UCLA and the Veterans Administration occupy among the largest pieces of real estate on the Westside. Both of these important institutions are guided by their own planning efforts with general autonomy from local government controls. UCLA will begin consideration of a new Long Range Development Plan and the VA is on the verge of undertaking a comprehensive master planning effort. Find out how they are both thinking about using their land to fulfill their critical missions for the 21st Century and how this relates to the greater community of Los Angeles.

Chancellor Gene Block, UCLA
Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor
Ronald B. Norby, Network Director, VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network

Cindy Miscikowski, President, Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners & former Member Los Angeles City Council

7:00am – 9:00am

$30 members | $45 nonmembers | $10 student members |$15 student nonmembers

Pre-registration closes on September 16, 2009. After September 16, 2009 and at onsite registration the cost will be an additional $10.00. No refunds or credits will be provided after September 16, 2009. www.westsideurbanforum.com

CM Credit – This activity has been approved by the AICP in the amount of 1 hour.

Parking Day Sptember 18th

APA Los Angeles is a proud partner in Parking Day.


Streets are for people not just for cars. Parking Day is an exploration of what is possible when you reimagine parking spaces for other uses. Imagine parking lots dedicated as parks, playgrounds, jogging paths and more. Past events have included rolling out turf and complete one-day transformations to experience what is possible.

Park[ing] Day LA is coming to a street near you on SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

If you’d like to participate in Park[ing] Day LA but don’t know where to start, come and join us as we step up to the curb, put a quarter in the meter and take advantage of the best real estate deal in town, the metered park[ing[ space. We’ll turn that space into a temporary park and we’ll engage the community in a dialogue on parks and public space and community.
We’d love to have you join us!

Public/Private Partnerships for Open Space – September 22

APA is proud to share events from our Partners including ULI.

YLG Public/Private Partnerships and New Ways to Create Open Space
Start: Sep 22 2009 6:00 pm

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Bank (across the street from Pete’s Cafe)
401 S Main Street
LA CA 90013
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Hors d’oeuvres and Networking
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Program
It’s getting harder for cities to find places and funds for public parks, the traditional sense of open space. What are the innovative partnerships that developers, cities, and communities are engaging to meet this challenge?
Come join us for an interesting panel discussion where our panelists will be discussing specific projects, challenges they faced, and what they continue to push for.


YLG members Ryan Spruston, Amanda Sigafoos, Noel Hyun
Panel Members
Richard Loring, President, Archetype
Glen Dake, Board Chairman, LA Neighborhood Land Trust
Sarah MacPherson, Associate Executive Director, Hollywood Property Owners Alliance
Alfred Fraijo, Allen Matkins and Board Secretary, Hollywood Freeway Central Park
Shiraz Tangri, Alston + Bird and Chair, Central City Association’s Parks Committee

Member Non-member
Private $55 $75
Public – Nonprofit/Government $45 $65
Young Leader – Under 35 $35 $55
Parking Costs/Location
$5 covered parking available at 425 S Main Street

To RSVP visit: http://www.uli-la.org/node/339
Taking It Upstream September 25th

Taking It Upstream: Collaboration, Consensus Building & Sustainable
Development–A Green Leadership (Un)Conference will be taking place at Pepperdine University in Malibu on September 25, 2009.

This groundbreaking symposium will provide a highly participatory forum for green-minded community leaders, agencies, planners, architects, developers, engineers, attorneys, and citizens to explore best practices for using collaboration, consensus building, and other enhanced civic engagement techniques to create more sustainable communities and manage potential land use and environmental disputes.
Highlights include:

* A Mayors’ Panel
* Morning Framing Sessions: “The Big Picture,” “Local Perspective,” and “Cutting-Edge Collaborative Techniques”
* Afternoon Interactive “Sustainability Roundtables” focusing on: Communities, Transportation, Zoning and Development Controls, Construction & Design, Infrastructure, and Resources
Please note that we are offering APA members a special affiliate rate of $125. This includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon reception.

More information may be found on the conference website at:

Fall Student Mixer – October 8th

You are Invited to a Free APA Student Mixer

Come meet, converse, and network with other planning students from the LA area. There will be drinks, food, a scavenger hunt and more. The event corresponds with the Downtown Los Angeles ArtWalk.

Gallery 727
727 South Spring, Los Angeles
6:30 PM

To RSVP and for more information contact David Feinberg at dhfeinbe@usc.edu .

Pasadena Civic Walking Tour – October 17th

Please Join APA for a Welcome Tour of the Pasadena Center. Home to the world famous Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the Pasadena Convention Center. It is also home to the Pasadena Center Operating company which manages the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The objectives for the tour include:

� A retrospective on the history of the project site and the importance of the Bennett Plan.
� An outline on how the project has enhanced the preservation of the historic Civic Auditorium.
� A look at how the project’s design has been integrated into and has embellished the public realm.
� The steps taken towards the creation of the most sustainable conference Center west of the Mississippi.

The Tour Begins at 10 AM. For more information and to RSVP please contact Gabriela Juarez at gabriela.juarez@lacity.org .

Mayor’s Housing Summit – October 30th

APA is proud to share events from our Partners including Los Angeles Business Council.

2009 Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit


The Honorable Eric Garcetti, President, Los Angeles City Council, District 13

Featured and Invited Guests Include:

Keynote: Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa Special Guest and
Keynote: Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Jacob Lipa, President, Psomas
Antonio Manning, West South West Regional Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Mercedes Marquez, General Manager, Los Angeles Housing Department
Rudolf Montiel, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

Friday, October 30th, 2009
Korn Convocation Hall
UCLA Anderson School of Management

7:30 AM – 2:00 PM

For more information please visit: https://www.approvedevents.com/Event.aspx?EID=1954

APA Supports its Members

The foundation of any professional association is its members. Without a diverse and engaged membership, an association can no longer be relevant. For the first time in a decade, APA California experienced a significant drop in membership. The downturn in the economy is confronting many of our members with a difficult decision – either to renew their membership or to commit those funds for other needs. The APA California Board of Directors wants to provide relief for those contemplating dropping their memberships.

The APA California Board has committed $50,000 from its reserve account towards a membership/conference support program. $30,000 will be established in a separate account to provide direct financial support towards membership fees. $20,000 will be set aside in a fund to provide financial support for those members in need to attend this year’s state conference at Squaw Creek. If you are unemployed or if your household income has dropped substantially, then this program is designed for you.

If you are unemployed, membership in APA California can be your strongest link to future opportunities. Reports state that 80 percent of all jobs are attained through networking. APA California wants to help you maintain those networking opportunities. Your local sections will be providing increased opportunities for networking in the coming months. The conference this year will also provide you numerous opportunities to meet with planning professionals throughout the state. We want you to stay connected.

Please review the numerous options available to you on the APA California Member Financial Support Program chart. No request for proof of financial hardship will be required. We are a family. This program will be run on the honor system. APA California wants to offer as much support as possible in these unprecedented times. If you would like to take advantage of this new program, please review the options available and then contact the APA California offices at sgassoc@msn.com or (916) 736-2434.

In addition your local Los Angeles Board is working with the State and National Organization to advocate for planning and planners in both public and private employment. We are working to inform policy and decisionmakers about all the planners do and that good urban planning is critical to answering many of today’s challenges. This fall APA will release a series of informational pieces to the press and elected officials highlighting all of the recent new mandates for planning in California as well as the importance of planning and other pre “shovel ready” activities to the California economy. If you are interested in helping with this effort or if you would like assistance with a particular entity considering cuts of elimination of its planning staff please contact Christopher Koontz at cikoontz@gmail.com .

APA Los Angeles appreciates its members! We are working hard to bring you more activities and programs throughout the year. Hope to see you at our summer and fall events.

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