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May 16, 2014 
We'd like to thank our colleagues at the Southern California chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for partnering with us on the "River as Transformation" bicycle tour of the Los Angeles River last Saturday. With a robust turnout, fantastic speakers, and insightful conversations around the issues facing the river, the day was a great success. We look forward to more partnerships with ASLA in the future!

Thank you also to all our speakers and panelists for contributing to the event. Check out the photos below and join us on our next tour -- we have some great opportunities coming up in June!

Marissa Aho, AICP
Section Director
Free Pre-Awards Tours on Broadway!
Join us before the APA LA Awards Gala on Thursday, June 12 for free tours highlighting the Los Angeles Theater, the Broadway theater district and the revitalizing Historic Core! See below for details and get your awards tickets now!


Downtown's Lost Subway Terminal and Grand Central Market
Saturday, June 7
10 AM-12:30 PM
This exclusive tour for APA members and their guests will explore the long-dormant subway tunnels running under the 1925 Subway Terminal Building, now Forest City's Metro 417. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see LA's original subway station! Tickets may be purchased by APA members only.
After we explore LA's depths, we'll resurface for a tour of the historic but newly revamped Grand Central Market. Market consultant Joseph Shuldiner, founder of the Institute of Domestic Technology and Altadena Farmers Market, will guide us through his strategy for ushering Grand Central from a thriving past to a vibrant future. Stick around for lunch from one of the market's unique vendors.
Bringing Back Broadway Tour
Thursday, June 12, 5-5:30 PM
Before heading into the Los Angeles Theater to enjoy the awards gala, join representatives of Council District 14, City departments and the Los Angeles Streetcar to learn about ongoing efforts to revitalize one of downtown LA's great streets. This brief walking tour will include discussion of the Broadway Streetscape plan, commercial adaptive reuse, historic theaters, and the streetcar.


Behind the Scenes of the Los Angeles Theater
Thursday, June 12, 5:30 PM, 6 PM and 6:30 PM
Docents from the Los Angeles Conservancy will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of our lavish awards venue, providing insight into the theater's history and architectural features and its place in the pantheon of Broadway movie palaces. Tours will depart from the lobby every half-hour from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
Upcoming Events


Sustainability @CityHall

Tuesday, May 20 (every 3rd Tuesday)

12-1 PM

Los Angeles City Hall, Room TBD

200 N. Spring St. 90012


Register here


Join APA, USGBC, ULI, LABC and AIA for a stimulating conversation surrounding design and advocacy for green buildings in Los Angeles. 


Reed Garwood, EVP of Asset Management & Development from Rising Realty Partners, will discuss his recently certified LEED Platinum building in the heart of Downtown LA. Pacific Mutual is a historic building that is bringing new life, restaurants, and creative space to 6th Street. A briefing on what's new at City Hall will follow Reed's presentation. 


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.  


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.


Check Out Photos from the APA/ASLA River Tour


On May 10, APA and ASLA partnered to explore the Elysian Valley section of the Los Angeles River and to hear from experts and stakeholders about the issues around the river. Click here to see all the photos.

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.


Silver - $250
  • Logo in awards program
  • Logo in annual publication
  • Verbal & visual recognition during ceremony
  • Logo/link on online award recipient list
  • 2 Awards tickets
Gold - $500
  • 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
  • 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
  • Logo/link online for 1 year
  • Logo/link in e-News for 1 year
  • 6 Awards tickets
Marquee - $5,000
  • Logo on Theater Marquee
  • 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
  • Table tent cards in reception area
  • 10 Awards tickets
  • Inclusive of Platinum Annual sponsorship
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