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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.

October 19, 2020

October 1st was the last day for the governor to sign bills that made it to his desk during the 2020 legislative session. The number of bills introduced and the number that ended up passing was smaller this year, primarily due to the impacts of COVID-19 and direction to the legislature to prioritize bills in higher priority areas.

September 29, 2020

During the 2020 APA California Conference, the Chapter's Planner Emeritus Network (PEN) participated in the 2020 APA California Awards Program. As part of the Awards Program, PEN recognized four honorees. 

September 28, 2020

Hindsight 2020: Our Health, Our Future

November 12-13, 2020

The annual Hindsight Conference, organized by the New York Metro Chapter of the APA, focuses on urban planning through an equity lens. The 2020 virtual Conference will focus on public health and environmental justice. Learn more and register at https://www.hindsightcon.com/


September 27, 2020

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, eight volunteers joined forces to particpate in a clean up event hosted by APA in partnership with The Nature Conservancy at a property along the Santa Clara River. The volunteers were hosted by The Nature Conservancy's Stewardship Associate - Kat Selm - who provided background information on The Nature Conservancy's work along the river. According to The Nature Conservancy, the Santa Clara River "is a vital source of drinking water for the local community, as well as a key resource for many prosperous farms. It also offers some of the last riverside and freshwater habitat for wildlife in the bustling Los Angeles-Ventura region.

September 27, 2020


Long time no talk! I have been a little M.I.A. these last couple months, particularly as I have been assisting with the first APA California virtual conference. If I am being honest, I was a bit skeptical of whether the conference would be successful in a virtual setting, as I know I myself enjoy the face time and networking capabilities that the in-person conference offers. However, I am happy to say that I thought the conference was a HUGE success, providing opportunities to network and chat in a ‘hallway’ format through the REMO application, and attend virtual mobile workshop formatted events. The Big Conversations, which the conference was based around, with Big Conversation # 1 on Racism and Bias in the planning profession was the highlight for me. 

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