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Santa Barbara Housing Conference
January 24, 2020 to May 2, 2020

The Coastal Housing Coalition invites you to sponsor or register to attend the 6th Annual Santa Barbara Housing Conference on Friday, May 1-8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the historic Carrillo Recreation Center. This is Santa Barbara County's ONLY housing conference!

Keynote speaker is journalist, author, and California political expert Dan Walters from Sacramento. "Gimme Shelter" podcasters Liam Dillon and Matt Levin will also present. Breakfast, lunch, and post conference wine & beer reception is included.

Conference registration is $110 until April 1 and $150 after and at the door. Register now for sponsorships that start at $500. Exclusive Title Sponsorship is $10,000. Conference description and sponsorship flyer is available on our website www.coastalhousingcoalition.org. 

Register or sponsor now at CONFERENCE.

2020 APA California Conference: Call for Sessions
January 21, 2020 to February 21, 2020

APA California Conference: Call for Sessions is Open!

Deadline to submit is Friday, February 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The 2020 APA California Chapter Conference will be held in Riverside on September 12-15, 2020. The Conference Host Committee (CHC) issued a Call for Topics in December 2019, and membership delivered over 200 ideas were sent in!

Now is the opportunity to submit proposals for Sessions/Moderators/Speakers that respond to the topics that California planners want to learn about. The CHC is releasing the complete list of submittals from the Call for Topics to facilitate collaboration between like-minded submitters – or to encourage differentiation from similar ideas to provide a broader range of content. The CHC encourages submitters to respond with a complete session with all participants identified. The Call is open to all APA Members, planners, and allied professionals, and one need not have submitted an idea in the Call for Topics in order to submit. Proposals can also address topics not explicitly included in the Tracks and Topics Matrix but that are relevant to one of the categories.

The Riverside CHC looks forward to receiving your proposals and is counting on you to help us to bring together the experts – YOU - to deliver top notch educational and networking opportunities for our colleagues and allied professionals with no two sessions alike!

Please contact Programs Co-Chairs Christine Saunders (csaunders@sagecrestplanning.com) and Matt Burris (matt.burris@cityofrc.us) with questions, thank you!

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Director's Message
January 20, 2020

Message from the Director 

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From the Central Coast APA Executive Board, we would like to wish you a happy New Year! Personally, I am looking forward to a fresh start this year and to all that we have planned for our members this year! We are excited to announce that the Central Coast Board is rolling out a new event for the Section, what we’re calling a ‘mini-conference’, which will be paired with our annual awards event and exclusively for the benefit of our Section members. We hope this extends opportunities for professional development (yay CM credits!) and accessibility for members that may not always be likely to attend State or National APA conferences. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming months and save the date – April 11th! 

In other news, I would also like to extend a congratulatory note to our newest AICP members/ Candidates who passed their AICP certificate exam in 2019:

  • Brian Schwartz 
  • David Christie  
  • Nichole Garner 
  • and yours truly, Rachel Raynor

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you ever have ideas for future events for the Central Coast APA and/or have ideas to better serve you as an APA member. We would love to hear from you!

Rachel Raynor | APA Central Coast Director 


e: rcraynor@rrmdesign.com or connect with me on LinkedIn

Arrivals and Departures on the Central Coast Section's Board of Directors
January 14, 2020

APA's Central Coast Section started off the new year with a pair of changes on the Executive Board of Directors. 

The Board's Webmaster, Kyle Jordan, announced that he will has accepted a new position outside of the Central Coast and will be relocating in the near future. During his time on the Executive Board of Directors, Kyle was responsible maintaining and upgrading several components of the Section's website and supporting a number of other APA efforts on the Central Coast. As Kyle leave the Central Coast, we hope to see him continue invovlement in APA as he continues on his professional journey elsewhere in California. 

Although the Board is disappointed to lose an active and valuable local planner, it is with great excitement that we welcome Paul Fields as the Central Coast Section's new Public Information Officer.  

Paul's interest in planning was sparked in graduate school where during coursework in Urban Policy and Planning at California Lutheran University. He stated that "the experience exposed me to current trends and foundational theories in California planning including: urbanism, growth management and smart growth, infill and transit oriented development, sustainability and natural resources protection. It was this experience that led me to become involved with the American Planning Association initially as a student and subsequently as a professional." Paul a graduate of California Lutheran University and has worked with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Ventura County Economic Development Association, and City of Port Hueneme.

More details information about the Central Coast Section and its Executive Board of Directors is available at centralcoastapa.org/board-of-directors.



Message from the Director | December 2019
December 22, 2019

Director’s Message | December 2019

We just finished the 4th Citizens’ Planning Academy in the San Luis Obispo Subsection at the end of November. We covered topics ranging from CEQA, community design and healthy communities, and the influence of changing technologies. The group consisted of citizens in San Luis Obispo County and the planning committee could not be happier with their participation and inquisitive natures. The discussion was passionate, well-rounded, and full. Shoutout to Tammy Seale, Cindy Jacinth, Spencer Johnson, and Jeremy Freund for helping in the Academy Planning! Stay tuned Ventura members – you are up for the Academy to rotate your way in 2020!

2019 Planning Academy in SLO

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you ever have ideas for future events for the Central Coast APA and/or have ideas to better serve you as an APA member.

I hope you have a fun and safe end to your holiday season and very happy new year.

Rachel Raynor | APA Central Coast, Director

e: rcraynor@rrmdesign.com or connect with me on LinkedIn

Central Coast Section Certifies Board of Directors Election Results
December 22, 2019

Thank you to all of the Central Coast APA members who participated in the recent Executive Board of Directors election. During its monthly meeting on December 10, 2019, the Central Coast Section's Executive Board of DIrectors certified the results of its annual election.

The positions and the incoming Board Members who will begin their positions on January 1, 2020 include: 

  • San Luis Obispo Sub-Section Director: Spencer Johnson, CNU-A
  • Santa Barbara Sub-Section Director: Tess Harris
  • Ventura Sub-Section Director: Clay Downing
  • Legislative Officer: Denice Thomas, AICP
  • Membership Inclusion Officer: Tanner Shelton

2019 Election Results

What does the Central Coast Section’s Executive Board of Directors do? Board members oversee exciting professional development activities throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties, throughout the State of California, and nationally. Each of the above offices serves a term of 2 years. The duties for these positions are detailed in the California Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Central Coast Section Bylaws. Click here to review the Central Coast Section's Bylaws or visit our Board of Directors webpage to learn more. 

Success at CLU for APA in Ventura County
October 22, 2019

The Central Coast Section of APA co-hosted a first of its kind joint event at California Lutheran University (CLU) on October 7th with strong positive feedback from numerous attendees. The event was a joint effort, planned and co-hosted with CLU's Masters of Public Policy and Administration Program. Amongst other attendees, the Program's Urban Planning and Policy class attended the evening event.

CLU, Thousand Oaks Campus in Ventura CountyFollowing appetizers and mingling at the Lundring Center at CLU's Thousand Oaks campus, guest panelists opened the evening with a discussion of urban resiliency in Ventura County and what the emerging concept has come to mean to each of them in their roles. The guest panel portion of the event welcomed Dave Ward (Ventura County Planning, Planning Director), Darren Kettle (Ventura County Transportation Commission, Executive Director), and Sandy Smith (Sespe Consulting, Land Use Consultant; California Lutheran University, Senior Adjunct Faculty).

After listening to guest panelists respond to moderator-led questions, the students, alumni and APA members in attendence broke into small discussion groups to have their own voices added to those of guest panelists. At the end of the discussions, the groups reported out on the conversations in each of their groups.

Group discussion outcomes with guest panelistsFinally, the evening wrapped up with a fast-paced Speed Networking exercise led by APA's Kristina Boero and CLU's Loredana Carson. With strong feedback from students and APA following this event, the Central Coast Section is looking forward to strengthening its relationship with CLU in the future and plans to find additional opportunities for APA to share experiences with CLU's Public Policy and Administration.

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On Statewide Rent & Housing Tour, Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Nation’s Strongest Statewide Renter Protection Legislation
October 20, 2019

The following information is being shared by your Legislative Officer, Denice Thomas, AICP.

Click here to see the press release.

Governor Gavin Newsom signs 18 housing bills
October 20, 2019

Press release forwarded to you by your Central Coast Legislative Officer. Governor Newsom has signed 18 bills today whose intent is to boost housing production in the state.

Click here to read the press release!

Annual Membership Survey
October 18, 2019
How can the Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association better serve APA members along the Central Coast?
We are requesting your participation in a brief survey designed to gather information about how we can best serve our current APA members and attract new members who have an interest in being involved in the professional planning community through APA sponsored events and activities. 
The Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association's California Chapter serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. We aim to provide planning professionals, elected officials, and community members with services, support, and information to advance planning on the Central Coast of California and beyond. The Section offers professional development and networking opportunities, and current information on national, state, and local planning news. 
The information you provide will help us set Central Coast Section priorities. Click here to access the online Annual Membership Survey
Thank you for you participation,
Executive Board of Directors, Central Coast Section
American Planning Association, California Chapter
Executive Board of Directors, Central Coast Section, American Planning Association, California Chapter

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