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Central Coast Section News

January 1, 2021

In December 2020, APA Central Coast sat down with a community advocate and leader from Ventura County's City of Oxnard to talk about public particpation, civic dialogue, and community relations. Speaking with Oxnard's Gabe Teran, the conversation shared insights and experieces from Oxnard as well as how the citywide neighborhood council system contributes to public particpation and dialogue. 

December 22, 2020
APA Central Coast is searching for a new look for the upcoming 2021 Planning Academy! We are asking students in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties to help us create a logo for the ucpoming course.
Scheduled to begin in February 2021, the Central Coast Section is bringing back another popular Planning Academy series in early 2021. The 2021 Planning Academy will be an 8-week virtual course conducted as a series of 2 to 2.5 hour sessions. It will be geared toward professional planners, both veterans and early career, but will have much to offer students, planning commissioners, community advocates, development professionals, academics, and others.
December 15, 2020

Happy Holidays APA Central Coast! 

With all the hardship, heartache, and challenges that 2020 has brought, I wanted to take a step back and recognize all that we have accomplished or been challenged to overcome this year. We have perfected the art of working from home while balancing our personal lives amongst the daily chaos, become teachers to our children, or explored our own backyards more than we might typically. Whatever you identify with, I would encourage us all to celebrate each moment, even the small ones!

December 13, 2020

Released December 10, 2020

On December 2, 2020, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) approved Ventura County Council of Governments (VCOG) Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) application totaling $432,000.  HCD's REAP program allows councils of governments (COGs) and other regional entities to collaborate on projects that have a broader regional impact on housing. Grant funding is intended to help regional entities and governments facilitate local housing production that will assist local governments in meeting their Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA). REAP grants are regionally administered by SCAG and awarded only to SCAG’s recognized subregional partners such as VCOG, which represents Ventura County and its 10 incorporated cities.

December 9, 2020

On December 8th, APA’s Central Coast Section certified the results of its annual election. With the close of the election, the Executive Board of Directors welcomes new Board members and gives its thanks to a pair of dedicated outgoing Board members. Below are excerpts from the candidate statements submitted by each of the Section’s new Board Members.

Outgoing Board Members

It is with immense gratitude, that we say farewell to Board Members Kristina Boero and Steve Welton for their years of service. 

November 22, 2020

2021 California Planning Roundtable and APA California Planning Leadership Academy

The California Planning Roundtable is excited to launch the 2021 Leadership Academy, in partnership with APA California. Registration is open now until December 27, 2020. This professional development program is targeted at mid-career professionals interested in leadership roles in their organizations. It was developed to help planners make an impact by learning directly from fellow change makers from across California who are advancing best practices and important causes and leading others through transformative changes.

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November 22, 2020

Event PanelistsOn November 12th, with an audience of more than 20 people in attendance, APA Central Coast partnered with California Lutheran University’s Public Policy and Administration program to chat with three regional professionals from public, nonprofit and academic sectors to discuss what is being done to understand and support vulnerable communities in Ventura County.

October 29, 2020

A big thank you to Scott Collins and Scot Graham for sharing insights with APA for the Central Coast's second Celebrating Cities event series. The virtual event featured Collins and Graham as they shared project-by-project details, as well as successes and challenges. From their comprehensive General Plan/Local Coastal Program/Zoning Code Update to a coastal city’s response to COVID-19 – Morro Bay has a lot going on in their community – be sure to tune in. 

Missed the Celebrating Cities event with the City of Morro Bay? The recording for this event is available at: https://zoom.us/rec/share/CKJwsqnVABjRZSpOK6EuH3neNjpknO1N5xWyvbq9ULhzNdNbuAFeZFAHm3pZwq_k.NpZAUsDAp4u6ZdIQ

October 22, 2020

Greetings from the 6th Annual Virtual Coastal Housing Coalition Santa Barbara Housing Conference, which occurred on Friday, October 2nd!

Dan Walters, an author at CalMatters presented the keynote address focusing on housing legislation, the California housing crisis, and what we need to do to address housing on a local and state level.

How did we get to the housing crisis we are seeing today?

As Dan said, in the 1980s, our population grew from 24 million to about 30 million people due to a migration to California from all over the world and a high birth rate.   More people means a need for more housing.

Population growth slowed in the 1990s and even more in the 2000s, but today we are still averaging a population growth of 300,000 per year in California.

October 21, 2020

Join APA’s Central Coast Section for another APA Planner Talks where we dive into the natural resource and open space management with Russell Galipeau.

Russell Galipeau is an Adjunct Professor at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) and former National Park Superintendent with the National Park Service with experience in a variety of locations including the Central Coast Section’s Channel Islands National Park. In October 2018, CSUCI awarded Mr. Galipeau the Robert J. Lagomarsino Award for 15 years of service at Channel Islands National Park that included his role in helping establish the CSUCI Santa Rosa Island Research Station (SRIRS) and because of the hundreds of CSUCI students he introduced to the wonder of the Channel Islands.

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