Full Conference Package

The APA California Virtual Conference Full Package includes video recordings of all sessions held during the three-day conference, September 14-16, 2020.

Package Rates
APA Member$150
APA Member: Student$25
YEP Members and Planning Commissioners$100
Non-APA Member$200
Non-APA Member: Student$40

CMLaw and Ethics
Big Conversation #1: Racism and Bias in Planning (This session included without cost)
Panelists discuss the ways planning has historically supported systemic racism, the role that planning plays in perpetuating inequities, and what planners today should do to begin to address and heal from that history. This conversation will also forward to a future in which planning plays an integral part in eradicating the disease that is racism.
Taking a Closer Look: Living and Dying in LA vs the Dream of a Noble Profession
Drawing on their shared experience, and opportunities lost and found in speaking out on racism in planning, Ivory Chambeshi and Melani Smith will dialogue in this session, taking a closer look at the reality of the urban planning profession, and the roles each of us must play in remaking it.
Books on Cities: Josh Stephens on The Urban Mystique and Shane Phillips on The Affordable City
Los Angeles-based urban planning authors Josh Stephens and Shane Phillips discuss their new books: The Urban Mystique: Notes on California, Los Angeles and Beyond (Solimar Books) and The Affordable City (Island Press). The conversation is led by CP&DR Publisher Bill Fulton, himself the author of The Guide to California Planning.
Inaugural Betty Croly Memorial Lecture

More than Municipal Housekeepers: Women’s Clubs and the Birth of City Planning

Meredith Drake Reitan of the University of Southern California explores the role of early twentieth century Los Angeles club women as proto-planners during an era where women were often absent from the organized practice of planning.
SB 1000: The Bumpy Road towards Environmental Justice through Comprehensive Planning (CPR Session)
Per SB 1000, aka the Healthy Communities Act, cities and counties across the state are required to incorporate environmental justice into their general plans. This legislation represents a unique opportunity for planners to mitigate and prevent environmental burdens on the most vulnerable communities in California.
2020 CEQA Update
CEQA is a constantly evolving law. Get up-to-date on the latest happenings in case law, VMT transportation impacts, and the new CEQA bills passed in 2020.
APA National Leadership Meet & Greet
Zoom in and meet APA National President Kurt Christiansen, APA Chief Executive Officer Joel Albizo, and the APA board members representing California. With a new CEO, APA was already working on some big changes before the pandemic and social justice issues rightly demanded our full attention. What is next for APA? What will the focus for the next few years be? How will the organization help planners address these very important issues, and help them weather a potential recession?
Implementing the Disadvantaged Communities Planning Tool to Secure Active Transportation Funding
The Disadvantaged Communities Planning Initiative is focused on delivering active transportation plans for disinvested communities. Lessons learned are shared on topics ranging from effective engagement, developing community stakeholder groups, temporary demonstration projects, and preparing active transportation grant applications.
Modern Mentors: Supporting the Growth of Diverse Talent in the Digital Age
Mentorship has been proven effective in increasing the retention and advancement of a diverse and inclusive workforce. All levels of planners explore the topics of digital mentoring, embracing and advancing diversity in your workforce, staff retention and career advancement.
Environmental Justice and Increasing Diversity in the Environmental and Planning Professions
Panelists discuss the merits and unforeseen circumstances of including environmental justice (EJ) in the CEQA process, how local agencies are handling through the General Plan process, how NEPA addresses EJ, how to implement it successfully and measurably, increasing litigation and the cascade of other social and economic impacts.
Gender Equity in Planning: Data, Design, and Tools for Taking Action
A panel representing diverse ways to shape transportation and the built environment sheds new light on a topic gaining traction across the world: designing more equitable cities for women. Learn how gender bias manifests in planning decisions and how these panelists are contributing to solutions.
The California APA Membership ‘State of the Profession’ Survey
See the results of the first-of-its-kind APA California Fall 2019 survey: ‘The State of the Planning Profession in California’. Hundreds of California planners participated! Join us and discover what your fellow planners have to say about the state of our profession.
Diversity Summit: Lessons from COVID-19
The recent COVID-19 pandemic and racial tensions have exposed the roots of systemic racism and how it has exacerbated prevalent inequities in public health outcomes, housing, transportation, and general place-making. This panel discusses solution-oriented approaches to combat inequities in these multiple policy areas.
Total Big Conversation #1 Package CM Credits14.75
Big Conversation #2: Thinking Outside the Toolbox to House California
It is time to think outside of our current planning toolbox. Does taking planning processes out of the housing equation increase the California housing supply? In this conversation panelists discuss how planners can advocate and develop effective tools to equitably address the California housing crisis in a way that strengthens our communities.
Financing Infrastructure for Infill (California Planning Roundtable Session, CPR)
The State and many jurisdictions are planning Transit-Oriented Communities and urban infill to address our housing challenges and implement our climate-change mitigation strategies, resulting in more density in existing communities. How do we fund the basic and social infrastructure and public facilities to serve this growth and create community?
Going Viral: COVID Conversations are Spreading around the World
The current pandemic has exposed and magnified longstanding socioeconomic inequities, institutional shortcomings, and social unrest. This session highlights key lessons with planning and community-based responses gleaned from a series of international and domestic COVID Conversations.
Planning Help: Housing Elements, RHNA and The Housing Crisis
Find out what the State of California and regional governments are doing to assist local jurisdictions plan to accelerate housing production and to comply with the 6th Cycle housing element and Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA).
APA California 2020 Legislative Update
The APA California Vice President for Policy and Legislation, Executive Director and Administrative Director will recap the 2020 legislative session. Learn which bills passed, what didn’t make it, and what to expect next year. We will summarize the year’s most important bills, how they relate, and how to prepare for implementation.
APA California Section Leadership Roundtable
If you serve on an APA California Section Board, we would love for you to join us for a networking event to connect, understand how other sections are responding to the current climate, and share successes and lessons learned. This session will be informal and aimed to inspire intentional connection time.
How Can Planners be Leaders Who Make the Hard Calls Throughout Their Careers? (CPR Session)
The Great Recession made planners wary of raising tough issues. Today, the most critical issues facing California—housing, climate change, social equity—compel planners to be leaders and tackle these issues throughout their careers. This interactive panel discussion will help planners develop leadership skills to make the hard calls.
OPR Update: New Tools and Guidance
Join OPR Director Kate Gordon and OPR staff in a presentation and discussion of current statewide planning and policy initiatives, new tools, and guidance updates. The session includes an overview of CEQAnet, the new SiteCheck CEQA streamlining tool, updates to environmental justice and fire hazard planning guidance, and more.
Making Space: Optimistic Strategies for Addressing Homelessness
As visible homelessness presents an increasing challenge, jurisdictions are being asked to respond to this complex issue in productive, politically sensitive ways. In this session, attendees explore optimistic strategies to simultaneously improve the life of those experiencing homelessness and create inclusive public spaces for everyone.
Resetting the Economic Development Table In a Post-Pandemic World
The impacts of COVID-19 accelerated many of the land use trends that are reshaping cities and local economies. Understand the evolving shifts in land use and occupancy, and learn how to use economic development tools and strategies to accomplish recovery and resiliency in the retail, hotel, industrial, and residential markets.
Total Big Conversation #2 Package CM Credits11.5
Big Conversation #3: Planning for the Future
How can we plan for the future of our communities and continue to work towards making them more climate resilient, inclusive, and equitable? This panel of planners and non-planners share their insights on planning for a post-pandemic world and the trends that may impact real estate, transportation, open space, and entertainment.
Growing Resilient Together
California’s agricultural economies and communities are experiencing repetitive stressors, including wildfires. This threatens the social, economic, and environmental fabric and regenerative capacities essential for sustainability and quality of (all) life. This session identifies integrated approaches from ecology, data, design and community.
Is a ‘Zoom Bomb’ a Cocktail? Public Hearing Bodies Facing Challenges in Conducting Virtual Meetings
Virtual meetings are a sign of the times. Will they continue to play a valuable role when the current pandemic no longer requires them? Even if they are a temporary meeting opportunity, there are legal requirements that must be met. Planning Commission members discuss the latest on Brown Act compliance and other public engagement issues.
APA EDI: California Planners Influencing APA’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Agenda
Hear from California Planners whose recent efforts are shaping APA’s direction toward a more equitable, diverse and inclusive practice and profession. Highlights from the APA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee are discussed.
Designing Fire Adapted Communities for Safety and Resiliency in Fire Hazard Areas
California’s catastrophic wildfires are occurring more often and with greater intensity. Reasons for this acceleration are varied, but regardless of why, solutions to provide new housing are necessary. Is it possible to build safely in fire hazard severity zones?
Reimagining Commerce: Strategies to Encourage Diverse Economic Futures
Civic commerce is experiencing demonstrable change throughout California. New ideas are needed at multiple scales. How might strategic development reflect new realities and ensure that cities remain vibrant? This session explores opportunities for boosting economic vitality through creative planning and tactical design.
Public Space in Diverse and Changing Communities
The need for places to be outside and to build community has never been greater. Are parks keeping up? This session explores responses in park-deficient urban neighborhoods, unincorporated communities, and neighborhoods and cities in the process of transformation.
Personal Resiliency: A Salon-style Exchange of Experiences
As planning professionals, we set out to shape communities. But we often find that the projects and people we encounter reshape our thinking. Hear how planners of diverse ages and backgrounds—your peers—have responded and evolved from their professional experiences.
Total Big Conversation #3 Package CM Credits9