APA Los Angeles la-apa.org
April 19, 2014 
Almost 100 APA LA members are going to Atlanta next week to attend the 2014 National Planning Conference. We hope to see you on orientation tours, at mobile workshops, in sessions and during networking opportunities. APA California is co-hosting a reception on April 28 from 7 to 10 PM at Sidebar (79 Poplar Street, Atlanta) with the New York Metro chapter and six APA divisions. Hope to see you there!
For those of you unable to make it, keep in mind that the National Conference in Seattle is coming in less than a year (April 18-22, 2015). 
Marissa Aho, AICP
Section Director  
Join Us for APA LA's Awards Gala June 12
2014 Awards Gala at the Historic Los Angeles Theater
Thursday, June 12
615 Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles
$35 for APA Members

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!

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Upcoming Events

ULI LA Presents

Urban Marketplace 2014

Wednesday, April 23

7:15 AM - 12 PM

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles 90012  


Register here


Join ULI LA for Urban Marketplace 2014, a half-day event featuring an exclusive keynote panel followed by more than 20 interactive roundtables led by industry leaders. This year's event will spotlight:

  • Major investments to be made on the LA River Revitalization Plan, healthcare facilities and surrounding neighborhoods, and new development around USC and UCLA
  • Tools proven to make infill deals a reality
  • Senior staff from cities promoting development opportunities and incentive programs

American Public Works Association Presents

15th Annual Complete Streets and Technology Conference

Wednesday, April 23

8 AM-3:30 PM

Carson Community Center

801 E. Carson St., Carson, CA 


Register here

Los Angeles Business Council Presents

2014 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


"Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism" 
A brown-bag discussion with author Benjamin Ross 
Tuesday, April 29 
12-1 PM 
Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1035 
200 N. Spring Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90012 
FREE, capacity limited
Join scholar, author and activist Benjamin Ross for a brown-bag discussion of his new book "Dead End" (Oxford University Press), which traces how the ideal of a safe, green, orderly retreat where hardworking members of the middle class could raise their children away from the city mutated into the McMansion- and strip mall-ridden suburbs of today. Ross finds that sprawl is much more than bad architecture and sloppy planning; its roots are historical, sociological and economic. Ross uses these insights to lay out a practical strategy for change, honed by his experience leading the largest grass-roots mass transit advocacy organization in the United States.


Long Beach by Bike

Friday, May 2

9:30-3:30 PM


223 East 1st Street

Long Beach 90803


Register here


Join local planners, architects, developers, students, and other professionals for a bicycle tour of Long Beach to raise funds for the California Planning Foundation. The tour will be led by Charles Gandy, a nationally-recognized expert in community design, trail planning and design, and bicycle and pedestrian advocacy


The tour will start at the BikeStation in Downtown Long Beach. Participants will check out the facility's bike corrals and get outfitted with rental bicycles and helmets as needed. The group will then cycle to City Hall's penny-farthing sculpture and along the cycle tracks on 3rd and Broadway. During the tour, participants will have the opportunity to check out street infrastructure and design improvements, such as bulbouts on 1st Street and sharrows on 2nd Street. After stopping for a no-host lunch at At Last Cafe, the tour continues onto the bike boulevard on Vista Street and includes bicycle friendly districts and parklets on the way


A limited number of beach cruiser style bikes will be available for rental at a flat rate of $20 per bike from Bikestation.


Visit CPF for more information.


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 [email protected]


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.  


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

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 happy hour in a private room at Golden Road Brewery.
Bring your own bicycle or rent one in Griffith Park. Speakers include:
  • Carol Armstrong, Director, City of Los Angeles River Project Office 
  • Josephine Axt, Chief, Planning Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Maria Camacho, Jennifer Samson, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation
  • Liz Jennings, Project Manager, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
  • Bill Lagattuta, Frogtown artist
  • Pauline Louie, Urban Waters Ambassador, Urban Waters Federal Partnership
  • Damien Robledo, Kevin Mulcahy, RAC Design Build
  • Barbara Romero, Los Angeles City Public Works Commissioner

Photos from APA's Mural Tour of the Arts District


Check out photos from our Mural Tour of the Arts District with Cartwheel Art and CD14 Planning Director Tanner Blackman and read the recap on Cartwheel Art's blog!

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