Distance Education

The APA California Distance Education program provides members with professional development CM credit opportunities through webinars, livestreaming and on-demand videos. All Chapter members are welcome and encouraged to use these professional development resources either individually or in group settings to facilitate discussion and further learning.


Webinars are live, time certain events typically containing audio and PowerPoint slides. Webinars make it possible to assemble a team of panelists reporting in from remote locations. Invitations are generally sent to members through Chapter email blasts. Each year the Chapter hosts several webinars on topics of current interest including law and ethics. All webinars are recorded. Following the webinar, the recording is typically uploaded to the APA California Youtube channel and made available as an on-demand video (see below).


Livestreams are real time scheduled events containing video, audio and PowerPoint slides. Like webinars, invitations are generally provided through Chapter email blasts. Livestreams have the potential to extend the reach of live-in person events. Going forward, the Chapter is looking for opportunities to livestream Section events anticipated to have broad appeal to members statewide. All livestreams are recorded. Following the livestream, the recording is typically uploaded to the APA California YouTube channel and made available as an on-demand video.


On demand videos are recordings of live events available for unlimited viewing at any time. Depending on the source, they may contain video, audio, and PowerPoint slides. Initial availability is generally announced through Chapter email blasts while a full list of available videos can be found on this page. Each year, the Chapter records 9 to 12 sessions from the state conference. Following the conference, recordings are uploaded to the APA California Youtube channel. Recorded webinars and livestreams may be added as on-demand videos throughout the year.

Currently, most conference session videos are available for viewing at $15 each and $10 for each additional person in a group registration. Each viewed session is claimed once for CM credit.

The videos listed on this page have been determined by APA California to be current and appropriate for AICP professional development. All listed videos are available for registration and CM credit. Any Chapter member who is not satisfied with their initial choice may contact our Chapter Distance Education Coordinator to request an alternative, at no additional cost. A new video link will be sent by email.

The following videos are currently available for CM credits. Click on title for registration link:


Saving the Planet: Making a Difference through Local Government Planning  CM | 1.5

Leading local government sustainability planners share their experiences of how California cities are tackling the most urgent planning issues in environmental sustainability. Plastic pollution, electric vehicle charging, climate adaptation planning, coastal conservation, energy alternatives—the list keeps growing. From triumphs to war stories—you’ll hear it all.

Moderator: Anne McIntosh, AICP, Director of Planning, City of Rancho Cucamonga

Speakers: Dana Murray, MESM, Environmental Manager, City of Manhattan Beach; Robyn Eason, AICP, LEED AP BD+C, ND, Senior Sustainability Planner, City of West Hollywood; Fern Nueno, AICP, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager, Economic Development Department, City of Long Beach; Chris Read, Sustainability Manager, City of San Luis Obispo

Emerging Transportation Solutions for Vexing Planning Problems  CM | 1.5

From high-speed rail to light rail to bus rapid transit, California is building more transit infrastructure than ever before, to accommodate both population growth and to respond to the housing crisis. In the context of limited federal funding and acute need, can new transportation technologies more efficiently solve cities’ planning problems?

Moderator: Martha Welborne, FAIA, Senior Advisor, HR&A Advisors

Speakers: David Meiger, AICP, Senior Executive Officer, Los Angeles, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Thomas Stone, PhD, Senior Strategic Advisor, BYD

APA California 2019 Legislative Update  CM | 1.5 | Law

This session provides members with an update of planning-related legislation, case law and regulations that APA California lobbied in 2019, 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: Eric Phillips, JD, Attorney, Vice President for Policy and Legislation, APA California

Speakers: Sande George, Partner, Stefan/George Associates, Executive Director, Lobbyist, APA California; Lauren De Valencia, Stefan/George Associates, Lobbyist, Administrative Director and Lobbyist, APA California.

How Can Planners Take a Leadership Role on Housing Issues?  CM | 1.5

Planners are on the front lines of the housing issue. They recognize the need for housing and know that getting housing built is a divisive issue. This session focuses on building planners’ leadership skills so they can effectively address the controversy that housing generates and create housing.

Moderators: Elaine Costello, FAICP, City Planning Consultant, Management Partners; Steve Preston, FAICP, Former City Manager, City of San Gabriel

Speakers: Liz Bar-El, Senior Planner, City of Santa Monica; Brad Wiblin, Executive Vice-President, Bridge Housing; Mark Rhoades, AICP, Principal, Rhoades Planning Group; Carmen Ramirez, Deputy Mayor, City of Oxnard

Women in Planning: Resilient Leadership  CM | 1.5

Want to explore your career path from a woman’s perspective? A moderated panel discusses leadership, career development, and empowerment followed by a Q & A session. Watch this exciting and inspiring conversation with some of California’s foremost female leaders in planning from the private and public sectors.

Moderator: Suzanne Schwab, AICP, Director of Land Use and Planning, Providence St. Joseph Health

Speakers: Laura Alcala, Community Investment Manager, City of Anaheim; Therese Brekke, Director of Planning, Five Point Communities; Jaqueline Onciano, Director of Planning & Development, County of Santa Clara; Karen Gulley, Managing Principal, Design, PlaceWorks

2019 CEQA Update  CM | 1.5 | Law

New CEQA Guidelines? New case law? New statutes? Here’s a comprehensive look at what’s been happening with CEQA, from the 2018 Guidelines amendments, to a year’s worth of CEQA decisions from the courts, and to the new laws from 2019.

Moderator: Antero Rivasplata, AICP, Technical Director, ICF

Speakers: Nicole Hoeksma Gordon, The Sohagi Law Group. PLC; Jeannie Lee, AICP, Senior Counsel, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Climate Action Plans: Are They Making a Difference or Just Satisfying Regulations?  CM | 1.5

This session reviews climate action planning in California to determine if the results have lived up to their overall objectives, or if they simply allow for compliance with state regulations through adoption. The discussion examines stated goals of greenhouse gas reduction and how they fit with new data on vehicle miles traveled, energy issues, and the transition to other forms of mobility needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mandated levels.

Moderator: Brian F Mooney, FAICP, Managing Principal, Community Planning and Landscape Architecture Division, RICK Engineering Company

Speakers: Tammy L Seale, Associate Principal, PlaceWorks; Honey Walters, Principal, Ascent Environmental; Brian Schoenfisch, Program Manager, City of San Diego; Ashley Watkins, Division Chief, Sustainable Division, County of Santa Barbara; Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst, City of San Mateo

By Right, Right? Principles for Crafting Context-Sensitive, By-Right Housing Regulations  CM | 1.5

State lawmakers are looking at adopting legislation that imposes by-right housing approvals on projects within one-quarter to one-half mile from transit stations (or other criteria). One-size-fits-all laws don’t work. Context matters. This discussion presents an approach to by-right housing legislation that respects the differences in our communities.

Moderator: Laura R. Stetson, AICP, Principal/Lead Contact, MIG, Inc.

Speakers: William Anderson, Principal, Arup; Simran Malhotra, AICP, AIA, Principal, Raimi + Associates; Marc Roberts, City Manager, City of Livermore; Woodie Tescher, Principal, PlaceWorks

Fire and Floods: The Practical and Policy Implications of Rebuilding After Natural Disasters  CM | 1.5

Natural disasters are a new normal in California, threatening lives, properties, and neighborhoods. In the face of recent disasters, policymakers are forced to consider difficult decisions to address increased risks in high-fire areas. Learn how those cities and counties devastated by recent disasters are working to rebuild and improve resiliency.

Moderator: Anthony Tomasello, LEED AP, Senior Planner, RRM Design Group

Speakers: Winston Wright, Planning Manager, Ventura County Resource Management Agency; Jeff Wilson, Assistant Director, Planning and Development, County of Santa Barbara;Tennis Wick, AICP, Director, County of Sonoma; Kevin Finkel, Principal Regional Planner, Los Angeles County

2018 San Diego Conference

Development without Displacement CM | 1.5

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 Great Debate: Can Housing in California be Affordable and Environmentally Conscious?  CM | 1.5 Law

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

Regional Planning from the Public Health Lens: Moving into a Healthier, More Equitable, and More Prosperous Future CM | 1.5

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)

Shaping a Comprehensive and Effective Cannabis Policy CM | 1.5

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.

The Next Domino to Fall: Deliberate Moves to Turn Around Suburban Shopping Centers  CM | 1.5

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

Short-Term Rentals and the Sharing Economy: How Airbnb is Reshaping Communities CM | 1.5

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

Housing the Next 9 Million – Six Organizations – Six Views CM | 1.5

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.

Disaster Recovery on the Planning Side: Innovations for the Future CM | 1.5

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.


Unlocking the Full Potential of Downtowns  CM 1.5

The Future of Mobility 2.0: What’s in Store for Our Cities  CM 1.5

Diversity Summit–Supporting Vulnerable Communities: Lessons Learned from a History of Urban Renewal and Displacement   CM | 1.5 Ethics

Missing Middle Housing: Is Your Planning and Coding Preparing Your City for the 21st Century Demand?   CM | 1.5

Housing Affordability and Neighborhood Stabilization Policies: The Resurgence of Rent Control in CA Cities   CM 1.5 Law

Land Use and Water: New Tools for Collaborating with Water Managers   CM | 1.5

Make No Little Plans: The Short History of Big Thinking and Big Plans in California (1960-1980)   CM | 1.5

Links to videos no longer available for CM credit are available upon request. Please contact Greg Konar, AICP, APA California Distance Education Coordinator for more information.