May 7, 2020
2020 AICP Exam
May 2020 AICP Exam: AICP exam registrants should have received notification that the May 2020 exam will not occur. AICP, an institute for the national certification of professional planners, had been working with its exam testing partner, Prometric, to adjust the May testing window, since Prometric's testing facilities have been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A future testing window has not yet been scheduled for the May 2020 exam, which had an original testing window of May 11-23, 2020. AICP is actively exploring possibilities for an expanded testing window with new exam dates this summer, including potential alternative remote online testing options. Additional information will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

November 2020 AICP Exam Application: The AICP Certification process and application timing has changed. If you are interested in applying for the November 2020 AICP Exam, the Application Window (Education and Employment Verification) opens on June 1, 2020. The Application deadline for those intending to submit essays is June 15. If you are looking for an expedited essay review (formerly Early Bird), the window opens July 6 and closes on July 10. Final Application deadline (Education and Employment Verification) is  September 30, 2020. Please visit National APA's website for detailed information on the AICP Certification process at
Upcoming AICP Information Session! 
Are you interested in becoming AICP?  Wa nt to know what it is about, how to navigate the application process, what it is like to study for and take the exam? We are hosting an AICP Information Session Webinar on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Stay tuned for additional details.
If you have additional questions, please contact Starla Barker, AICP, Vice Director of AICP Certification at



May 20: VMT - Developing SB 743 Guidelines
With the July 1, 2020 deadline right around the corner, all local jurisdictions must consider if they are prepared for the changes associated with SB 743. This session highlights the completed and on-going planning efforts in Orange County focused on implementation of the new requirements, including selection of VMT thresholds, screening criteria, and methodology. Presentation by Delia Votsch, PE, Senior Transportation Engineer at Fehr and Peers, and Ashley Brodkin from the City of Orange. 1.5 CM credits pending.

A link for registration will be shared prior to the webinar. To assist the speakers, please complete this Pre-Webinar Survey. The survey feedback will be used to customize the presentation and focus on the topic areas most important to participants.

When: May 20, 2020,  11:00 - 1:30 pm
Where: Webinar (link to be announced)

May 28: Upcoming AICP Information Session! 
Are you interested in becoming AICP?  Wa nt to know what it is about, how to navigate the application process, what it is like to study for and take the exam? We are hosting an AICP Information Session Webinar soon.

CPF Scholarships for California Planning Students- Apply by May 31
California Planning Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce its 2020 scholarship program for outstanding planning students enrolled at eligible professional planning degree programs in the state of California.  This year more than 40 scholarships - for a total of over $67,000 - are offered to students attending eligible degree programs at 32 colleges and universities in California.  For more information and a list of eligible schools and program, click here.

2020 SCAG  Scholarship Program- Apply by May 8
The SCAG Scholarship Program offers local government and planning experience that students can use to develop long-term career goals. The scholarship will provide a $4,000 scholarship award for seven high school or community college students from the SCAG region (and potentially two additional scholarship awards that are not tied to a specific county, but would be awarded at the Committee's discretion), a two-week internship with a local planning agency or council of governments, and the opportunity to meet with elected officials and practicing planners to learn more about careers in public service.  For more information or to download the application, please visit our website at: .

2020 APA Orange Section Awards Ceremony
The 2020 awards ceremony will be postponed and the Orange Section hopes to reschedule for sometime in July. The awards jury will still deliberate and select winners so that our Section winners will have the opportunity to proceed to the State awards competition. The State awards application submittal deadline is May 29th.

National Bike Month is Now September 2020! 
In the interest of health and safety, national Bike Month has been rescheduled from May to September 2020. Bike to Work Week will be September 21-27 and Bike to Work Day will be celebrated on September 22. Happy riding! 

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19   
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order addressing a variety of issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on April 23rd. The order will allow certain posting, filing and notice requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to be satisfied through electronic means to allow public access and involvement consistent with COVID-19 public health concerns.  The text of the Governor's executive order can be found here and a copy can be found here .


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