APA California Fact Sheet


The American Planning Association California Chapter links planners statewide and nationwide through the National American Planning Association.  Through this linkage, APA California members can obtain the latest information about planning, unite to influence legislative issues, and further professional expertise through conferences, meetings and workshops.  APA California was chartered in 1948 and currently has over 4,500 members including practicing planners, elected and appointed planning officials, academicians, citizens and students. Elected state officers, and eight local Section officers, lead the Chapter.

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STATEWIDE NEWSLETTER, WEBSITE AND MEMBER E-BLASTS

APA California produces the digital California Planner newsletter four times annually.  Cal Planner brings APA California members the latest information on issues of concern to the planning field.  The editor of Cal Planner is the APA California Vice President for Public Information.  APA California also has an interactive website at www.apacalifornia.org. The website has a user-friendly format and a streamlined navigation bar to make it easy for members to find membership information, workshop and conference registration, legislative updates, links to key planning sites, the consultant’s directory and sponsor ticker, job ads, and much more. APA California has also begun an active e-mail blast program to alert members about important information and events, hot legislation, up-coming deadlines, elections and services.

STATEWIDE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

APA California provides varied, informative and unique educational, APA Certification Maintenance and legal accredited sessions, as well as excellent networking opportunities for its members though its annual conference. The list of locations for the annual conferences is on the website, as well as registration and program information. The Conference rotates each year to one of the eight host APA California Sections.

STATE AND SECTION CONTINUING EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION MAINTENANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Workshops and webinars at both the state and Section level focus on a variety of hot planning issues including the annual legislative updates, AICP test and planning commissioner training, ethics, and nuts and bolts instruction. All of these opportunities qualify for National APA Certification Maintenance (CM) credit for AICP members, as do all of the sessions featured at the State Conference.

CHAPTER AND SECTION AWARDS PROGRAMS

Each year, the Chapter encourages creative and positive planning through its California and Section Awards Programs.The awards are given for excellence in plans, planning projects, and journalism focusing on planning issues. Awards are also given to professional planners, community and statewide leaders and elected officials for distinguished service.

LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM AND LEGISLATIVE REVIEW TEAMS

Through its VP for Policy & Legislation, its legislative advocates Sande George and Lauren De Valencia y Sanchez with Stefan/George Associates, and its Legislative Platform and Review Teams, APA California affects statewide change in planning law by working with state legislators, regulators and affiliated interest groups.  Legislation of key interest to APA California Chapter members that APA California actively lobbies includes bills dealing with CEQA, infill development, groundwater and flood planning, financing for planning and infrastructure, housing elements and housing funding, and legislation amending general plan and zoning law.  APA also sponsors legislation, as it did this year with a by right housing proposal. Members can actively participate in determining APA California’s position on critical legislation affecting planning in California by joining the Legislative Review Teams.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT CONFERENCE TRACK

The Chapter, through its California Planning Foundation, awards annual scholarships to students from each of the six accredited planning schools in California. APA California now also features at its annual conference an entire day of programs geared to the needs and interests of students.

LANDMARK AWARDS PROGRAM AND CHAPTER HISTORY ARCHIVES

APA California each year recognizes influential works and projects completed more than 25 years ago through its Landmarks Awards Program, begun in 1988.  APA California also has an agreement with the California State University at Northridge to house its Chapter Archives, so that planning students and scholars can review important historical documents that will be preserved for future generations.

ONGOING MEMBER SUPPORT OPTIONS

APA California also has a number of other programs designed to target specific member services: New member and Planning Commissioner outreach, Young Planners Group (YPG), Membership Inclusion Program, Planners Emeritus Network (PEN), Chapter-Only membership, member financial assistance, and group liability insurance discounts.

For information regarding any of these programs, please call the APA California office at 916-540-7196, or e-mail  nhe2011@live.com.