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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.

State APA has put together the attached PDF summarizing the end of the session highlighting bills that were signed and some that didn’t. Three of the key bills were Assembly Bill (AB) 3088 which extends eviction relief for renters impacted by COVID-19, AB 725 related to regional housing need numbers (RHNA) for moderate and above moderate income households and AB 2345 which amended state density bonus statute.

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

Hi!

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. 

August 21, 2020

A big thank you to Jeffrey Lambert and Scott Kolwitz for sharing insights with APA for the Central Coast's first Celebrating Cities event. The webinar event featured Lambert and Kolwitz as they shared project-by-project details and challenges that are expected to influence the future of Oxnard. From a vision for their downtown to a Zocalo concept - Oxnard has a number of innovative projects in the pipeline.

August 14, 2020

The City of Solvang Releases RFP for Comprehensive General Plan Update and Environmental Impact Report. Visit the City's website to find more information regarding this RFP. Link provided below: 

https://www.cityofsolvang.com/

August 13, 2020

Written by Clay Downing, Ventura County Sub-Section Director for APA California’s Central Coast Section

Santa Barbara, CA - At this point, many of us have been stuck at home, to greater and lesser degrees, since COVID-19 changed the way that we operate beginning in February this year. While many professional planners spend much of our jobs in an office, the issues that we work on are tied to happenings in our communities. To this end, I had the opportunity to take stroll along Santa Barbara’s State Street in the beginning of August and was amazed at the changes that I saw. Despite social distancing, masks, and immense changes to the way that businesses must operate, State Street was alive with activity as Lexi Journey, Ethan Stan, and I observed the changes that have occurred in this corridor since the start of the pandemic.

August 11, 2020

Planning for Equity – What is the role of planners in promoting equity? During this time of racial reckoning in America and beyond, what can we do as planners to make sure our work contributes to equity? The APA adopted and published the Planning for Equity Policy Guide in May 2019. According to the policy guide “Planning for Equity means applying an equity lens- for just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential- to everything planners do.” The planning profession has played a past and present role in perpetuating discriminatory practices against communities of color, LGBTQ communities, women, and persons with disabilities. As planners we need to be aware of this history and actively work to ensure we change course.

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