1999 Conference

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Date(s) - Oct 16, 1999 - Oct 19, 1999
All Day

Bakersfield Convention Center


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


The theme of the 1999 conference, Celebrating Diversity, was particularly appropriate as we approach the 21st Century.

Carol Whiteside, President of the Great Valley Center in Modesto and formerly the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Governor Wilson, stated, “Our state is recognized as the most diverse in the nation. The richness and energy that comes from diverse backgrounds of individuals and communities that make up California are the envy of the world. ” Ms. Whiteside serves as Honorary Co-Chair of the CCAPA Conference.

Conference Chairman Brian Smith, AICP, elaborated on the conference theme. “At our annual conference this fall, California planners will put forward their best ideas for improving the State’s quality of life while accomodating the diversity of its residents. Everyone, regardless of background or income level, has a stake in the outcome of the debate over growth. The 1999 CCAPA Conference will celebrate California’s unprecedented diversity and highlight how the vast Central Valley reflects the challenges we face.”

The 1999 CAL Chapter/American Planning Association Conference was held at the Bakersfield Convention Center. Bakersfield, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, is a city on the move. Many areas have been revitalized and beautified. Today, Bakersfield exemplifies the breadth of Califomia’s diversity in natural resources, economy, and a rich cultural heritage. Central Section is proud to have hosted the 1999 CAL Chapter / American Planning Association Conference.

The 1999 Conference Featured:

  • 4 Keynote Speakers
  • 55 Informative Panel Sessions
  • Mobile Workshops
  • Special Events
  • Plenary breakfasts, lunches, and Awards luncheon

Conference Hotel

The conference hotel site was the new:

Bakersfield Holiday Inn Select
801 Truxton Avenue (downtown)

This 4-star hotel is integrated with the newly expanded convention center, includes quality restaurants and shops, and is convenient to the downtown and transportation connections.

Getting to Bakersfield

Drive, fly, or take Amtrak. Use the courtesy phones at the airport or train station to call for the free shuttle to the Bakersfield Holiday Inn Select.


Registration fees include the opening reception, three breakfasts, and three lunches.

Panel Moderators

  • Sterling Barnes, Planner, City of Los Angeles, California
  • Vince Bertoni, AICP, City of Santa Clarita
  • Brian D. Boxer, AICP, Regional Vice President, EIP Associates
  • John Bridges, CCAPA, CPC-APA, Principle, Cotton/Beland Associates
  • Christopher J. Duerksen, land use attorney, Clarion Associates
  • Ross Elliott, AICP, Kern County Administrative Office
  • Joanne Gamett, AICP, APA President and Planning Director, Sublette County, Wyoming
  • Marc S. Grisham, AICP, Assistant City Manager, City of Pinole, California
  • T. Keith Gurnee, principle, Planning and Landscape Architecture Division, RRM Design Group
  • Jack Hardisty, AICP, Development Services Director, City of Bakersfield, California
  • Alex G. Hernandez, Director of Redevelopment, The Olson Company
  • Larry K. Hogle, partner, Hogle-Ireland, Inc.
  • Steve Hopcraft, Public Relations Consultant, APA California Chapter
  • Julia Lave Johnston, Project Manager, Local Government Commission, Sacramento
  • Cary D. Lowe, Ph.D., attorney, Jenkins & Gilchrist
  • Antero Rivasplata, AICP, Jones, Stokes & Associates
  • Marc Roberts, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Livermore, California
  • Steve Sanders, Executive Director, California Futures Network
  • Alvin D. Sokolow, Public Policy Specialist, University of California Cooperative Extension
  • James Sullivan, Department of Earth Sciences, University of California, Riverside
  • Cecily T. Talbert, attorney, partner, McCutcheon, Doyle, Brown & Enersen
  • Veronica Tam, AICP, Los Angeles Section Professional Development Officer
  • Elwood C. (Woodie) Tescher, AICP, Director of Planning and Urban Development, EIP Associates
  • Paul Wack, AICP, Assistant Professor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California
  • Michael R. Waiczis, AICP, CCAPA Vice President for Professional Development
  • Linda Wheaton, AICP, Division of Housing Policy Development, CA Dept of Housing & Community Development
  • Dr. Chris Williamson, AICP, Research Associate Professor, University of Southern California
  • Joshue Wolfe, AICP, Planner, Design, Community & Environment, Berkeley, California