APA CA July Updates

Greetings APA California Members,

We would like to take a moment to update you on some recent Chapter news and reminders. We hope this update finds you well and you are enjoying your summer!


Proposals are now being accepted online for APA’s 2012 National Planning Conference in Los Angeles, April 14-17. Propose a session, workshop, technology showcase, discussion, or poster. The deadline for most proposals is Tuesday, August 23.


The California Chapter presents a statewide conference annually that provides networking and educational opportunities for its members. These popular conferences attract planning professionals from throughout California, the United States, and around the world.

Please don’t forget to register. You won’t want to miss this conference! For more information and to register, please visit http://www.calapa.org/2011-conference.


By Juan Borrelli, AICP – Vice President of Professional Development and
Lance Schulte, AICP – AICP Commissioner, Region 6

Ninety (90) California Chapter planners sat for the May 2011 AICP Exam. Of those, 63 members passed, which represents a 70 percent pass rate for California. For this exam, California’s pass rate is slightly higher than the national pass rate at 68 percent, for 562 applicants. California planners who passed this exam hail from all eight Sections of our Chapter. Passing the AICP Exam allows application for AICP membership and the commitment to a professional code of ethics and continuing education in their professional advancement.

On behalf of the entire APA California Board of Directors, please join us in extending a very BIG CONGRATULATIONS to each of California’s newest candidate AICP members:

Marcus E. Adams
Samantha Adams
Rafik Albert
Noah Alvey
Caitlin B. Boon
Jonathan E. Borrego
Sandra G. Chandler
Iris Chi
Travis L. Crawford
William R. Crouch
Stephanie Dewolfe
Kinikia M. Gardner
Jill S. Griffiths
Jerry J. Guarracino
Aaron Hecock
Edward Heming
Robert Holmlund
Theodore L. Irving
Michael V. Iswalt
Heidi E. Jones
John J. Kim
Catherine Yu Lin
Yanjia Liu
Michael T. Loewke
Catrine C. Machi
Erika Martin
Sophie Martin
Omar Masry
Derek A. Mcgill
Justin Meek
Warren Morelion
Jessica L. Morriss
Tessa Munekiyo
Michael E. Nichols
Dana Ogdon
Evan Paul
Sebastian J. Petty
Jory Phillips
John J. Powderly
Michael E. Profant
John P. Ramirez
Martin D. Reeder
Neil C. Robinson
Paul J. Rosenbloom
Kevin M. Saavedra
Laurice S. Salamack
Nathan M. Schmidt
Garland R. Shaw
Anthony J. Shute
Austin Silva
Joseph D. Smith
Teresa R. Spade
John Speka
Claudia M. Stuart
Elaine Y. Thienprasiddhi
Joseph Urzua
Joan A. Walter
Cecily Way
Wade Wietgrefe
Peter Winch
Molly Wright
Thomas Yee
Iris Yuan

For more AICP Code of Ethics, Professional Development, or Certification Maintenance (CM) Credit resources, please go to: http://www.calapa.org/en/cms/?140.


Assistance is available for both membership & conference attendance, so in addition to the Membership page, can we also post on the main & conference pages, as well? Here’s some copy you can use for the e-blast & website:

APACA financial assistance program available for membership dues and conference registration. For more information and eligibility details, please click here.


Planetizen is offering two seminars this summer at USC directly relevant to planners in the Southern California area.

Planning Ethics Seminar
Saturday, July 30, 2011 (9:30am-12:30pm)
University of Southern California campus, Los Angeles
Cost: $59

This three-hour seminar provides professional planners with a thorough and thoughtful discussion of ethical concerns that many planners are likely to face in their careers. Ethics expert Carol Barrett, AICP, examines the AICP Code of Ethics, and applies its standards to common examples in everyday planning. This seminar has been approved for 3 AICP certificate maintenance (CM) credits, and fulfills the required 1.5 Ethics CM credits.

More information: http://www.planetizen.com/planningethics

AICP Exam Preparation Seminar
Saturday, Aug 6, 2011 (9am – 4:15pm)
University of Southern California campus, Los Angeles
Cost: $149

This special event will offer a broad primer on AICP topics in just one day! This is a unique opportunity to interact with AICP exam expert and OSU Professor Evans-Cowley face-to-face. The seminar will include both lecture and question-and-answer sessions.

More information: http://www.planetizen.com/aicp-seminar