APA Los Angeles la-apa.org
May 2, 2014 
Good luck to our members who will be taking the AICP exam this month! If you are interested in taking the November 2014 exam, the application window will be open from June 3 to July 24. For more information, click hereFor additional questions, please contact the APA Los Angeles Vice Directors of Professional Development, Jonathan Nettler and Steve Gerhardt.

Finally, we would like to congratulate APA Los Angeles members Gail Goldberg, FAICP and Jerry Lubin, FIACP on becoming Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in a ceremony held in Atlanta earlier this week!

Marissa Aho, AICP
Section Director

River as Transformation: A Tour and Panel Discussion

Saturday, May 10

12:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Meet at the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot

5333 Zoo Dr. 

Los Angeles 90027

$40 APA members / $45 non-members / $30 students

(includes dinner and one drink at Golden Road Brewing)

Buy tickets here


Join APA and the American Society of Landscape Architects for a tour of the Los Angeles River by bicycle that explores the river as a means of transforming how we move and live. Starting at the Los Angeles Zoo, we'll travel south along the river bike path to visit an artist's studio, an architecture and design firm, and infrastructure improvements including bridges, green streets and parks. Along the way, river experts and stakeholders will speak on the most pressing issues for the river and adjacent communities. We'll conclude with a panel and dinner in a private room at Golden Road Brewing.


Bring your own bicycle or rent one in Griffith Park. Speakers include:
  • Mauricio Argente, Tetra Tech 
  • Carol Armstrong, Director, City of Los Angeles River Project Office 
  • Josephine Axt, Chief, Planning Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Maria Camacho, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation
  • Rick Cortez, Principal, RAC Design Build 
  • Liz Jennings, Project Manager, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
  • Bill Lagattuta, Frogtown artist
  • Pauline Louie, Urban Waters Ambassador, Urban Waters Federal Partnership
  • Damien Robledo, Director, RAC Design Build
  • Barbara Romero, Los Angeles City Public Works Commissioner
  • Andy Wilcox, Fly Fisherman
Please contact us with any questions.
Upcoming Events


Sustainability @CityHall

Tuesday, May 20 (every 3rd Tuesday)

12-1 PM

Los Angeles City Hall, Room TBD

200 N. Spring St. 90012



Join APA, USGBC, ULI, LABC and AIA for a stimulating conversation surrounding design and advocacy for green buildings in Los Angeles. This month's speaker is to be announced. An update on City policies and codes will conclude the session. 


Thanks to Mayor Garcetti's Office of Sustainability for inspiring and hosting this monthly series.


An Aqueduct Runs Through It: A Series on the Future of California's Water Supply - Part 2

Wednesday, May 21

6:30 PM

Taix French Restaurant

1911 Sunset Blvd. 90026

$40 public / $35 members / $25 students

Register here

1.5 hours of AICP credit available



Part II in this series, titled "Insatiable Appetites: Water, Energy, and Managing the Flow," will feature guest speaker David Jacot, PE, Director of Efficiency Solutions for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

There is nothing like a drought to focus our attention on the availability of water. Yet the connection between water and electricity usage usually goes unnoticed. Few realize that LA's annual water consumption has been flat for 30 years while the city's population has grown by over 1 million inhabitants, or that water management consumes 20% of the state's electric power. What is the perspective of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation's largest municipally owned public utility, given its mandate to manage water and energy resources? How does it ensure today's water delivery and future supplies for a growing city? 


A Mentor Roundtable Event

Wednesday, May 28

7 PM

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355

337 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles 90095

FREE for APA and AEP members

Beer, wine and light snacks will be provided

RSVP to geoff.danker@gmail.com


APA LA's Young and Emerging Planning Professionals (YEPP) and the Association of Environmental Professionals invite young professionals to attend a Mentor Roundtable Event where experienced professionals will speak to small groups of attendees in an intimate and informal setting. Mentors will discuss their current positions, the paths they took to get there, and answer questions. After 10-15 minutes, the mentors will rotate and start again with a new group so that all participants have a chance to interact with each mentor. Our distinguished mentors include:

  • Ashley Atkinson, Planning and Housing Specialist, Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office of Economic Development
  • Ping Chang, Program Manager, Land Use & Environmental Planning, Southern California Association of Governments
  • David DeRosa, Senior Urban & Environmental Planner, URS Corporation
  • Ian Michael Forrest, Senior Attorney, Real Property, Local Government Affairs & Licensing Division, Southern California Edison
  • Kelly Koldus, real property appraiser, LA County Assessor's Office
  • Juan Matute, Associate Director, UCLA Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Jonathan Nettler, Director, Urban Land Institute Los Angeles District Council
  • Tom Priestley, PhD, AICP/ASLA, Senior Environmental Planner, CH2M HILL

For more information and to RSVP, please contact YEPP Co-Chair Geoff Danker.  


2014 APA LA Awards Gala

Thursday, June 12

5-9 PM

The Historic Los Angeles Theater

615 S. Broadway 

Downtown Los Angeles

$34 earlybird tickets for APA members / $45 regular tickets for APA members / $55 general / $25 students

Buy tickets here


Come celebrate the best of planning in Los Angeles at this year's APA LA Awards Gala at the Historic Los Angeles Theater! The 1931 theater, considered one of the most lavish landmarks in LA, will play host to an evening of celebration, food, and drink. Keep an eye out for forthcoming information on pre-gala tours highlighting the theater and recent planning efforts on Broadway.

We look forward to celebrating planning achievements in Los Angeles County with you! Buy your ticket now for the best price.


Summer in the City -Inglewood

Saturday, June 21

Details to be announced


"Summer in the City" is a new series that will introduce APA LA's members to the latest innovative, proactive planning in cities around the Los Angeles region. Between June and September, we'll visit several cities whose staff will lead tours, site visits, and presentations that showcase their planning and community development efforts.

On June 21, we'll be kicking off the series in Inglewood. From the newly-renovated Forum and the soon-to-be redeveloped Hollywood Park, to a progressive Energy and Climate Action Plan and the new Crenshaw Line, there's a lot going on in Inglewood. Come explore it with us! Details to be announced.


Congratulations New AICP Fellows!


Forty distinguished AICP members were inducted into the AICP College of Fellows at the 2014 National Planning Conference last weekend, including four from California and two APA Los Angeles members:


  • Jerome W. Lubin, a leader in health planning practice and a Los Angeles County Mental Health Commissioner
  • S. Gail Goldberg, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles and Director of the Los Angeles City
    Planning Department, 2006-2010

Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member. Fellows are honored in recognition of the achievements of the planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society. Fellowship is granted to planners who have been members of AICP and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership.


Congratulations Jerry and Gail!

Awards Sponsorships Available - Deadline 5/30


Sponsorships are available at levels to suit any budget, from $250 to $5,000 for marquee recognition. Click here for forms and details and contact Sponsorships Director Nick Maricich  with any questions.


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  • Logo in annual publication
  • Verbal & visual recognition during ceremony
  • Logo/link on online award recipient list
  • 2 Awards tickets
Gold - $500
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  • Logo in annual publication
  • Verbal & visual recognition during ceremony
  • Logo/link on online award recipient list
  • Logo/link online for 1 year
  • 4 Awards tickets
Platinum - $1,000
  • Logo in awards program
  • Logo in annual publication
  • Verbal & visual recognition during ceremony
  • Logo/link on online award recipient list
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  • Logo/link in e-News for 1 year
  • 6 Awards tickets
Marquee - $5,000
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  • Logo in awards program
  • Logo in annual publication
  • Verbal & visual recognition during ceremony
  • Logo/link on online award recipient list
  • Logo/link online for 1 year
  • Logo/link in e-News for 1 year
  • Name/logo in event title
  • Promotional materials on display table in reception area
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  • 10 Awards tickets
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