Author Archives: John Hildebrand

Happy Holidays from IES-APA

  The year is coming to an end, quite a journey we’ve had – From our Future of Cities Conference in March, wasn’t that rad? This year’s IES-APA Awards honored a whopping 28 prizes, Next year we’ll make sure to have more drinks – which is probably wisest! Planning Commissions Matter was the topic of July, Then the State Conference ...

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HAPPY NEW 2018 LEGISLATIVE YEAR

By: Paul Clark, AICP – Vice-Director of Policy See attached final report from the California APA Chapter Legislative Representatives.  This caps off the 2017 year and makes a few predictions for the coming year of interest for all planners.  Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.    

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APA Legislative Update – October 2017

By: Paul Clark, AICP – Vice Director, Policy   The first half of the 2017-2018 Session for the California Legislature adjourned at the end of September, with final votes completed a week or so earlier.  The Governor exercised his veto pen by October 15 signing a number of bills, including a “housing package.”  Altogether, the Legislature considered about 3000 items, ...

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Ambassador Spotlight — Miguel Vazquez, AICP

As part of National Community Planning Month (NCPM), I organized a Pecha Kucha Night in Riverside, California. Pecha Kucha Night is a global network of cities hosting events under the PK brand in which presenters have six minutes and 40 seconds to present 20 slides (20 seconds each). The audience typically is over 21 years of age as beer is part of the attraction. ...

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Planning for Healthy Communities: Putting Environmental Justice into General Plans

Planning for Healthy Communities:  Putting Environmental Justice into General Plans  Imagine a California of healthy and thriving communities, where urban and rural neighborhoods have the tools to help prevent and reduce industrial pollution, provide open space and local organic food, develop affordable housing, preserve local culture, generate good jobs, and conduct community-led planning to sustain this vibrant future. Such a ...

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This and That: Reflections from the 2017 American Planning Association California Chapter Conference

By: Miguel Angel Vasquez, AICP Sixteen years ago, I attended my first APA California Chapter Conference in the city of Sacramento. I had just completed my BA in Urban Studies and Planning form Cal State Northridge. I was there to present my student paper focused on the evolution of the City of Los Angles examined through the city planning lens.  Last week, I ...

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Strengthening California’s Healthy Communities Movement

Strengthening California’s Healthy Communities Movement: APA California Planners4Health Initiative Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP APA California Planners4Health Initiative Task Force Member About six years ago in 2011, I started my role as the first planner embedded at the Riverside County Department of Public Health (now known as the Riverside University Health System-Public Health).  Aside from learning new public health vocabulary and ...

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APA CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – August 2017

APA CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – SACRAMENTO CATCHES ITS BREATH AUGUST 2017   By Paul Clark, AICP, Vice Director – Policy The doldrums of summer arrived all over the United States and Sacramento did not escape the rush to the door by legislators seeking a quick vacation in cooler, or at least home, climates.  The California Legislature recessed from July 21 to ...

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APA CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – June 2017

  APA CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE JUNE 2017   By Paul Clark, AICP, Vice Director – Policy   This commentary was derived through the CALAPA Legislative Representatives in Sacramento and is primarily a copy of Governor Brown’s Budget update analysis, felt relevant to the planning profession.   Hello APA California Legislative Review Team and Board Members – The Governor just released ...

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APA CALIFORNIA Launches Planners4Health Six-Month Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1st, 2017 The American Planning Association California Chapter (APA-California) has been selected as one of 28 APA state chapters to participate in the $1.5 million grant-funded Planners4Health initiative. The initiative will focus on building capacity at the chapter level to create stronger, healthier communities statewide by fostering greater coordination between planners and public health professionals. Chapters ...

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