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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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APA CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Dec 2016

APA CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE DECEMBER 2016 By Paul Clark, AICP, Vice Director – Policy   Throughout this year of 2016 I have been focusing attention on four planning related bills progressing in the state legislature:   AB 2501 (Housing: density bonuses): This bill and the next are by the same Assemblyman, Richard Bloom (D: Santa Monica, District 50). AB 2501 ...

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