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

2017 and 2018 Videos

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.