APA California inaugurated a new professional development program for our members in 2015 through APA’s On Demand program. It is part of our effort to expand learning opportunities for those members who are not always able to attend Section activities or the Chapter conference to earn AICP CM credit, although any Chapter member has equal access. This program is a chance to either learn individually, or gather people together to view and discuss.
These sessions are available for viewing at $15 each and $10 for each additional person in a group registration. Each session is claimed once for CM credit.
The following videos are 4-6 minute previews. To register and view the full length version, click on the blue title link above each video. All are approved for 1.5 CM credits:
2018 San Diego Conference
How can planning professionals ensure that our projects enhance and complement, not isolate and displace, existing communities? What practical and actionable strategies can we deploy to preserve neighborhood character and foster holistically affordable communities? The goal is to promote economic growth while maintaining the affordability and character of urban places.
Moderator: Jacqueline Torres, Senior Transportation Planner, Arup
Speakers: Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network; Jenna Hornstock, Executive Officer, Transit Oriented Communities, LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro); Lisa Padilla, Principal, Cityworks Design; Trent Lethco, AICP, Principal, Arup.
The lack of affordable housing for low and middle income class families has the California State Legislature taking note. This session examines the history of affordable housing in California and how we arrived at the current crisis, focusing on zoning and the housing entitlement process. Potential solutions, including a discussion on new legislation, will be discussed.
Moderator: Alisha Winterswyk, J.D., Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP
Speakers: Carrie Tai, AICP, Current Planning Officer/Zoning Administrator, City of Long Beach; Ruta Thomas, REPA, Principal Dudek; Christian Hunter, Hydrogeology Engineer, Dudek
This session provides members with an update of planning-related legislation, case law and regulations that APA California lobbied in 2018, including detailed information on legislation signed into law, implementation recommendations, regulations adopted during the year, and any budget changes that impact planners and planning.
Moderator: John Terell, AICP, Vice President, Policy and Legislation, APA California
Speakers: Sande George, Partner, Stefan/George Associates, Executive Director and Lobbyist, APA California; Lauren De Valencia, Administrative Director, Stefan/George Associates, Lobbyist, APA California.
The American Planning Association’s Planners4Health initiative is forging partnerships throughout the state to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions that support health and build capacity to support healthier communities. Come hear about collaborative efforts underway that are leading to more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities.
Moderator: Miguel Vazquez, AICP, Healthy Communities Planner, APA Diversity Chair
Speakers: Carolina Ilic, AICP, Senior Regional Planner, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG); Bill Sadler, JD, Director of Operations, Public Health Alliance of Southern California; Andrea Howard, Senior Analyst, Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a constantly evolving law. Each year there are new laws, new court decisions interpreting the Act, and to spice things up this year, the Natural Resources Agency has adopted changes to the CEQA Guidelines that will fundamentally change how transportation impacts are analyzed.
Moderator: Antero Rivasplata, AICP, Technical Director, ICF
Speakers: Margaret Sohagi, JD, Principal, Sohagi Law Group; Jeannie Lee, AICP, JD, Senior Counsel, Office of Planning and Research; Chris Ganson, Senior Planner, Office of Planning and Research
A comprehensive cannabis policy typically requires not only zoning code amendments, but also code amendments related to health and safety and business regulations, GIS mapping and analysis, new regulatory fees and taxes, and a monitoring and compliance program, all within the umbrella of solid legal analysis and guidance. This session discusses how these various facets can be shaped together into a smart, effective policy framework that will make sense to agency staff and decision-makers, applicants, and the public, paving the way for clear and straight-forward administration.
Moderator: Tanya Sundberg, Senior Associate, PlaceWorks
Speakers: Nicole Elliot, Director, City and County of San Francisco Office of Cannibis;John Bliss, President, SCI Consulting Group; Sarah Owsowitz, JD, of Counsel, Best, Best & Krieger; Max Thelander, AICP, Analyst, CEO, Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management.
As Amazon and other online retailers continue to grow, shopping centers of all sizes must take on new roles that can’t be replicated online. But how can this be done with substantial infrastructure needs, uncertainty about retail trends, and fractured ownership?
Moderator: Thomas Jansen, Director, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
Speakers: Shannon Heffernan, AICP, Urban Design Manager, Studio One Eleven; Matthew Burris, Deputy City Manager of Community and Economic Development, City of Rancho Cucamonga; Jerry Tessier, President, Arteco Partners
From San Diego to London, cities are grappling with the arrival of home-sharing platforms and the gathering of a social and economic storm. While some level of short-term rental has always occurred in tourist-friendly cities, STRs have increased in accessibility and popularity with the arrival of Airbnb and the like.
Moderator: Perry Banner, Project Manager, Michael Baker International
Speakers: Kim Sczuric, Administrative Services Director, City of Truckee, CA; Jennifer Paige, AICP, Deputy Director, City of Pasadena; Elizabeth Caraker, City of Monterey; Ulrik Binzer, Founder and CEO, Host Compliance
This session explores how California should address its current housing affordability crisis and future housing needs, equitably and sustainably, from the perspectives of representatives from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Building Industry Association (BIA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Planning Association (APA), Housing California, and the Sierra Club. Is it a supply, delivery, or planning question? Is there consensus?
Moderator: William Anderson, FAICP, Director, City and Regional Planning, Americas, AECOM, former Planning Director, City of San Diego, and former APA National President
Speakers: Deborah Duane, President, Norwood Development Strategies; Jeff O’Conner, Board Member, California Building Industry Association, and Director of Operations, HomeFed Corporation; Phil Bona, 2017 AIA San Diego President and Senior Architect & Planner, AVRP; Glen Drake, Board Member, California League of Conservation Voters and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Stephan Haase, AICP, Senior Vice-President, Baldwin and Sons, Chair or the City of San Diego Planning Commission, and former Planning Director of the City of San Jose; David Zisser, Associate Director, Housing California.
Drawing on the experience of planners throughout California this panel covers disaster preparation; communication tools, plans, and constraints; and planning recovery innovations. Each speaker offers lessons learned and considers the politics, resources, and realities that could lead to or prevent implementation.
Moderator: Lilly Rudolph, AICP Senior Program Manager, Rincon Consultants
Speakers: Jeffery Lambert AICP, Community Development Director, City of Ventura; Chris Stephans, Resource Management Agency Director, Ventura County; Vince Nicoletti, Deputy Director Planning and Development Services, County of San Diego; Erin Morris, AICP, Planning and Code Enforcement Manager, City of Napa Community Development Department.
Opening Keynote: Assembly Member Todd Gloria, 78th Assembly District
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Dr. Mary Walshok is an author, educator, researcher, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. She is a thought leader and subject matter expert on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth. she is the author of more than 100 articles and reports on regional innovation, the role of research institutions in regional economies and workforce development. She has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters and articles on the world of work, including: Blue Collar Women (1981), Knowledge Without Boundaries: What America’s Research Universities Can Do for the Economy, the Workplace, and the Community (1995), Closing America’s Job Gap (2011) and Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Entrepreneurial Economy (2013). As an industrial and social scientist studying the dynamics of regional economic development and transformation, Walshok has studied various communities across America. She has evaluated 13 WIRED regions funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, studied three innovative regions for a National Science Foundation-funded project, and assessed one region’s efforts to grow an industry for a Lilly Foundation-funded endeavor.