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May 2017

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MAY 2017 Newsletter

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Sac Valley APA News Items

Events and Announcements from Other Organizations

SAC VALLEY APA EVENTS

a2017 SPEAKER SERIES - STARTING JUNE 23

Diverse Perspectives: Working Together to Build Vibrant Communities

The Sacramento region is one of the most diverse in the nation. From the mountains and lakes to the valleys and rivers, our people and the environment they live in span a wide range. While we may diverge on specific beliefs, there is a call to work together to make our diverse communities more vibrant and livable.  This year, let's help bring diverse perspectives to the table so that we can learn from each other and work together on our common goals.  This year marks 10 years of the Speaker Series! APA and our partners are proud to celebrate a successful 10 years of this collaborative program and look forward to bringing attendees diverse perspectives in land use, development, public health, architecture, policy, and many others. 

All sessions, with the exception of September, will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

First session is Friday, June 23

Join us for coffee & networking from 8:00-8:30 a.m.

West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

Free, Unrestricted Parking at 1271 West Capitol Avenue (behind Walgreens)

The September session will be Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 10:15-11:45 a.m. at the Convention Center (Live-stream will not be available)

Live-stream and networking will be held at the following locations:

Town of Truckee Council Chambers

Chico-Oroville area - Location TBD

For complete Program info see FLYER.

Registration Now Open!  http://svsapa.org/speaker-series/2017-speaker-series.html

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bPLANNER'S PINT NIGHT WITH PROFESSOR ROBERT W. WASSERMAN - 

May 16

Join YPG at Oak Park Brewery on Tuesday, May 16th for an evening discussion with Professor Rob Wassmer and his graduate students at Sacramento State on population density and other research projects focused on the Sacramento region. Rob Wassmer is a professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Sacramento State, and is also the Director of Sac State's Master's program in Urban Land Development. Professor Wassmer and his students will also be discussing the pros and cons of graduate school for those interested in pursuing a higher degree of education in urban and regional planning. 

When: May 16, 2017

Where: Oak Park Brewery 3514 Broadway)

Time:  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Light appetizers will be served. RSVP through Eventbrite and Facebook! We look forward to seeing you there!

*1.0 CM Credits Approved*

For questions about the event, please contact Yassi Sarvian, YPG Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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cSUNDAY STREET ON BROADWAY WITH YPG - MAY 21



In partnership with the Greater Broadway District, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and other organizations, the City of Sacramento's inaugural Sunday Street event will take place May 21, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Broadway from Riverside Boulevard to 26th Street, down to 2nd Avenue and east to Broadway. YPG will be helping the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) with building and installing a separated bikeway demonstration project for Sunday Street, so be sure to come out and say hi! 

More information on Sunday Street can be found here - we hope to see you! 

Interested in helping or learning more about YPG's involvement with the bike demonstration? Email Matt Braughton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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dCASE LAW EVENT - KEEPING UP WITH THE COURTS: 

HOW UNDERSTANDING RECENT CASE LAW CAN ENHANCE YOUR PROFESSIONALISM - JUNE 14

Presenter: Daniel S. Cucchi, Esq., Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.The pace of new court rulings affecting land use professionals can be difficult to keep up with.  But each one could have a significant impact on a land use professional's day-to-day activities.  If you want to catch up on the latest legal news that will help you implement best practices in your office, this session is for you.  Dan will review select cases from 2016 & 2017 and facilitate a discussion about their relevance on employing high-quality land use practice techniques in your office.

Register here by June 12

Lunch will be provided

1.5 CM Law (pending)

SAC VALLEY APA NEWS ITEMS

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SVS APA PLANNING AWARD WINNERS!

Each year, the SVS APA receives awards applications from jurisdictions around the region. This year we had an outstanding pool of awards applications and are pleased to announce winners in the following categories:

2017 Planning Awards of Excellence:

Comprehensive Planning - Small Jurisdiction: Placer County Tahoe Basin Area Plan

Comprehensive Planning - Large Jurisdiction: The Railyards

Economic Planning and Development: Live Oak Downtown Reinvestment Plan

Urban Design: El Dorado County Mixed Use Design Manual

 

2017 Planning Awards of Merit

Comprehensive Planning - Small Jurisdiction: City of West Sacramento General Plan 2035

Comprehensive Planning - Small Jurisdiction: Soda Springs Area Plan

Public Outreach/Best Practices: UC Davis Long Range Development Plan Community Engagement

Urban Design: McKinley Village

Many of the awards winners are eligible to apply to the State chapter for California Section Awards. Best of luck and congratulations! For additional information about the State awards process, please see: https://www.apacalifornia.org/events/awards-program/

We will celebrate the award winners at our Annual Awards program, held in January 2018. Stay tuned for additional information, or contact Harriet Ross (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jessica Law (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions.

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CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG PLANNERS AND STUDENTS - DUE JUNE 15f

Attention young planners and students!  Have you always wanted to attend the State APA Conference but haven't had the resources to do so? The Conference will be held in Sacramento this year and we would like aspiring planners to experience such a great learning opportunity right in our own backyard. SVS APA is pleased to offer scholarships to cover registration costs for the entire conference. Up to four scholarships each for students and young planners will be awarded (total of eight). Funds for these scholarships are provided by the Scot Mende Memorial Fund. Click here for scholarship requirements. Fill out the short application form by clicking here. The deadline for young planners is June 15 to take advantage of early bird conference rates.  The deadline for students is August 1, 2017.  For more information or questions, please contact Tricia Stevens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2017 CALIFORNIA APA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!g

You are invited to the 2017 APA California Annual Conference. The APA California conference is open to non-members and members. Please click here for more information and to register. 

The 2017 APA California Conference will feature an exciting menu of events, including a Night on the Town catering to every interest and taste, a block party opening reception on R Street, and an array of interesting and thought-provoking sessions, mobile workshops, and speakers.

Reduced registration fees available until June 24, 2017! 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: 
Make your hotel reservations soon to take advantage of the discounted group rates at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel*. 

Register here: http://www.apacalifornia-conference.org/

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TAKE A SURVEY TO HELP THE 2017 APA CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE PUBLICITY/PLANNER'S GUIDE TEAM

The conference host committee is busy behind the scenes planning events and ways to publicize them. The publicity/planner's guide subcommittee will be helping arrange a series of events on Saturday night (September 23) and want your ideas and help. In addition, the committee will be highlighting interesting things about the Sacramento region where people can visit before, during, and after the conference. Help us by taking the following survey and contribute your ideas for articles, places to visit in downtown/midtown Sacramento, ideas for the Saturday Night on the Town, and anything else you feel is important. Thanks in advance for your help!

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APACA-Conf

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REMINDER TO GET YOUR CM CREDITS BEFORE MAY 31ST

AICP members have a five-month grace period to continue earning and logging credits for the 2015-2016 reporting period. AICP members must complete 32 CM credits, including 1.5 CM credits toward ethics and law. If you have earned the required credits but not yet logged them, we encourage you to do so now.

National and State APA have numerous resources for completing your credits. Go to the National APA website and APA California website (under "CM Credit Opportunities") for more information.

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jNOVEMBER 2017 AICP EXAM PREPARATION

The Sacramento Valley Section will be offering AICP exam preparation for the November 2017 exam. An introductory session in late May or early June will offer guidance on the application process, provide an overview of the exam, and give a road map for studying. For more information about preparation sessions and participating in a study group, please contact Blake Roberts, Section Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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kGET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL APA

Are you looking for a chance to explore APA leadership but don't know if you have the time? Check out the Programs Subcommittee. Our first meeting will be in February and we will be planning for 2017 events and programs. If you're interested (or just want to explore and know more), email Elizabeth at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Sacramento Valley Section Board is seeking a Division Director for the Cascade Division. The Cascade Division includes the counties and cities within Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen, and Modoc counties. The primary duties of the Cascade Division Director include: 1) providing input to the Section Board related to the special needs of members of the Cascade Division, and 2) organizing events for members of the Division. This is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to get more involved with APA and have more opportunities to interact with fellow planners in the Sacramento Valley. If you are interested in this appointed Board position, please contact either Tricia Stevens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Acting Section Director, or Chelsey Payne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Section Secretary for additional information.

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APRIL HIGHLIGHTS

There was a great turnout on April 18th at the YPG student mixer in Davis! Current UC Davis students came to network with professional planners and hear about their experiences, projects, and potential job opportunities. Thank you to all who joined!

Over 75 policy-makers, planners, consultants, and others from the Sacramento region attended SACOG's Infill and Redevelopment Workshop on April 13th, held in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) at Portland State University.  New SACOG CEO James Corless kicked off the event and shared some of his vision for the future.  Robert Liberty, USA's Director, showed how the Sacramento Region Blueprint is being implemented, drawing on USA's work in the region.  Example projects in Citrus Heights, Cool, Davis, and Elk Grove were highlighted in a panel discussion.  The day ended with a "hands-on" mini-workshop led by urban strategist Michele Reeves (Civilis Consultants) that covered the basics of redevelopment from building program to pro forma.

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EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

HIGH SPEED RAIL SYMPOSIUM AND INSTITUTE IN BERKELEY FOR MAY 22-25, 2017

UC Berkeley's Tech Transfer Program will host a one-day symposium and four-day institute. The institute opens with the overview symposium on May 22nd, then continues for an additional three days of in-depth exploration of high speed rail technologies.  Drawing on knowledge and extensive experience from international experts and multi-national industry leaders, the curriculum covers tracks, vehicles, signals, operations, maintenance, safety and more. Spaces for the Institute are limited. To register for either the one-day Symposium or four-day Institute, please visit HST California.

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 WEBINAR: QUANTIFYING VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Register Here

Not sure which vehicle miles traveled (VMT) estimation method to use for a project? An upcoming webinar featuring Susan Handy, Professor and Director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis, and Amy Lee, graduate student at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, will discuss VMT estimation methods that are available and use case study projects to evaluate the results, applicability, data needs, and practical considerations of each method. This presentation will be followed by a discussion of the application of VMT quantification tools to current policy in California, led by Chris Ganson of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research.

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LAUNCH YOUR CAREER IN SUSTAINABILITY WHILE MAKING A LASTING IMPACT!p

CivicSpark's 2017-18 Fellow application is now open! CivicSpark, a Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program, builds capacity for local governments to address climate change and water resource management. Each year, 70 CivicSpark Fellows support over 100 cities, schools, and other public agencies throughout California to implement local sustainability projects on topics including sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, climate action planning, adaptation, and water conservation and drought response.


CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to get more information on the Sacramento Valley Section or to volunteer, please Tricia Stevens, AICP, Acting Section Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chelsey Payne, AICP, Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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APRIL 2017 Newsletter

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AYPG ASPIRING PLANNERS MIXER - APRIL 18

Join the YPG at de Vere's in Davis on Tuesday, April 18th from 6:30-8:00PM to meet with aspiring planners from UC Davis! Planners, come meet students aspiring to enter the field and share your insights; don't forget to mention any upcoming internships or job openings too. All sectors and experience levels welcome! Students, this is a great opportunity to meet with planners from the Sacramento area and learn about how planning traverses many sectors and topics.

When:   April 18, 2017                                                                                

Where: de Vere's Irish Pub, 

217 E Street, Davis. Look for the YPG tabletop banner!

Time:    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

RSVP through Eventbrite or Facebook!

For more details and information, email YPG Chair Yassi Sarvian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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2017 CALIFORNIA PLANNING FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - DUE MAY 1

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce its 2017 scholarship program for outstanding planning students enrolled at eligible professional planning degree programs in the state of California. Please pass on to any students you know!  

Scholarships are awarded to students seeking to enter the planning profession based on an application and selection process by the CPF Board. These scholarships are designed for continuing students entering their final year of an eligible undergraduate or graduate degree program. A list of eligible degree programs is provided on the FLYER. Criteria for the scholarships include academic performance, financial need, increasing diversity in the planning profession, and a commitment to serve the planning profession in California after graduation. Students are eligible to receive more than one scholarship. Separate applications to specific scholarships is not required; only a single application is needed.

The deadline to apply for 2017 CPF Scholarships is Monday, May 1, 2017.

Applicants will be reviewed for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Any questions about the CPF scholarship program can be found on the FLYER or directed to Kelly Main, Ph.D. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Hilary Nixon, Ph.D. at

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CSVS NORTH VALLEY DIVISION - "BAO HAPPY HOUR" MIXER - MAY 12

Join the North Valley Division for a fun "Bao Happy Hour" Mixer at Momona Noodle + Bao in downtown Chico on Friday, May 12.  Catch up with old friends and meet new ones while enjoying scrumptious bao appetizers courtesy of APA.  Learn about upcoming APA activities and events in the North Valley Division and greater Sacramento region.  Local planners and APA members, members of affiliated professions, nonprofits, and planning students are welcome!  

Date: Friday, May 12, 2017

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: Momona Noodle + Bao, 230 W. 3rd Street, Chico (Momona Noodle + Bao restaurant is known for its hip décor, delicious take on a variety of Asian cuisines, and offerings of sake, wine, and beer.  No-host bar; bao appetizers courtesy of APA-Sacramento Valley Section).

RSVPs appreciated: Contact APA-North Valley Division Director Claudia Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 5th so we can ensure enough space for all! 

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REGISTER FOR THE 2017 APA CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE - 

COMING APRIL 30

Registration opens for the conference on April 30th, held in Sacramento this year! Centering around the conference theme of "Capitalizing On Our Diversity," the 2017 conference of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association will explore aspects of diversity in different planning contexts, in the setting of our State's vibrant capital city. Please mark your calendars and join us for the 2017 statewide conference to be held on September 23-26, 2017, at the Sacramento Convention Center!

Register here: http://www.apacalifornia-conference.org/ 

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ECONNECT WITH THE 2017 APA CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE

The Sacramento Valley Section conference host committee has been busy behind the scenes getting things ready for planners from all over California to come to Sacramento in September. To keep up with what is going on for the conference, please connect on social media:


 

- Hashtag: #APACA2017

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APACAConf/       

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APACAConf/

- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7036386

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/APACAConf/

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MAY 2017 AICP EXAM PREPARATIONF

The Sacramento Valley Section will be offering AICP exam preparation for the May 2017 exam. Preparation sessions will provide an overview of the exam, which has been newly updated, and give a road map for studying. For more information about preparation sessions and participating in a study group, please contact Blake Roberts, Section Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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LEGISLATIVE REVIEW UPDATEG

The 2017-2018 regular session of the California Legislature appears to be a busy one with 2,739 bills already introduced, including several bills related to planning. The planning-related bills address a wide range of issues from Cap and Trade to cell towers, but housing-related bills were the most abundant. Summaries of the bills considered by California APA to be the "Hot Bills" can be accessed on the California APA website.  The California APA Legislative Review team has been busy reviewing these bills and providing input to bill authors. The Legislative Team's position letters can also be viewed on the APA CA website. Stay tuned for updates on the legislative review process.

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REMINDER TO GET YOUR CM CREDITS BEFORE MAY 31ST

AICP members have a five-month grace period to continue earning and logging credits for the 2015-2016 reporting period. AICP members must complete 32 CM credits, including 1.5 CM credits toward ethics and law. If you have earned the required credits but not yet logged them, we encourage you to do so now. 

National and State APA have numerous resources for completing your credits, including the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City May 6-9, 2017. Go to the National APA website and APA California website (under "CM Credit Opportunities") for more information.

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SAN JOAQUIN COG WANTS YOUR INPUT! - APRIL 20I

Calling on San Joaquin County residents and stakeholders interested in healthy communities and climate investments to get involved at the local level. The San Joaquin Council of Governments is updating its Regional Transportation Plan & Sustainable Communities Strategy! This plan looks at 20+ years of future transportation needs and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in San Joaquin County. Please join SJCOG on April 20 for a public workshop!

https://www.facebook.com/events/143854786138459/

Join the "Notify Me" list for the RTP/SCS to receive regular updates:

http://www.sjcog.org/list.aspx

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2017 CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION PLANNING CONFERENCE - MAY 3-5J

Caltrans, in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the:

2017 California Transportation Planning Conference

Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future

This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with transportation practitioners and decision-makers, exchange ideas and learn about emerging technologies and advancements in transportation planning from national, state, and local experts. The conference will focus on themes around sustainability and how we can partner to meet the challenges facing us now and into the future as required by federal and state legislation and influences by funding constraints.

The 2017 CTPC will bring together representatives from Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, State Agencies, Universities, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Transportation Planning Agencies, Transit Operators and Agencies, Tribal Governments, Cities, Counties, and Private Sector Partners.

For registration, sponsorship opportunities, and to download the mobile app please visit: 

www.dot.ca.gov/transplanning/2017ctpc.html  

For additional information about the conference contact Erin Thompson, Caltrans

Phone: (916) 654-2596  

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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K2017 NATIONAL PLANNING CONFERENCE IN NYC - MAY 6-9

Registration is open for APA's 2017 National Planning Conference in New York. NPC17 will be the premier planning event of the year, with hundreds of options for tours, advanced training, mobile workshops, special events, and opportunities to network with planners from across the country and around the world. 

Reserve your place today!

Register here!

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LSPEAKER SERIES - SAVE THE DATE! - FIRST SESSION ON JUNE 23

This year's Speaker Series is focused on Diverse Perspectives: Working Together to Build Vibrant Communities. The first session will be held on

June 23rd at the West Sacramento Community Center.  The final session will be in November this year, with a celebration of 10 years of Speaker Series with APA's partners! For the first time, we'll be live-streaming the sessions to other locations throughout our region so our members who are farther away can participate in this great educational/networking opportunity. Stay tuned for more information!

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GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL APAM



The Sacramento Valley Section Board is seeking a Division Director for the Cascade Division. The Cascade Division includes the counties and cities within Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen, and Modoc counties. The primary duties of the Cascade Division Director include: 1) providing input to the Section Board related to the special needs of members of the Cascade Division, and 2) organizing events for members of the Division. This is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to get more involved with APA and have more opportunities to interact with fellow planners in the Sacramento Valley. If you are interested in this appointed Board position, please contact either Tricia Stevens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Acting Section Director, or Chelsey Payne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Section Secretary for additional information.

Are you looking for a chance to explore APA leadership but don't know if you have the time? Check out the Programs Subcommittee. Our first meeting will be in February and we will be planning for 2017 events and programs. If you're interested (or just want to explore and know more), email Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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NCOMMUNITY FORUM:  LEADING THE WAY TO CARBON ZERO - MAY 13

Join 350 Sacramento for a Community Forum on "Leading the Way to Carbon Zero".  350 Sacramento is a local non-profit organization that is committed to equitable solutions that accelerate the transition to a sustainable future, with atmospheric carbon levels below 350 ppm.  This event will bring together a broad spectrum of interests and expertise in the Sacramento region and help kickstart the effort to get to carbon zero. Community members, organizations, professionals, and decisionmakers will explore what carbon zero means, realistic pathways to achieve that goal, and first steps in the process to make the Sacramento region carbon zero.  The keynote speaker is Alex Steffen, author of "Carbon Zero:  Imagining Cities That Can Save the Planet."

When:     Saturday, May 13, 2017

              9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location:  McGeorge School of Law

              Lecture Hall, 3200 5th Ave, Sacramento

Cost:       $25 General; $10 Student

Please see flyer for more details and registration. 

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MARCH HIGHLIGHTS

YPG joined architects, landscape architects, engineers, and green building professionals on a lovely spring saunter along R Street. We learned about the history of R Street, toured the successful redevelopment of the Warehouse Artist Lofts, and heard about the highly-anticipated Ice Blocks development. YPG will be co-hosting another Inter-Association event this summer - stay tuned!

The Urban Land Institute - Sacramento, in partnership with the City of Sacramento and the City of West Sacramento, sponsored a program on Riverfront Development on March 24, featuring experts from four cities across the nation. A SVS APA representative joined in the two-day discussion on how successful riverfront development strategies applied in other parts of the country could be relevant in our region. We discussed real strategies and prioritized these actions for implementation in Sacramento. Specific efforts around leadership, investment, design, programming, maintenance, partnerships and management were discussed. A report summarizing the Riverfront Program's recommendations will be taken to both the City of Sacramento and City of West Sacramento decision makers for discussion.

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HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE SVS ONLINE SHOP YET?

The Sac Valley Section has a new webpage through Cafe Press where you can order a large variety of items with the SVS logo including custom men's and women's t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stainless steel water bottles, stickers, reusable shopping bags, hats, laptop sleeves, phone cases, lunch totes, and more. Perfect for coworker gifts, family and friends, or a little something for yourself. 

 

Check it out at: http://www.cafepress.com/svsapa

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CONTACT INFORMATION

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SVS 2016 AWARDS Nominations - Due APRIL 7a

Streamlined SVS APA Awards Application Now Available! Nominate innovative plans and projects; distinguished APA members, agencies, and firms; and planning achievements in the Sacramento Valley Section.

Applicants need only to submit one CD-ROM or Flash drive (or email the entire submittal) of the following items:

  • Completed application;
  • One page summary description;
  • Award criteria;
  • Letter(s) of support (optional, not required);
  • A digital copy of the project or plan or a link to a website; and
  • Five digital images.

Nominations for the APA SVS 2016 Planning Awards are due April 7, 2017. Materials received after this date will not be accepted and will not be returned.

Please visit  http://www.svsapa.org/ for more information, or contact Awards Coordinators, Harriet Ross, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jessica Law at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Submit electronically, or send/drop off all application material to Jessica Law at Delta Stewardship Council, 980 9th Street, Suite 1500, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Descriptions of the following award categories can be found at the APA California Awards Program Policy: https://www.apacalifornia.org/events/awards-program/. All awards submittals must be in compliance with the policy.

  • Opportunity and Empowerment
  • Comprehensive Planning: Large Jurisdiction (pop. 100,000+)
  • Comprehensive Planning: Small Jurisdiction (pop. less than 100,000)
  • Implementation: Large Jurisdiction (pop. 100,000+)
  • Implementation: Small Jurisdiction (pop. less than 100,000)
  • Innovation in Green Community Planning
  • Economic Planning and Development
  • Transportation Planning
  • Best Practices
  • Grassroots Initiative
  • Public Outreach
  • Urban Design
  • Planning Advocate
  • Planning Firm (private sector)
  • Planning Agency (public sector)
  • Emerging Planning and Design Firm
  • Advancing Diversity and Social Change
  • Academic
  • Communications Initiative
  • Hard-Won Victory
  • Planning Landmark
  • Planning Pioneer
  • Distinguished Service
  • Distinguished Contribution
  • Section Activity
  • Planner Emeritus Network (PEN)

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CALL FOR SVS AWARDS JURORS- Due APRIL 7

Have you always wanted to serve as an Awards Juror for the SVS APA Awards Program? Now's your chance; the 5-person jury will be reviewing all award submittals, deliberating the merits of each submittal, and selecting a winner for each category. Award deliberations will be held on May 5, 2017 in Sacramento. Please send your resume to Jessica Law, Awards Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. Nominations for Awards Jurors are due April 7, 2017.

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SACOG INFILL & REDEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP - APRIL 13c

 SACOG is hosting a day-long Workshop on Infill and Redevelopment Strategies.  Learn best practices for improving centers and corridors in rural and urban communities in order to create more walkable, livable, and resilient places, and meet the goals of the Sacramento Regional Blueprint and the Sustainable Communities Strategy. 

The program is organized by SACOG and Portland State University's Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA), which has worked with a number of communities in the region.  Topics include:

  • National and regional trends in infill and redevelopment (and related demographic and real estate trends)
  • Progress and lessons learned by local communities in promoting infill and redevelopment
  • Infill and redevelopment in historic downtowns, on main streets, and along suburban commercial strip corridors
  • "Developer for a Day" - a workshop by Michele Reeves of Civilis Consulting
  • District revitalization: how to attract redevelopment and new infill
  • SACOG's infill and redevelopment initiatives, and plans for the future

Presenters include SACOG's new CEO James Corless, redevelopment consultant Michele Reeves of Civilis Consulting, and several others.  An agenda will be available soon.
 
Join other local government staff, elected officials, developers, business leaders, and non-profit leaders in this educational workshop, made possible by funding awarded to SACOG through the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC).
 
RSVP required, as there are a limited number of spaces for the event. To reserve a space and register (and communicate your lunch preferences) please contact Judy Walton at the Urban Sustainability Accelerator: 503-725-5839 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


When: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) 1415 L St, # 300
Cost:  $15 (for lunch) - payable at event

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SACOG ASKS FOR INNOVATIVE TDM CONCEPTS WITH NEW GRANT PROGRAM - DUE APRIL 17d

On March 16th, the SACOG Board of Directors launched the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Innovations Grant Program. The grant program will support new and measureable activities or programs that reduce single occupant car trips. The pre-application period ends April 17th. Interested agencies and organizations are encouraged to submit a one-page concept prior to submitting a full application. Please select the HERE for application details, timeline, and eligibility criteria.

Link - Call for Applications

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

Keep up to date with the Sac Valley Section's planning related events, programs, news, research, and much more, all at your fingertips, on our new Facebook page.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

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SVS CONGRATULATES NEW AICP MEMBERS!a

The Sacramento Valley Section would like to congratulate and welcome the following members that passed the November 2016 AICP exam. The Section commends these new AICP members on their efforts!

Gregory Behrens, AICP (Davis)

Neil Smolen, AICP (Sacramento)

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bCONNECT WITH THE 2017 APA CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE

The Sacramento Valley Section conference host committee has been busy behind the scenes getting things ready for planners from all over California to come to Sacramento in September. To keep up with what is going on for the conference, please connect on social media:


 

- Hashtag: #APACA2017

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APACAConf/       

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APACAConf/

- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7036386

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/APACAConf/

Save the Date! 2017 California APA Conference September 23-26

Centering around the conference theme of "Capitalizing On Our Diversity," the 2017 conference of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association will explore aspects of diversity in different planning contexts, in the setting of our State's vibrant capital city. Please mark your calendars and join us for the 2017 statewide conference to be held on September 23-26, 2017, at the Sacramento Convention Center! 

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NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR THE GREAT PLACES IN CALIFORNIA AWARD- DUE MARCH 17c

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Great Places in California Awards. A Great Place in California is one that exemplifies character, quality and excellent planning. It can be anywhere from the beach to the mountains, from a large city to a small community. It can be a vibrant downtown, a suburban gathering place, a historic small town, a public park, or preserved open space. Most important, it must be a place where people want to be! Three awards will be selected in 2017. Please see the nomination form for additional information on the Great Place in California recognition.  Nominations that did not receive a Great Place in California previously are eligible to apply again. Nominations are due Friday, March 17, 2016.  Go here to submit:  https://www.memberleap.com/members/form_edit.php?org_id=APAC&fid=2125959

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ULI RIVERFRONT PROGRAM - MARCH 24 

The Urban Land Institute - Sacramento, in partnership with the City of Sacramento and the City of West Sacramento, is sponsoring an exciting program on Riverfront Development, featuring experts from four cities across the nation.  Hear from these experts about real strategies and focused efforts around leadership, investment, design, programming, maintenance, partnerships and management that have created exciting environments and laid the foundation for the private sector to invest millions in supporting development. More information and registration can be found at: http://sacramento.uli.org/events/riverfront-development-program/

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YPG HAPPY HOUR AT COIN-OP - MARCH 29e

Do you have game?? Join YPG this month at the Coin-Op for our bi-monthly happy hour! Join us for a fun night of networking and socializing as we meet for drinks, games and get to know fellow young planners in the Sacramento Region. We will also have a couple members of our Sacramento Valley Section APA Board present, so be sure to stop by and introduce yourself!

Bring your friends and some cash quarters! (There's a vending machine that dispenses quarters but it is cash only). We hope to see you there!

When:  March 29, 2017

Where: The Coin-Op, 908 K St.  Look for the YPG tabletop banner!

Time:  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

RSVP to the EventBrite here and on Facebook! 

For more details and information, email YPG Chair Yassi Sarvian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.

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SPRING SAUNTER ALONG "R" STREET - APRIL 2f

Join the Sacramento Inter-Association of Emerging Professionals for an afternoon spring saunter along historic R Street! We will hear about individual projects such as the Warehouse Artist Lofts and Ice Blocks from developers and architects, as well as the vision for revitalizing this vibrant area of downtown Sacramento. More details to come!

                                           When:   April 2, 2017

Where: TBD!

Time:    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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SVS 2016 AWARDS Nominations - Due APRIL 7

Streamlined SVS APA Awards Application Now Available! Nominate innovative plans and projects; distinguished APA members, agencies, and firms; and planning achievements in the Sacramento Valley Section.

Applicants need only to submit one CD-ROM or Flash drive (or email the entire submittal) of the following items:

  • Completed application;
  • One page summary description;
  • Award criteria;
  • Letter(s) of support (optional, not required);
  • A digital copy of the project or plan or a link to a website; and
  • Five digital images.

Nominations for the APA SVS 2016 Planning Awards are due April 7, 2017. Materials received after this date will not be accepted and will not be returned.

Please visit http://www.svsapa.org/ for more information, or contact Awards Coordinators, Harriet Ross, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jessica Law at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Submit electronically, or send/drop off all application material to Jessica Law at Delta Stewardship Council, 980 9th Street, Suite 1500, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Descriptions of the following award categories can be found at the APA California Awards Program Policy: https://www.apacalifornia.org/events/awards-program/. All awards submittals must be in compliance with the policy.

  • Opportunity and Empowerment
  • Comprehensive Planning: Large Jurisdiction (pop. 100,000+)
  • Comprehensive Planning: Small Jurisdiction (pop. less than 100,000)
  • Implementation: Large Jurisdiction (pop. 100,000+)
  • Implementation: Small Jurisdiction (pop. less than 100,000)
  • Innovation in Green Community Planning
  • Economic Planning and Development
  • Transportation Planning
  • Best Practices
  • Grassroots Initiative
  • Public Outreach
  • Urban Design
  • Planning Advocate
  • Planning Firm (private sector)
  • Planning Agency (public sector)
  • Emerging Planning and Design Firm
  • Advancing Diversity and Social Change
  • Academic
  • Communications Initiative
  • Hard-Won Victory
  • Planning Landmark
  • Planning Pioneer
  • Distinguished Service
  • Distinguished Contribution
  • Section Activity
  • Planner Emeritus Network (PEN)

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CALL FOR SVS AWARDS JURORS- Due APRIL 7h

Have you always wanted to serve as an Awards Juror for the SVS APA Awards Program? Now's your chance; the 5-person jury will be reviewing all award submittals, deliberating the merits of each submittal, and selecting a winner for each category. Award deliberations will be held on May 5, 2017 in Sacramento. Please send your resume to Jessica Law, Awards Coordinator, at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. 

Nominations for Awards Jurors are due April 7, 2017.

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SACOG INFILL & REDEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP - APRIL 13i

SACOG is hosting a day-long Workshop on Infill and Redevelopment Strategies.  Learn best practices for improving centers and corridors in rural and urban communities in order to create more walkable, livable, and resilient places, and meet the goals of the Sacramento Regional Blueprint and the Sustainable Communities Strategy. 

The program is organized by SACOG and Portland State University's Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA), which has worked with a number of communities in the region.  Topics include:

  • National and regional trends in infill and redevelopment (and related demographic and real estate trends)
  • Progress and lessons learned by local communities in promoting infill and redevelopment
  • Infill and redevelopment in historic downtowns, on main streets, and along suburban commercial strip corridors
  • "Developer for a Day" - a workshop by Michele Reeves of Civilis Consulting
  • District revitalization: how to attract redevelopment and new infill
  • SACOG's infill and redevelopment initiatives, and plans for the future

Presenters include SACOG's new CEO James Corless, redevelopment consultant Michele Reeves of Civilis Consulting, and several others.  An agenda will be available soon.
 
Join other local government staff, elected officials, developers, business leaders, and non-profit leaders in this educational workshop, made possible by funding awarded to SACOG through the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC).
 
RSVP required, as there are a limited number of spaces for the event. To reserve a space and register (and communicate your lunch preferences) please contact Judy Walton at the Urban Sustainability Accelerator: 503-725-5839 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) 1415 L St, # 300
Cost:  $15 (for lunch) - payable at event

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jMAY 2017 AICP EXAM PREPARATION

The Sacramento Valley Section will be offering AICP exam preparation for the May 2017 exam. Preparation sessions will provide an overview of the exam, which has been newly updated, and give a road map for studying. For more information about preparation sessions and participating in a study group, please contact Blake Roberts, Section Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2017 NATIONAL PLANNING CONFERENCE IN NYC - MAY 6-9k

Registration is open for APA's 2017 National Planning Conference in New York. NPC17 will be the premier planning event of the year, with hundreds of options for tours, advanced training, mobile workshops, special events, and opportunities to network with planners from across the country and around the world. 

Reserve your place today!

Register here!

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REMINDER TO GET YOUR CM CREDITS BEFORE MAY 31STl

AICP members have a five-month grace period to continue earning and logging credits for the 2015-2016 reporting period. AICP members must complete 32 CM credits, including 1.5 CM credits toward ethics and law. If you have earned the required credits but not yet logged them, we encourage you to do so now.

National and State APA have numerous resources for completing your credits, including the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City May 6-9, 2017. Go to the National APA website and APA California website (under "CM Credit Opportunities") for more information.

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GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL APAM



The Sacramento Valley Section Board is seeking a Division Director for the Cascade Division. The Cascade Division includes the counties and cities within Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen, and Modoc counties. The primary duties of the Cascade Division Director include: 1) providing input to the Section Board related to the special needs of members of the Cascade Division, and 2) organizing events for members of the Division. This is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to get more involved with APA and have more opportunities to interact with fellow planners in the Sacramento Valley. If you are interested in this appointed Board position, please contact either Tricia Stevens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Acting Section Director, or Chelsey Payne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Section Secretary for additional information.

Are you looking for a chance to explore APA leadership but don't know if you have the time? Check out the Programs Subcommittee. Our first meeting will be in February and we will be planning for 2017 events and programs. If you're interested (or just want to explore and know more), email Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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APA CALIFORNIA LAUNCHES COMMUNITY PLANNING ASSISTANCE TEAM (CPAT) PROGRAMn

APA California has launched a program to provide volunteer professional planning assistance to financially constrained municipalities and community groups throughout California and Baja California. More information on the CPAT program and how to apply is available here.

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PLANNING ADVISORY SERVICE PUBLICATIONS NOW FREE ONLINE FOR APA MEMBERSo

Starting January 1st, National APA has given members open access to all online Planning Advisory Service (PAS) publications. This includes complete access to current and archived publications that historically have been available only by subscribing to PAS. Only PAS subscribers will receive PAS Reports in print.

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SVS APA JOINS THE CAPITAL REGION CLIMATE READINESS COLLABORATIVE

SVS APA is pleased to become a Channel Partner of this Collaborative (CRC)!  The CRC is a membership-based network working together for greater coordination on building climate resiliency across sectors and jurisdictions in the Capital Region. The region includes the six-county Capital Region (Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter, El Dorado, and Placer) and consists of organizations, governments, and businesses that are interested in collaborating to work toward our shared goals for the region.  

The CRC is uniquely situated to engage with initiatives that come through the State Capitol and to assist with their dissemination and implementation to further regional resilience.  CRC also engages in the Alliance of Regional Collaborates for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), a network of regional collaborates coordinating statewide climate adaptation efforts.  SVS APA will provide our members with information and participation opportunities as we move forward.

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UC BERKELEY OFFERS TRANSPORTATION PLANNING TRAINING SERIES

The Technology Transfer Program (Tech Transfer), a division of the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies, is offering a Transportation Planning training series that features the hottest topics in professional practice today, including innovative bikeways, parking management, TODs, BRT planning, commercial site development, VMT analysis, and multimodal operations. AICP CM credits are available. Featured courses are subsidized for California local agency employees under the Caltrans Cooperative Training Assistance Program.

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UC DAVIS EXTENSION OFFERS LAND USE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COURSES - SPRING

UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses and programs that focus on two of our most precious resources - the environment and the people who live and work in it. Our Land Use and Natural Resources program is the largest of its kind in the western United States, meeting the continuing education needs of planners, attorneys, resource managers, government officials, developers and others involved in the planning process and the management of environmental resources. Learn more.

To enroll or for more information and a full list of what we offer, visit UC Davis Extension at www.extension.ucdavis.edu/land or call (800) 752-0881.

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sUC SAN DIEGO NEW ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN CEQA PRACTICE

The CEQA Practice certificate offers environment and land use professionals a unique opportunity to gain the knowledge and practical skills vital to professional practice.  The curriculum is designed to develop industry-relevant skills for today's marketplace and is appropriate for entry-level and more seasoned practitioners.

For more information: see FLYER

Fiona O'Donnell-Lawson- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (858) 534-8139

extension.UCD.edu/CEQA

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FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Last month YPG hosted a non-traditional Planner's Pint Night featuring Dan Henderson of Esri, who demonstrated exciting new technologies available to planners. We had a lively discussion about emerging trends in technology and different ways to convey information to the public. Hope some of you were able to catch us on Facebook Live and Instagram Live, and thanks to all that attended in person. Be sure to look for our next Planner's Pint Night in April - hope to see you there!

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HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE SVS ONLINE SHOP YET?

The Sac Valley Section has a new webpage through Cafe Press where you can order a large variety of items with the SVS logo including custom men's and women's t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stainless steel water bottles, stickers, reusable shopping bags, hats, laptop sleeves, phone cases, lunch totes, and more. Perfect for coworker gifts, family and friends, or a little something for yourself. 

 

Check it out at: http://www.cafepress.com/svsapa

vLIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

Keep up to date with the Sac Valley Section's planning related events, programs, news, research, and much more, all at your fingertips, on our new Facebook page.

Like us HERE!

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to get more information on the Sacramento Valley Section or to volunteer, please Tricia Stevens, AICP, Acting Section Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chelsey Payne, AICP, Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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PLANNER'S PINT NIGHT: EMERGING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS IN PLANNING - FEB 15a

Join YPG for an engaging Planner's Pint Night where we will discuss how technology can inform and assist planners. Dan Henderson, GISP, PMP, with Esri will demonstrate new tools to display information products, engage your community, and perform analyses in a 3D environment. Dan is a Regional Sales Manager for Esri. He has worked in and around the planning profession for much of his career in local agencies, universities, and private sector consulting. He enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and surfing in his spare time.

We look forward to a lively discussion of challenges and successes with using technology in the planning profession. YPG will provide appetizers and drinks. All are welcome! Please bring your smartphone to follow along.

RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/planners-pint-night-emerging-technology-trends-in-planning-feb-15-tickets-31439286753

Topic: Emerging Technology Trends in Planning
Date: Wednesday, February 15th 
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location:
AECOM (2020 L Street)                      
**1.0 CM Credit Approved**

5:30 pm: Check in, grab a pint and some snacks
6:00 pm: Presentation and discussion led by Dan Henderson
7:00 pm: Wrap up
For more details and information, email YPG Chair Yassi Sarvian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions.

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NEW AICP MEMBER WEBINAR ON FEBRUARY 17TH

Please join National APA on Friday, February 17th from 10-10:30 am to learn about the AICP Code of Ethics and CM requirements to maintain your AICP designation. Register for the webinar here.

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AICP EXAM SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLY NOW! DUE FEB 24

APA California Chapter and Sacramento Valley Section will each award AICP Exam Reduced Fee Scholarships to offset applicants' costs

▪     The California Chapter application is available online. The California Chapter application is due by 5 pm on Friday, February 24, 2017.

▪     The SVS application is available on the SVS website, and is due by 5 pm on Friday, March 10, 2017. 

If you have questions, please contact Blake Roberts, Ph.D., AICP, Section Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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VOLUNTEER WITH YPG - MARCH 11d

Help the Sacramento Tree Foundation celebrate California Arbor Week with a special tree planting at the Sacramento Horseman's Association. We will be helping plant 75 new native trees along paddocks, open space areas, and near Arcade Creek. This project will help provide shade to people and horses while bolstering the health and continuity of the historic oak woodland that persists on the property. New native trees will also support habitat quality and connectivity along Arcade Creek.



Date:    Saturday, March 11, 2017

Time:   9am-12pm

Location: Sacramento Horseman's Association (3200 Longview Drive)

RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-with-ypg-tickets-31962604009

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NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR THE GREAT PLACES IN CALIFORNIA AWARD- DUE MARCH 17e

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Great Places in California Awards. A Great Place in California is one that exemplifies character, quality and excellent planning. It can be anywhere from the beach to the mountains, from a large city to a small community. It can be a vibrant downtown, a suburban gathering place, a historic small town, a public park, or preserved open space. Most important, it must be a place where people want to be! Three awards will be selected in 2017. Please see the nomination form for additional information on the Great Place in California recognition.  Nominations that did not receive a Great Place in California previously are eligible to apply again. Nominations are due Friday, March 17, 2016.  

Go here to submit: https://www.memberleap.com/members/form_edit.php?org_id=APAC&fid=2125959

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APA SVS 2017 AWARDS NOMINATIONS - GET READY!f

Nominations for the APA SVS 2017 Planning Awards are due April 7, 2017. Streamlined application materials will be sent out in early March.  Be thinking about your great programs and projects so you can submit an Awards nomination.  We look forward to hearing about all the great things going on in the Sacramento Valley Region!

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MAY 2017 AICP EXAM PREPARATIONg

The Sacramento Valley Section will be offering AICP exam preparation for the May 2017 exam. Preparation sessions will provide an overview of the exam, which has been newly updated, and give a road map for studying. For more information about preparation sessions and participating in a study group, please contact Blake Roberts, Ph.D., AICP, Section Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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REMINDER TO GET YOUR CM CREDITS BEFORE MAY 31STh

AICP members have a five-month grace period to continue earning and logging credits for the 2015-2016 reporting period. AICP members must complete 32 CM credits, including 1.5 CM credits toward ethics and law. If you have earned the required credits but not yet logged them, we encourage you to do so now.

National and State APA have numerous resources for completing your credits, including the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City May 6-9, 2017. Go to the National APA website and APA California website (under "CM Credit Opportunities") for more information.

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CONNECT WITH THE APA CALIFORNIA CONFERENCEi

The Sacramento Valley Section conference host committee has been busy behind the scenes getting things ready for planners from all over California to come to Sacramento in September. To keep up with what is going on for the conference, please connect on social media:

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GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL APA j

Are you looking for a chance to explore APA leadership but don't know if you have the time? Check out the Programs Subcommittee. Our first meeting will be in February and we'll be planning for 2017 events and programs. If you're interested (or just want to explore and know more), email Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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APA CALIFORNIA LAUNCHES COMMUNITY PLANNING ASSISTANCE TEAM (CPAT) PROGRAM k

APA California has launched a program to provide volunteer professional planning assistance to financially constrained municipalities and community groups throughout California and Baja California. More information on the CPAT program and how to apply is available here.

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PLANNING ADVISORY SERVICE PUBLICATIONS NOW FREE ONLINE FOR APA MEMBERSl

Starting January 1st, National APA has given members open access to all online Planning Advisory Service (PAS) publications. This includes complete access to current and archived publications that historically have been available only by subscribing to PAS. Only PAS subscribers will receive PAS Reports in print.

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SVS APA JOINS THE CAPITAL REGION CLIMATE READINESS COLLABORATIVE m

SVS APA is pleased to become a Channel Partner of this Collaborative (CRC)!  The CRC is a membership-based network working together for greater coordination on building climate resiliency across sectors and jurisdictions in the Capital Region. The region includes the six-county Capital Region (Sacramento, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter, El Dorado, and Placer) and consists of organizations, governments, and businesses that are interested in collaborating to work toward our shared goals for the region.  

The CRC is uniquely situated to engage with initiatives that come through the State Capitol and to assist with their dissemination and implementation to further regional resilience.  CRC also engages in the Alliance of Regional Collaborates for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), a network of regional collaborates coordinating statewide climate adaptation efforts.  SVS APA will provide our members with information and participation opportunities as we move forward.

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HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (HCD) STATEWIDE HOUSING ASSESSMENTn

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released the public draft of the "California's Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities" the 2025 Statewide Housing Assessment.  The document will be live on the Statewide Housing Assessment website.  HCD greatly values your input and welcomes your feedback on the Draft; please send comments or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  HCD is also planning to hold the following public workshops:

Oakland

Elihu M. Harris State Office Building, 1515 Clay Street Room 2 Oakland, CA 94612

When: February 17th

Time: 1:00pm-4:30pm

Redding

Redding Public Library, Community Room, 1100 Parkview Ave. Redding, CA 96001

When: February 24th

Time: 1:00pm-4:30pm

For additional details on the public process, and to RSVP for the public workshops, please visit HCD's Statewide Housing Assessment website. A final version that incorporates stakeholder input and feedback is expected to be released Summer 2017. 

APA encourages you to review the document and engage with the feedback process by visiting the Draft SHA 2025 web page, providing comments via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tweeting your favorite sections with the hashtag #SHA2025, and attending one of the six public workshops over the next few months.  Your critical feedback will help shape the Final version.

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UC DAVIS EXTENSION OFFERS LAND USE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COURSES - SPRING

UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses and programs that focus on two of our most precious resources - the environment and the people who live and work in it. Our Land Use and Natural Resources program is the largest of its kind in the western United States, meeting the continuing education needs of planners, attorneys, resource managers, government officials, developers and others involved in the planning process and the management of environmental resources. Learn more.

To enroll or for more information and a full list of what we offer, visit UC Davis Extension at www.extension.ucdavis.edu/land or call (800) 752-0881.

UC Davis Extension, the continuing and professional education division of UC Davis, has been an internationally recognized leader in educational outreach for individuals, organizations and communities for more than 50 years. With 58,000 annual enrollments in classroom and online university-level courses, UC Davis Extension serves lifelong learners in the growing Sacramento region, all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

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UC SAN DIEGO NEW ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN CEQA PRACTICEp

The CEQA Practice certificate offers environment and land use professionals a unique opportunity to gain the knowledge and practical skills vital to professional practice.  The curriculum is designed to develop industry-relevant skills for today's marketplace and is appropriate for entry-level and more seasoned practitioners.

For more information: see FLYER

Fiona O'Donnell-Lawson- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (858) 534-8139

extension.UCD.edu/CEQA

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JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Last month SVS hosted a two-day Leadership Seminar.  Planners of all experience levels and from all across the section received training on leadership and management, strategic thinking, and conflict management and negotiation.  A big thank you to presenters Marc Roberts, Janet Ruggeiro, Curtis Alling, David Booher, Anders Hauge, and Leighann Moffitt for helping to make this event such a success.

The first YPG Happy Hour of 2017 was a great success! We caught up with old friends and met new ones at Bottle & Barlow. The event drew over 30 people and YPG is planning another Happy Hour for March. Check back soon for updates and we hope to see you at the next one!

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HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE SVS ONLINE SHOP YET?

The Sac Valley Section has a new webpage through Cafe Press where you can order a large variety of items with the SVS logo including custom men's and women's t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stainless steel water bottles, stickers, reusable shopping bags, hats, laptop sleeves, phone cases, lunch totes, and more. Perfect for coworker gifts, family and friends, or a little something for yourself. 

 

Check it out at: http://www.cafepress.com/svsapa

sLIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

Keep up to date with the Sac Valley Section's planning related events, programs, news, research, and much more, all at your fingertips, on our new Facebook page.

Like us HERE!

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to get more information on the Sacramento Valley Section or to volunteer, please Tricia Stevens, AICP, Acting Section Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chelsey Payne, AICP, Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit our website at http://www.svsapa.org/

 

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January 23, 2017
 

JANUARY 2017 Newsletter

 

SVS APA HOSTS LEADERSHIP SEMINAR - JAN 27 & 28a

Advance your career to new heights!  SVS APA is sponsoring a Leadership Seminar for planning professionals, offing sessions on Leadership and Management, Strategic Thinking, Community Engagement, Conflict Management and Negotiation.  THIS SESSION IS NOW OPEN TO NON-APA MEMBERS. These sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday morning, January 27 and 28, 2017, from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.  See attached NEW FLYER for more details!  

SIGN UP NOW!  Attendance is limited to 35 people so don't wait long! 

Please contact Tricia Stevens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information AND VIEW EVENT FLYER.

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APA CALIFORNIA 2017 CONFERENCE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS ONLINE SUBMITTALS DUE JAN 31



ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN NOW!

Submissions Close:  January 31, 2017, 11:59 pm

Emailed, faxed, mailed, incomplete or late submittals will not be accepted. 

Click here for information regarding tracks, proposal content, session format, presenter information and more. To start your submittal, click on the link above.

Questions on Submitting a Proposal? Contact Julia Lave Johnston and Jeff Henderson, Programs Committee Co-chairs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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CONNECT WITH THE APA CALIFORNIA CONFRENCE

The Sacramento Valley Section conference host committee has been busy behind the scenes getting things ready for planners from all over California to come to Sacramento in September. To keep up with what is going on for the conference, please connect on social media: 

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YPG HAPPY HOUR - JAN 31

 

WELCOME 2017! Don't miss the first YPG Happy Hour of 2017! Join us as we meet for drinks and get to know more young planners in the Sacramento Region.

Tell your friends; the more the merrier!  We hope to see you there!  All are Welcome.

When:         January 31, 2017

Where:  Bottle and Barlow, 1120 R Street.  (Look for the YPG tabletop banner!)

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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MAY 2017 AICP EXAM PREPARATION

The Sacramento Valley Section will be offering an introductory AICP exam preparation session for the May 2017 exam. The session will cover the AICP exam application process, provide an overview of the exam, and give a road map for studying. For more information about the preparation session and participating in a study group, please contact Blake Roberts, Ph.D., AICP, Section Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2017 GREENPRINT SUMMIT - JAN 26

2017 Greenprint Summit: Restoring Nature to our Neighborhoodswill be held at the Guild Theater in Oak Park on Thursday, January 26. Leaders from throughout our region will inspire attendees to take action to ensure every neighborhood has nature at their front door. MayorDarrell Steinberg; Sacramento Bee Publisher, Cheryl Dell; esteemed urban forest researcher Dr. Greg McPherson; Chief Prevention Officer for California's Health Care Services, Dr. Desiree Backman; and local community development expert, Katie Valenzuela Garcia are just a few of the presenters who will entertain, engage, and educate about the value and importance of our urban forest.

Register at http://www.sactree.com/summit (a limited amount ofscholarships are available.)

Where: The Guild Theater, Oak Park

When:  January 26, 2017

Time: 9:00a - 3:30p

AICP and ISA continuing credits offered. 

Hosted by Sacramento Tree Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information: see FLYER

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GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL APA AND BOARD UPDATES

Are you looking for a chance to explore APA leadership but don't know if you have the time? Check out the Programs Subcommittee. Our first meeting will be in February and we'll be planning for 2017 events and programs. If you're interested (or just want to explore and know more), email Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The SVS APA Board of Directors held a Retreat on January 15, 2017 to discuss goals and programs for the coming year!  We would like to recognize new and renewing Board members:

  • Tricia Stevens, AICP - appointed as Acting Section Director
  • Chelsey Payne, AICP - appointed as Secretary
  • Russ Liebeg - appointed as Planning Commissioner Representative
  • Yassi Sarvien - appointed as YPG Chair
  • Heidi Gen Kuong, AICP - appointed as Sac Valley Division Director
  • Dan Amsden, AICP  - re-elected as Membership Director and appointed as Sponsorship Chair
  • Derek Wong, AICP - re-elected as Treasurer
  • Blake Roberts, AICP - re-elected as Professional Development Officer

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HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (HCD) STATEWIDE HOUSING ASSESMENT

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released the public draft of the "California's Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities" the 2025 Statewide Housing Assessment.  The document will be live on the Statewide Housing Assessment website.  HCD greatly values your input and welcomes your feedback on the Draft; please send comments or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  HCD is also planning to hold the following public workshops:

San Diego: January 23rd, 2017

Fresno: January 30th, 2017

Sacramento, Bay Area, Redding, Los Angeles: TBD

For additional details on the public process, and to RSVP for the public workshops, please visit HCD's Statewide Housing Assessment website. A final version that incorporates stakeholder input and feedback is expected to be released Summer 2017.

APA encourages you to review the document and engage with the feedback process by visiting the Draft SHA 2025 web page, providing comments via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tweeting your favorite sections with the hashtag #SHA2025, and attending one of the six public workshops over the next few months.  Your critical feedback will help shape the Final version.

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UC DAVIS EXTENSION OFFERS WINTER COURSE IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION

This winter, turn conflict into consensus with UC Davis Extension's Conflict Resolution Program. Practice facilitation skills and mediation techniques required for successful individual, group and team meetings in Fundamental Conflict Resolution Skills. Learn strategies to minimize and address conflict in difficult conversations and with difficult people. Explore tools to assess and engage diverse community interests and participants in a meaningful and productive way.

  • Feb. 8-10: Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St.
  • $795. Enroll in section 163LUP803.

For more information or to enroll, call (800) 752-0881, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit our website.

www.extension.ucdavis.edu/collaboration

UC Davis Extension, the continuing and professional education division of UC Davis, has been an internationally recognized leader in educational outreach for individuals, organizations and communities for more than 50 years. With 58,000 annual enrollments in classroom and online university-level courses, UC Davis Extension serves lifelong learners in the growing Sacramento region, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. 

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UC SAN DIEGO NEW ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN CEQA PRACTICE

The CEQA Practice certificate offers environment and land use professionals a unique opportunity to gain the knowledge and practical skills vital to professional practice.  The curriculum is designed to develop industry-relevant skills for today's marketplace and is appropriate for entry-level and more seasoned practitioners.

For more information: see FLYER

Fiona O'Donnell-Lawson- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (858) 534-8139

extension.UCSD.edu/CEQA

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DECEMBER/JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

A.    There was a great turnout at the annual APA/AEP Holiday Party on December 7th, where members and non-members raised a glass in celebration of the holiday season and a successful year of programs, professional development, and networking events! Thanks to all who came out to support and to those who brought donations for the River City Food Bank! 

 B.   SVS APA was pleased to honor our 2016 Award recipients at our Awards Ceremony on January 18.  The following awardees were recognized: 


 


 

2016 PLANNING AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

  • Innovation in Green Planning: Oroville Area Urban Greening Plan; Butte County, City of Oroville, Feather River Recreation and Park District, PlaceWorks
  • Urban Design: The Open Window Project; Ten Space Development, Mithun-Solomon, City of Stockton
  • Comprehensive Planning, Large Jurisdiction: Sacramento County Development Code; Sacramento County, AECOM
  • Best Practices: Sacramento County Active Design Guidelines and Icon; Sacramento County, Design 4 Active Sacramento, Eschelon Transportation, WALK Sacramento, SACOG, Sutter East Bay Neuroscience Center

2016 PLANNING AWARDS OF MERIT

  • Innovation in Green Planning: California State Wildlife Action Plan, 2015 Update; California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ascent Environmental, Blue Earth Consultants, Foundations of Success
  • Economic Planning and Development: Hewlett-Packard - Campus Oaks Master Plan; City of Roseville, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, BBC Roseville Oaks, Environmental Science Associates, Morton & Pitalo
  • Transportation: Downtown Redding Pavement Preservation and Bike Lane Project; California Department of Transportation, City of Redding

2016 LOCAL VISION AWARD WINNERS

  • Replacing the Past: Sacramento's Redevelopment History: Chris Lango, Filmmaker; Center for Sacramento History, KVIE-TV and Steve Davis Productions
  • Multi-Modal Improvements - Community of Canby, Modoc County; Modoc County, California Department of Transportation
  • The Barn, City of West Sacramento
  • The Art Hotel: M5 Arts

2016 LEGACY AWARD-BRUCE BARACCO, AICP


 

ADDITIONAL HONOREES

  • Tricia Stevens, AICP andRobert Sherry, AICPwere inducted in 2016 into the Planner's Emeritus Network (PEN).
  • Town of Truckee, was honored with a "Great Places in California" award in 2016 from APA California.
  • Roberto Hernandez, UC Davis, and Nicole Limesand, UC Davis, are recipients of the 2016 California Planning Foundation Scholarship. 

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HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE SVS ONLINE SHOP YET?

The Sac Valley Section has a new webpage through Cafe Press where you can order a large variety of items with the SVS logo including custom men's and women's t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stainless steel water bottles, stickers, reusable shopping bags, hats, laptop sleeves, phone cases, lunch totes, and more. Perfect for coworker gifts, family and friends, or a little something for yourself.

 


Check it out at: http://www.cafepress.com/svsapa

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LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

Keep up to date with the Sac Valley Section's planning related events, programs, news, research, and much more, all at your fingertips, on our new Facebook page.

Like us HERE!

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to get more information on the Sacramento Valley Section or to volunteer, please Tricia Stevens, AICP, Acting Section Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chelsey Payne, AICP, Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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October 2016

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October 10, 2016

 

OCTOBER 2016 Newsletter

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OCTOBER IS PLANNING MONTH EVENTS

Celebrate APA National Community Planning Month with the Sacramento Valley Section!

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FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTEST

Sac Valley Section's social media photo campaign is well underway on Facebook. Tell us what makes planning great by sharing a local planning success story or why you love being a planner with imagery!

Join the discussion by liking our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sacvalley.apaca/ and posting your photos to your own Facebook page with a caption. Be sure and use the hashtag #planningmonthEach week we'll see whose post received the most "likes" and the winner will receive Sac Valley APA swag.



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RSVP TODAY FOR PIZZA, POPCORN, AND A PLANNING MOVIE NIGHT - 

OCT 12

Join us in the AECOM parking lot for a short film and discussion in celebration of National Community Planning Month. We will be watching "Replacing the Past - Sacramento's Redevelopment History" a 30-minute film which examines the massive and controversial urban renewal efforts to remake downtown Sacramento during the 1950s and 60s. These redevelopment projects, including the creation of Capitol Mall, Old Sacramento, Interstate 5, Macy's and the K Street Mall significantly changed the urban core of Sacramento, shuttering hundreds of businesses and displacing thousands of residents, especially the city's ethnic populations.

We will hear from the filmmaker, Chris Lango and discuss what we can learn from our planning history as Sacramento goes through a new period of redevelopment and change.

Date: October 12, 2016
Time: 6pm to 8pm (film will start after sunset)
Location: 2020 L Street, AECOM, Parking Lot

Pizza, popcorn, and beverages will be provided.

Bring your own folding lawn chair; however, there will be some chairs available for those who don't have one.

Please RSVP to Elizabeth Boyd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 10th so we know how much pizza to order.

The event is free but donations will support the Center for Sacramento History.

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YPG UC Davis Ice Cream Social - Oct 18

Save the Date for ice cream, networking, and a raffle with YPG! Come speak with future planners from various planning-related majors at UC Davis!  Share your experiences as a young (or experienced) professional and the transition from school to the workplaces.  This is also the perfect time to advertise any upcoming internships your company may have.

Date: October 18, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: UC Davis Campus (TBD)

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FINAL APA SVS SPEAKER SERIES SESSION: Building Healthy Communities: Success Stories - OCT 21

The October 21 session will close the 2016 Speaker Series on Planning for Healthy and Equitable Communities by showcasing examples of projects and plans in which community health was a central focus and integrated throughout in a holistic manner, taking into account the tools, metrics, and outcomes-based approaches to community health presented earlier in the 2016 Series sessions. The case studies will cover community, neighborhood, and project scale examples, including individual buildings and their surroundings, healthy neighborhood design, healthy urban corridors, and healthy urban ecosystems. Participants will learn how they can employ the techniques and approaches presented in these case studies in their professions, communities, and projects/plans.

This success stories session will be moderated byJeff Goldman, Urban Land Institute, Sacramento District Council and presenters include:

  • Ed McMahon, Charles E. Fraser Chair for Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy, Urban Land Institute
  • Rachel Iskow, Mutual Housing California
  • Daniel Woo, LEED AP ND, California Department of Public Health
  • Desiree Backman, DrPH, MS, RD, California Department of Health Care Services and UC Davis Health System Institute for Population Health Improvement

Register HERE!

Date: October 21, 2016
Time: Coffee & networking from 8:00-8:30 a.m. Session is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

Free, Unrestricted Parking at 1271 West Capitol Avenue (behind Walgreens)

2.0 AICP CM Credits approved

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AIACV EXPERIENCE ARCHITECTURE WEEK - OCT 20-23

Join our sister organization, American Institute of Architects Central Valley, for a series of events to celebrate architecture. One event planners may enjoy is the Architectural History & Urban Design Walk.

When: October 23, 2016 from noon-2 p.m.
Where: Walk starts at AIACV, 1400 S St., Sacramento
Tickets: $10, free for students with valid ID

For more information on the Experience Architecture Week events check out the CALENDAR OF EVENTS and their website HERE.

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APA CALIFORNIA 2016 STATE CONFERENCE - OCT 22-25

See you at the 2016 APA California State Conference hosted by the Los Angeles Section at the Pasadena Convention Center from October 22nd through 25th! Registration is still open! Visit the conference website (http://www.apacalifornia-conference.org/) today.  See you there!

Check out the Conference-at-a-Glance Highlights HERE .

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DONATE TODAY: CPF SEEKS AUCTION ITEMS FOR STATE CONFERENCE FUNDRAISER - DUE OCT 19

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is a nonprofit, charitable corporation whose goal is to further the professional practice of planning in California. We need your help to ensure that young people drawn to the planning profession are able to fund their education.

Last year, CPF awarded some 34 scholarships totaling more than $50,000 to planning students throughout California. Our primary fundraising activity is the annual Scholarship Auction held at the APA California Conference. This year the auction will be held on Sunday, October 23, in Pasadena in honor of planners Virginia Viado and Ted Holzem, each of whom passed away earlier this year.

We hope you will donate items such as the following for our live and silent auctions:

  • gift cards or gift baskets
  • restaurant gift certificates
  • weekend stays at your cabin or beach house
  • day of consulting services * tickets to sporting events
  • family heirloom you are ready to part with
  • planning books
  • art work
  • movie tickets
  • bottles of wine

Every APA member is also a member of CPF, so please help! 

To donate an item, please fill out the DONATION FORM and send auction/raffle item descriptions and electronic images of items must be submitted and delivery of all items must be made to Wendy Nowak AICP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call her at (714) 966-9220 by 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 19th (or 10:00 am on Sunday, October 23rd, if delivery is made at the Conference Site). 

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CPF/APA CA FUNDRAISER - TED HOLZEM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AND VIRGINIA VIADO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) and the California APA are seeking donations to fund an endowed scholarship for Ted Holzem and an endowed scholarship for Virginia Viado in recognition of each of their contributions to CPF and APA California. To donate, please click on the link below to access the CPF website: https://californiaplanningfoundation.wordpress.com/donations/

Thank you for giving generously to these scholarships and please share this FLYER with your colleagues.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2016 LOCAL VISION AWARDS - DUE OCT 31

SVS APA is now accepting nominations for the Local Vision Awards. Local Vision Awards are given to planning activities, processes, projects, approaches, and people that have made outstanding contributions to creating better communities throughout the Sacramento Valley Section. We believe that planning a great community requires new and creative approaches that go beyond our traditional ideas of planning. Award winners will have challenged the members of their communities to think differently about the planning decisions we make.

Criteria:

  • Activities or planning processes that create community through civic spaces, activities, or dialogues.
  • Activities or projects that improve the fabric of the community through design.
  • Activities or projects that implement the planning principle of sustainability, addressing the components of equity, environment, and economy.
  • Furthering innovation in the planning profession through creative and new approaches to planning.
  • Engaging community members in the planning process in meaningful ways.
  • A person who has proven a strong advocate for better community planning and engagement.

The deadline to nominate is October 31, 2016. Please provide a short description, based on the criteria above, of why your nomination(s) is deserving of a Local Vision Award, and email to Harriet Lai Ross, Award Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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SEPTEMBER 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

The Sierra Division had a terrific turnout of nearly 20 planners at the Public-Private Partnership, Implementing Community Planning Goals program on September 16th in South Lake Tahoe. The event included presentations and walking tours of the Tahoe Mountain Lab Co-working Space by Cristi Creegan , the Harrison Avenue Project presented by Coleen Shade - Shade Resources, Steve Noll - Design Workshop, and the Lakeview Commons Project presented by City of South Lake Tahoe staff with support from California Tahoe Conservancy staff . Special thanks to the sponsors of this event Shade Resources and Design Workshop.

The September 30th the SVS Speaker Series session on "Public Interest Design for Disadvantaged Communities: How Engagement & Design Lead to Healthy Places" focused on how to engage disadvantaged communities in the design process for facilities and places that will serve their needs. Thank you to the panelists: Sergio Palleroni, Center for Public Interest Design, Portland State University; Rachel Rios, La Familia Counseling Center; Kris Barkley, Dreyfuss and Blackford Architects; and John Ellis, Cosumnes River College.

YPG hosted a Planners Pint Night at the Federalist on September 21st that had a great turnout and Helen Selph from the City of Sacramento talked about the City's urban agriculture ordinances in honor of Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork Festival. She spoke about two main ordinances, 1) the Urban Agriculture Ordinance and 2) Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance, providing a history of urban agriculture in Sacramento and what steps the City has taken to accommodate and incentivize agriculture within City boundaries. The group of 20+ young planners were very excited to hear from her and were engaged with many questions about the ordinances!

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HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT THE SVS ONLINE SHOP YET?

The Sac Valley Section has a new webpage through Cafe Press where you can order a large variety of items with the SVS logo including custom men's and women 's t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stainless steel water bottles, stickers, reusable shopping bags, hats, laptop sleeves, phone cases, lunch totes, and more. Perfect for coworker gifts, family and friends, or a little something for yourself.

 

Check it out at: http://www.cafepress.com/svsapa

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LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

Keep up to date with the Sac Valley Section's planning related events, programs, news, research, and much more, all at your fingertips, on our new Facebook page.

Like us HERE !

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to get more information on the Sacramento Valley Section or to volunteer, please contact Tracey Ferguson, Section Director, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Jeff Henderson, AICP, Secretary, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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September 14, 2016
 

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PLAN MENTORING PROGRAM APPLICATIONS - DUE TODAY!

The SVS PLAN (Planning + Leadership + Advancement + Networking) Sac Valley Mentoring program is looking for both mentors and mentees and invite you to apply TODAY!

Be a Mentor - established professionals in a planning or related discipline with more than 10 years of career experience. Receive Mentoring - emerging planners with less than 5 years of career experience.

Applications are due Wednesday, September 14, 2016

To apply and for more information about PLAN go to: http://www.svsapa.org/ypg/plan.html

Make no small plans; plan big and become a part of the Class of 2016/17 PLAN Sac Valley Mentoring Program!

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SHAPING LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION STRATEGIES FOR THE STATE'S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN WORKSHOP - TODAY!

Join a public workshop in Sacramento on Wednesday, September 14 at the CalEPA Building (Bryon Sher Auditorium, 1001 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814) from 9:00am to 4:30pm in person or via Webcast.

Visit Cal ARB's website for more information on attendance and background materials:

https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/meetings/meetings.htm

A bit of background: The AB 32 Scoping Plan is the State's comprehensive GHG reduction plan. It identifies State-level strategies to achieve our ambitious GHG reduction goals. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is in the process of updating the Plan. The Strategic Growth Council has been collaborating with ARB and numerous other State agencies to advance a more substantive and robust role for State-level VMT-reducing land use and transportation strategies in this updated Scoping Plan.

Why is this important? I know this sounds like another wonky policy document, but the Scoping Plan is an important roadmap for the strategies the State will take to continue working towards our GHG reduction goals. The vision, goals and priorities established in the Scoping Plan will shape State's activities for the next several years of State-level climate mitigation activities. As you well know, VMT-reducing land use and transportation strategies are critical not only for GHG reduction, but also for building more equitable, healthy, resilient, and livable communities.

More on the workshop and how to get involved: ARB will host the workshop on September 14 to gather public input on potential transportation-sector strategies for inclusion in the updated Scoping Plan. The workshop will address the role of VMT reduction - including more sustainable land use/development patterns and VMT-reducing transportation strategies - as well as the role of cleaner vehicles and fuels. Proposed strategies will be presented at the workshop and may also be released in written form beforehand. Getting feedback on these proposed strategies from experts such as yourself will be particularly impactful in shaping the recommendations for inclusion in the Scoping Plan.  If you can participate in person and share your perspective on these issues, that would be especially meaningful. If not, you can view a webcast and submit comments via email during the event.

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SIERRA DIVISION EVENT / SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, IMPLEMENTING COMMUNITY PLANNING GOALS - SEPT 16

Please join the APA Sierra Division for another fun and educational event this Friday, September 16 in South Lake Tahoe. See attached FLYER!

The event includes presentations and walking tours of the TahoeMountain Lab Co-working Space by Cristi Creegan, the Harrison Avenue Project presented by Coleen Shade - Shade Resources, Steve Noll - Design Workshop, and City of South Lake Tahoe staff, and the Lakeview Commons Project presented by City of South Lake Tahoe staff with support from California Tahoe Conservancystaff. The schedule is to meet at the Tahoe Mountain Lab at 2 pm for a brief presentation and tour (3079 Harrison Avenue, South Lake Tahoe). Then we will discuss the Harrison Avenue project and take a walking tour and end at the Lakeview Commons Project at the beach at around 5pm. Public-Private Partnerships were instrumental in helping to achieve the goals of the local and regional community for these projects.

The Tahoe Mountain Lab is South Lake Tahoe's first co-working space and a hub of innovation for the entire South Shore.

The Harrison Avenue project is an urban design plan which creates a pedestrian oriented atmosphere, within the existing commercial district, to serve both the local citizen and tourist. Through a public/private partnership, implementation of a district-wide stormwater management system was incorporated into the improvement plans to retain and treat all run-off whether it originated from private property or public right-of-way prior to it reaching the Lake.

The Lakeview Commons property comprises a significant, visible assemblage of public space within the City of South Lake Tahoe. The City of South Lake Tahoe, through a cooperative lease agreement with El Dorado County, operates and manages the on-site facilities and uses for park, recreation, cultural, and visitor information purposes. The El Dorado Beach Improvement Project is the first implementation phase of the overall Lakeview Commons Conceptual Plan for revitalizing and developing this civic and recreation area in the heart of South Lake Tahoe.  The improvements at El Dorado Beach represent the largest lakefront public access site improvement investment by the Tahoe Conservancy in the south shore. The project incorporated significant public participation during its planning and design process.

Afterwards, participants have their choice of Tahoe Stand Up Paddleboard Experience, or Happy Hour at Revive a new wine bar in the area (appetizers will be provided by our sponsors Shade Resources and Design Workshop).

The presentations and walking tour are FREE.

For AICP members 3 CM Credits are pending.

Please RSVP to Suzanne Wilkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan on attending by September 13.

BONUS! Sample the Sierra. A weekend attraction is also available for those who want to make a weekend of it. Sample the Sierra hosts a selection of the finest locally produced food, wine, beers, & spirits at this annual South Lake Tahoe Farm-To-Fork festival. Eat and drink the day away with live music, local chefs, 'Go Local' vendors, and Art. Don't forget to catch our signature cooking contest, Sierra Chef Challenge. Be sure to check www.SampleTheSierra.com or tickets and information. See attached FLYER for the Friday night Pop-Up Dinner.

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SACRAMENTO UNITED PARK(ing) DAY2016: COME PLAY ON 9TH STREET- SEPT 16

What is PARK(ing)Day?

PARK(ing)Day is an international annual event in which activists and citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks and other social spaces. PARK(ing)Day was invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, to encourage people to rethink the way streets are used. Since then, PARK(ing)Day has grown into an international event taking place in over 160 cities on 6 continents. More information on this worldwide event can be found online at http://parkingday.org/about-parking-day/

With the recent focus on reinvestment into Sacramento's downtown core, this year's event will be held on 9th St between J St and K St to demonstrate creative design solutions that enhance the pedestrian experience in downtown. This year, our creative community will transform 9th St. into a series of temporary parklets that encourage 'play' in the urban environment. By grouping our efforts together, we showcase a broad vision of how to re-imagine Sacramento's streets, expose the general public to what parklets are, encourage business /property owners to explore the possibility of creating more permanent parklets, and engage local policy makers in discussion about how we may be able to improve the City's current parklet standards (visit http://www.cityofsacramento.org/public-works/parking-services for more information about the current standards). FLYER

Where: Downtown Sacramento -9th Street between J and K Streets

When: Friday, September 16th

Time: 9am-7pm (Open to Public)

WALK(ing)Tour Available!

Whether you're building a parklet or planning to swing by after work, join the ASLA CA Sierra Chapter emerging professionals for a walking tour of the parklets. Meet at Temple Coffee, then walk the parklets and spend a couple minutes chatting with the designers.

5:00PM - Place your order (to go) at Temple Coffee on 9th Street

5:30 PM - Walking tour of the parklets

6:15 PM - Park in a POD Social, snacks provided by ASLA EPG

Please RSVP here: http://asla-sierra.org/event/parking-day-walking-tour/

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eAICP EXAM SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLY NOW

The Sacramento Valley Section (SVS) will award AICP Exam Reduced Fee Scholarships to offset applicants' costs. The SVS application is now available (PDF) and is due by 5pm on September 16, 2016. 

If you have questions, please contact Blake Roberts, AICP, Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

AICP EXAM PREP WORKSHOP CANCELLED

The Sacramento Valley Section AICP exam preparation workshop, scheduled for Saturday, September 24th, has been cancelled. For more information on becoming AICP and the AICP Exam, please contact Blake Roberts, Ph.D., AICP, Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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YPG PLANNERS PINT NIGHT - SEPT 21

This month boasts the Sacramento Farm-to-Fork festival, and there's nothing more farm-to-fork than urban agriculture! Join us for a Planner's Pint Night on September 21st to hear about what's going on with urban agriculture in Sacramento.

The City of Sacramento has recently taken action to support urban agriculture and at this Planner's Pint Night we'll get to hear from Helen Selph, Associate Planner with the City, about efforts to reduce regulatory barriers and provide tax incentives. Come network, socialize, and learn more about how policies such as these can transform our communities! 

No host bar, but appetizers will be provided!

Topic: Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance

Date: Wednesday, September 21st

Where: Federalist Public House (2009 Matsui Alley)

Timeline: 5:30-7:00 pm

5:30 pm: Check-in and Networking

6:00 pm: Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance Discussion led by Helen Selph

7:00 pm: Wrap-Up

**AICP credits pending - optional registration here!

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SPEAKER SERIES SESSION: PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN FOR DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES: HOW ENGAGEMENT & DESIGN LEAD TO HEALTHY PACES - SEPT 30

Save the date for the next Speaker Series session on September 30!

This should be a great discussion with Sergio Palleroni, Center for Public Interest Design, Portland State University; Rachel Rios, La Familia Counseling Center; Kris Barkley, Dreyfuss and Blackford Architects; John Ellis, Cosumnes River College.

This session will focus on how to engage disadvantaged communities in the design process for facilities and places that will serve their needs.

Pubic Interest Design for Disadvantaged Communities: How Engagement & Design Lead to Healthy Places

Register HERE!

September 30, 2016

Coffee & networking from 8:00-8:30 a.m.

Session is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

Free, Unrestricted Parking at 1271 West Capitol Avenue (behind Walgreens)

2.0 AICP CM Credits approved, per session

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OCTOBER IS PLANNING MONTH

APA National Community Planning Month is Coming Soon!

The achievements of planners and planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This year's theme is civic engagement, underscoring the necessity of engaging the public, elected officials, and key leaders in discussions that shape the future of our cities.

With less than 30 days until the official kickoff of our national observance, we want to know - how are you celebrating the lasting value of planning this October? Keep watch on the SVS APA Facebook page for your chance to celebrate community planning in the Sacramento Region.

Learn more about National Community Planning Month at www.planning.org/ncpm.

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PLANNING MOVIE NIGHT - OCT 12

Join us in the AECOM parking lot for a short film and discussion in celebration of National Community Planning Month. We will be watching

"Replacing the Past - Sacramento's Redevelopment History" a 30-minute

film which examines the massive and controversial urban renewal efforts to remake downtown Sacramento during the 1950s and 60s. These redevelopment projects, including the creation of Capitol Mall, Old Sacramento, Interstate 5, Macy's and the K Street Mall significantly changed the urban core of Sacramento, shuttering hundreds of businesses and displacing thousands of residents, especially the city's ethnic populations.

We will hear from the filmmaker, Chris Lango and discuss what we can learn from our planning history as Sacramento goes through a new period of redevelopment and change.

Snacks will be provided. Bring your own chair.

October 12th
6pm to 8pm (film will start after sunset)
2020 L Street, AECOM, Parking Lot

Please RSVP to Elizabeth Boyd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and bring $5 donation to support the Center for Sacramento History.

0.5 CM Credits (Pending)

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EXCITING POSITIONS AVAILABLE ON APA SECTION BOARD!

We are looking for volunteers like you! Are you interested in joining the SVS APA Board? We currently have 3 open appointed positions. Please contact Tracey Ferguson, AICP, Section Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to show your interest and for more information.

Available Appointed Positions (1-Year Term):

  1. Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Liaison
  2. Section Historian
  3. Parliamentarian

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APA California 2016 State Conference - OCT 22-25

Don't miss the 2016 APA California State Conference hosted by the Los Angeles Section at the Pasadena Convention Center from October 22nd through 25th! Visit the conference website today for online registration, in addition to specifics on hotel reservations. See you there!



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CPF SEEKS AUCTION ITEMS FOR STATE CONFERENCE FUNDRAISER - DUE OCT 19

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) is a nonprofit, charitable corporation whose goal is to further the professional practice of planning in California. We need your help to ensure that young people drawn to the planning profession are able to fund their education.

Last year, CPF awarded some 34 scholarships totaling more than $50,000 to planning students throughout California. Our primary fundraising activity is the annual Scholarship Auction held at the APA California Conference. This year the auction will be held on Sunday, October 23, in Pasadena in honor of planners Virginia Viado and Ted Holzem, each of whom passed away earlier this year.

We hope you will donate items such as the following for our live and silent auctions:

  • gift cards or gift baskets
  • restaurant gift certificates
  • weekend stays at your cabin or beach house
  • day of consulting services
  • tickets to sporting events
  • family heirloom you are ready to part with
  • planning books
  • art work
  • movie tickets
  • bottles of wine

Every APA member is also a member of CPF, so please help!

To donate an item, please fill out the DONATION FORM and send auction/raffle item descriptions and electronic images of items must be submitted and delivery of all items must be made to Wendy Nowak AICP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call her at (714) 966-9220 by 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 19th (or 10:00 am on Sunday, October 23rd, if delivery is made at the Conference Site). 

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AUGUST 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

The 6th Annual Student Scholarship Fundraiser on August 17 was a huge success and we exceed our fundraising goal of $2,000! The SVS is proud to support outstanding planning students in the Sacramento Valley Section in honor of Scot Mende, AICP (posthumously), 2015 Legacy Award recipient. The next generation of planners couldn't be brighter and because of your support they are being provided the resources they need to succeed. A huge thank you to Jim Harnish with Mintier Harnish for catering the event and providing the delicious appetizers and desserts. We want to send a special thank you to all those who attended, those that bid on the silent and live auction items, and those that mailed in donation checks. Many thanks to the house band Wealth of Nations for providing the smooth sounds for the evening. We truly thank everyone for the support!



The August 26th SVS Speaker Series session on "Measuring Health and Sustainability Outcomes in Funding Decisions" discussed how public funding programs are basing investment decisions on measurable outcomes related to sustainability and public health.  The esteemed panel of speakers including Sharon Sprowls with Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Neil Peacock with Caltrans, Allison Joe of the California Strategic Growth Council, and Christine Tien with the California Endowment represent the largest funders for land use and transportation sustainability projects in the greater Sacramento area. They discussed current tools and techniques for prioritizing proposed investments and measuring the success of their funding programs, as well as what technical capacity-building efforts are underway to strengthen the ability of local governments and community organizations to utilize these investment resources. Many thanks to Greg Chew with SACOG for moderating this session and making it such a success!

On Wednesday August 31st YPG and YPT members came together to enjoy a great Rivercats game over in the Beer Garden. It was a small group but that didn't stop us from having great conversation and a great time. Thanks to all who came out, we hope to see you at the next one!

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SVS ONLINE SHOP - GET YOUR GEAR TODAY

Hot off the press, the Sac Valley Section has a new webpage through Cafe Press where you can order a large variety of items with the SVS logo including custom men's and women's t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stainless steel water bottles, stickers, reusable shopping bags, hats, laptop sleeves, phone cases, lunch totes, and more. Perfect for coworker gifts, family and friends, or a little something for yourself.  

 

Check it out at: http://www.cafepress.com/svsapa

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APA 2017 National Planning Conference Call for Proposals - 

DUE AUG 25

Share your great ideas! Planning is on the move, but where is it going? The planners at APA's 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City (May 6th - 9th) will be eager to hear about new projects and fresh research that are moving the profession in new directions. Use this opportunity to share your great ideas with people who care passionately about planning. Propose a session, workshop, discussion, or bite-sized presentation and help shape the conference conversation.

Submit your proposal by August 25, 2016 here: https://planning.org/conference/

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SPEAKER SERIES SESSION: Measuring Health and Sustainability Outcomes in Funding Decisions - Aug 26

Register today HERE!

When:

Friday, August 26

8:30 am - 10:30 am (Coffee & Networking begins at 8:00)

REVISED LOCATION:

West Sacramento City Hall
City Council Chambers, Second Floor
1110 West Capitol Avenue

please park at 1271 West Capitol Avenue (behind Walgreens)

New Presenters:

  • Sharon Sprowls, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • Neil Peacock, Caltrans
  • Allison Joe, California Strategic Growth Council
  • Christine Tien, California Endowment

This session will discuss how public funding programs are basing investment decisions on measurable outcomes related to sustainability and public health.  The panel of speakers represents three of the largest funders for land use and transportation sustainability projects in the greater Sacramento area: SACOG, SGC, and the Caltrans. They will discuss current tools and techniques for prioritizing proposed investments and measuring the success of their funding programs, as well as what technical capacity-building efforts are underway to strengthen the ability of local governments and community organizations to utilize these investment resources.

2.0 AICP CM Credits approved

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RIVERCATS GAME WITH YOUNG PLANNERS GROUP - AUGUST 31

YPG and emerging professionals from the Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) for a fun night of socializing, networking, and catching fly balls (you never know) at the River Cats Game on August 31. Email any questions to Yassi Sarvian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Date: Wednesday, August 31

Location: Raley Field, West Sacramento (meet at the Beer Garden around 6:30pm)

7:15 Game Start: Sacramento River Cats vs. Reno Aces (move to lawn)

Cost: $10 per person for lawn seats (with fees, $12)

Purchase tickets online or at the stadium day of. Parking prices are here and free bicycle parking is available.

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!

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CONGRATULATIONS PLAN SAC VALLEY MENTORING PROGRAMCLASS OF 2015-2016!

The APA CA Sacramento Valley Section would like to recognize and congratulate the PLAN SAC Valley Class of 2015/2016. PLAN hosted its Catapult Party on June 22 where Mike McKeever, Chief Executive Officer of SACOG, was the keynote speaker. Congratulations!

2015/2016 PLAN Mentees

  • Carolyn Angius, OPR
  • Alicia Brown, LGC
  • Matt Braughton, Kittelson & Associates
  • Allison Ferrini, AECOM
  • Kendra Macias, CADA
  • Ethan Meltzer, City of Sacramento
  • Dillon Miller, Caltrans
  • Jenny Rempel, Community Water Center
  • Kate Rose, County of Sacramento
  • Eric Will, Laurin Associates
  • Terren Wing, SHRA

2015/2016 PLAN Mentors

  • Dan Amsden, AICP, MIG
  • Kyle Flood, AICP, SHRA
  • Matthew Gerken, AICP, AECOM
  • Steve Hallam, AICP, consultant
  • Matt Hertel, AICP, AECOM
  • Mike Isle, AICP, Stonebridge Properties
  • Kacey Lizon, SACOG
  • Chris Pahule, Sacramento County
  • Kathy Pease, AICP, City of Roseville
  • Janet Ruggiero, FAICP, DeLaSalle Institute
  • David Wade, AICP CUD, Wade Associates

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PLAN CLASS OF 2016-2017 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS - DUE SEPT 14

The SVS is excited to announce that we are launching into our sixth year of the PLAN (Planning + Leadership + Advancement + Networking) Sac Valley Mentoring program. We are looking for both mentors and mentees for the program and invite you to apply and/or pass along this information to anyone who may be interested at your organization or within your network. Be a Mentor - established professionals in a planning or related discipline with more than 10 years of career experience. Receive Mentoring - emerging planners with less than 5 years of career experience.

Applications are due Wednesday, September 14, 2016

To apply and for more information about PLAN go to: http://www.svsapa.org/ypg/plan.html

Make no small plans; plan big and become a part of the Class of 2016/17 PLAN Sac Valley Mentoring Program!

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LEARN MORE AT THE PLAN SOCIAL MIXER - MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR SEPT 7!

Join the PLAN Sac Valley Steering Committee, past PLAN program participants, and other interested mentors and mentees on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at a PLAN Social Mixer. Use this opportunity to meet other planning professionals, learn more about the program, and gain insight into this enriching award-winning program. Don't miss out, PLAN to be there!

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: Kupros Bistro (upstairs), 1217 21st Street, Sacramento

No host bar.

The mission of PLAN Sac Valley is to provide the next generation of professional planners a dynamic and challenging one-on-one and group mentoring forum for personal and professional growth and advancement.

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SIERRA DIVISION EVENT IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - 

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, IMPLEMENTING COMMUNITY PLANNING GOALS - SEPT 16

Come and experience presentations and walking tours of the Mountain Lab Co-working Space, Harrison Avenue Project and Lakeview Commons Project by project consultants and public agency staff.

The tentative schedule is to meet at the Mountain Lab at 2pm on September 16, 2016 for a brief presentation and tour. Then we will discuss the Harrison Avenue project and take a walking tour, then end at the Lakeview Commons Project at the beach around 5pm. Public-private partnerships were instrumental in helping to achieve the goals of the local and regional community for these projects. Afterwards, participants have their choice of Tahoe SUP Experience or Happy Hour at Revive, a new wine bar in the District.

The presentations and walking tour are free. For AICP members 2.0 CM Credits are pending.

Please RSVP by September 13 to Suzanne Wilkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend.

Thank you to Design Workshop and Shade Resources for sponsoring this event!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW SVS AICP MEMBERS!

The Sacramento Valley Section would like to congratulate and welcome the following 7 members that passed the May 2016 AICP exam. The Section commends these new AICP members on their efforts!

  • Yumie Dahn, AICP (Truckee)
  • Jeff Ballantine, AICP (Davis)
  • Martti Eckert, AICP (Sacramento)
  • Tracey Ferguson, AICP (Sacramento)
  • Linda Roberson, AICP (Rancho Cordova)
  • Michael Sawley, AICP (Chico)
  • Keith Williams, AICP (Redding)

AICP certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planners' qualifications. Earn the AICP credential and colleagues and employers will know that you have the academic qualifications, relevant work experience, and mastery of essential skills required to serve your community effectively. Why AICP? The most recent APA/AICP Planners Salary Survey shows that certified planners earn more than non-certified planners, even when experience and responsibility are considered. Certification also puts planners on equal footing with the architects, engineers, and other credentialed professionals with whom they work and compete.

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AICP EXAM SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLY NOW

APA California Chapter and Sacramento Valley Section (SVS) will each award AICP Exam Reduced Fee Scholarships to offset applicants' costs.

  • The California Chapter application is available online . The California Chapter application is due by 5pm on August 26, 2016.
  • The SVS application is now available (PDF) and is due by 5pm on September 16, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Blake Roberts, AICP, Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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AICP EXAM PREP WORKSHOP - SEPT 24

The Sacramento Valley Section will be offering a half-day AICP Exam Preparation Workshop for the November 2016 exam on Saturday, September 24th. The workshop will cover all sections of the exam, AICP study guides, and practice exams. For more information and time/location, please contact Blake Roberts, Ph.D., AICP, Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are taking the November 2016 AICP Exam and want to join a Study Group (even outside of the Sacramento region) please also contact Blake at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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CA ADAPTATION FORUM - SEPT 7-8

Registration OPEN!

Are you working on climate adaptation in California? The 2nd California Adaptation Forum in Long Beach, CA - hosted by the Local Government Commission, in partnership with the State of California - will be the premiere convening for a multi-disciplinary group of 1,000+ leaders, practitioners, and other key players, gathered to discuss, debate, and consider how we can most effectively respond to the impacts of climate change.

For questions, contact Khrystyna Platte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information on how to become a Forum sponsor, contact Kif Scheuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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POSITIONS AVAILABLE ON APA SECTION BOARD

Are you interested in volunteering on the SVS APA Board? We currently have 3 open appointed positions! Please contact Tracey Ferguson, AICP, Section Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to show your interest.

Available Appointed Positions (1-Year Term):

  1. Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Liaison. Act as a liaison between Section Board and the Superior California Chapter AEP board, assist the Program Committee with activities involving both boards, and keep Section membership in the loop with opportunities to attend and be involved with AEP programs and activities. If you are currently an active AEP member, you'd be a great fit!
  2. Section Historian. Record and preserve major accomplishments of the Section, including but not limited to Chapter and National Awards, Local, State or National recognition, and any other unique aspects of Section accomplishments; develop and maintain a depository to archive, store or display Section accomplishments; and coordinate as necessary with the Chapter Historian and the archive program at California State University, Northridge. Do you have a passion for preserving planning history, join the Board!
  3. Parliamentarian. Stay current on any Chapter By-Law changes which affect the Section; provide information and opinions to the Section Board with respect to the Section By-Laws, procedures, and protocol; maintain the Section By-Laws and make revisions as directed by the Section Board; and insure that the By-laws are kept current, posted to the Section Website, and disseminated to Board Members in a timely manner. Are you well organized and have attention to detail with a little legal ease, By-Laws are your thing!

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APA California 2016 State Conference - OCT 22-25

Don't miss the 2016 APA California State Conference hosted by the Los Angeles Section at the Pasadena Convention Center from October 22nd through 25th! Visit the conference website today for online registration, in addition to specifics on hotel reservations.

See you there!

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JULY 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

The July 29th SVS Speaker Series session on "Preventable Planning: Day-to-Day Steps for FitCommunities" kicked off with Beth Altschuler, MCP, MPH, CPH, Raimi Associates talking about what health really means and exhorted us to remember the importance of social and racial equity. She then discussed the draft general plan guidelines coming from OPR and where to find them. David Miller, AICP, City of Folsom talked about the draft Folsom general plan and how they are incorporating health into a wide range of policies. Candace Rutt, WalkSacramentooffered to the audience the steps of how to do a health impact assessment and gave an example of where an assessment was done effectively. Judy Robinson, Sacramento County closed the morning with a great presentation about the healthy initiatives in which Sacramento County has been participating and how the County has been incorporating healthy policies and actions into their plans, public works projects, and other actions. Many thanks to everyone that made this session a success!

SVS online shop - GET YOUR GEAR TODAY

Hot off the press, the Sac Valley Section has a new webpage through Cafe Press where you can order a large variety of items with the SVS logo including custom men's and women's t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stainless steel water bottles, stickers, reusable shopping bags, hats, laptop sleeves, phone cases, lunch totes, and more. Perfect for coworker gifts, family and friends, or a little something for yourself. 

Check it out at: http://www.cafepress.com/svsapa

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Keep up to date with the Sac Valley Section's planning related events, programs, news, research, and much more, all at your fingertips, on our new Facebook page.

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Don't wait! Purchase your Sac Valley Section gear today!

Hot off the press, we created a new webpage through Cafe Press where you can order a large variety of items with the SVS logo including custom men's and women's t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, stainless steel water bottles, stickers, reusable shopping bags, hats, laptop sleeves, phone cases, lunch totes, and more. Perfect for coworker gifts, family and friends, or a little something for yourself. We plan to add more images and logos in the future, so please check back often: http://www.cafepress.com/svsapa.

We're looking forward to seeing you with your Sac Valley Section gear!

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YPG HAPPY HOUR AT TANK HOUSE - JULY 28

 

Fellow planners, it's time for another YPG Happy Hour! See you all Thursday, July 28th at Tank House BBQ & Bar. Invite a colleague, friend; everyone is welcome! The more the merrier! We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Thursday, July 28th

Location: Tank House BBQ & Bar, 1925 J Street, Downtown Sacramento

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM


 

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SPEAKER SERIES SESSION: Preventable Planning: Day-to-Day Steps to Fit Communities - JULY 29

Date:  Friday, July 29

Time:  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Location: West Sacramento Community Center

Moderator:

- Elizabeth Boyd, AICP, Ascent Environmental

Presenters:

      - Beth Altshuler, MCP, MPH, CPH, Raimi Associates

- Candace Rutt, WalkSacramento

- David Miller, AICP, City of Folsom

- Judy Robinson, County of Sacramento

 

From General Plan policies to on-the-ground development projects, how is health integrated into planning and design practices to support the daily pursuit of healthy choices and lifestyles? This session will explore leading edge tools to promote physical activity and access to healthy foods. The speakers will focus on general plan policy, with information from the Governor's Office of Planning and Research's General Plan Guidelines update and with examples on how the general plan can set the stage. The speakers will also explore how Health Impact Assessments can inform development project decisions and be used to effectively engage community members and leaders. Lastly, they'll examine how careful review of zoning codes, design guidelines, specific plans, and conditions of approval can guide projects by addressing both physical activity and food access to bring healthy living within reach of all people.

Register today HERE!

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SAVE THE DATES FOR THE ENTIRE SPEAKER SERIES!

On the Pulse of Planning for Healthy and Equitable Communities upcoming 2016 sessions: August 26, September 30, and October 21. Two (2.0) AICP CM Credits are approved, per session.

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APA California 2016 State Conference Early bird REGISTRATION ends July 31

Don't miss the 2016 APA California State Conference hosted by the Los Angeles Section at the Pasadena Convention Center from October 22nd through 25th! Visit the conference website today for online early bird registration, in addition to specifics on hotel reservations and information on sponsor and exhibitor booths: http://www.apacalifornia-conference.org/.

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SVS MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION PICNIC - AUG 4

RSVP today and join fellow Sac Valley Section members at this family-friendly summer picnic. Enjoy food, fun, and games! Splash pool will be open, so be sure to pack the swimsuits and towels for the kids. Don't forget your picnic blankets and lawn chairs.

Dinner and beverages will be hosted by Sac Valley APA.

Feel free to bring a dessert to share.

For more information, see the event FLYER!

Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016

Location: Bertha Henschel Park (160 45th Street, East Sacramento)

Time: 4 PM - 7 PM

Please RSVP by July 28th to Christina Berglund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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SVS 6th ANNUAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER - SAVE THE DATE AUG 17

Join us at the 6th Annual Student Scholarship Fundraiser honoring Scot Mende, AICP (posthumously) as our 2015 Legacy Award recipient.  This fun event will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 5pm to 8pm in downtown Sacramento

Save the date now and look for a separate e-blast coming soon with all the event details and registration information!

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APA 2017 National Planning Conference Call for Proposals - DUE AUG 25

Share your great ideas!

Planning is on the move, but where is it going? The planners at APA's 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City next May will be eager to hear about new projects and fresh research that are moving the profession in new directions. Use this opportunity to share your great ideas with people who care passionately about planning. Propose a session, workshop, discussion, or bite-sized presentation and help shape the conference conversation.

How to proceed?

Get started by reviewing the list of 2017 conference tracks to see where your proposal might fit in. Then turn to the proposals landing page for info about eligibility, speakers, session types, and key dates, plus helpful tips and good examples. This background will get you ready to finalize your ideas and use the convenient new My Proposal submission portal.

You can work on and save your proposal multiple times, but be sure to submit your completed proposal by August 25, 2016 at https://planning.org/conference/.

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CivicSpark Fellowship - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

Attention recent graduates and young professionals in environmental and planning fields! CivicSpark is a Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change and water management issues in California, administered by the Local Government Commission in partnership with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research.

The program offers two fellowship tracks: The CivicSpark Climate Action Fellowship and the CivicSpark Water Action Fellowship. Fellows will spend 1700 hours over 11 months working full time with their regional team and host agency. Fellows will gain hands-on experience in climate change response while learning technical skills and building a strong network of sustainability professionals.

Join an informational webinar on the CivicSpark Fellowship and learn more about the program, the recruitment process, and the new CivicSpark Climate Action and Water Action Fellowships.

Applications for the first priority deadline are due July 15, 2016. Applications for the second priority deadline are due August 15, 2016.

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PLAN SAC VALLEY MENTORING PROGRAM - APPLICATIONS COMING AUG 2016

Have you always wanted to give back and be a mentor to emerging professionals? Do you want to develop technical, leadership, and networking skills to advance your career? The PLAN Sac Valley Mentoring Program is launching into its 6th year and we invite you to become a part of this award-winning program! Look for applications coming August 2016.

Be a Mentor - PLAN Sac Valley is looking for established professionals in various planning disciplines, with more than 10 years of career experience, to serve as mentors and share their knowledge and insights with the next generation of planning leaders.

Receive Mentoring - PLAN Sac Valley provides emerging planners, with less than 5 years of career experience, the exposure to and a greater understanding of the tools and resources to be a successful professional planner.

For more information about PLAN (Planning + Leadership + Advancement + Networking), see the SVS website at: http://www.svsapa.org/ypg/plan.html

The mission of PLAN Sac Valley is to provide the next generation of professional planners a dynamic and challenging one-on-one and group mentoring forum for personal and professional growth and advancement.

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CALIFORNIA ADAPTATION FORUM - SEPT 2016

Registration NOW OPEN!

Are you working on climate adaptation in California? The 2nd California Adaptation Forum - hosted by the Local Government Commission, in partnership with the State of California - will be the premiere convening for a multi-disciplinary group of 1,000+ leaders, practitioners, and other key players, gathered to discuss, debate, and consider how we can most effectively respond to the impacts of climate change.

 

For questions, contact Khrystyna Platte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For information on how to become a Forum sponsor, contact Kif Scheuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE ON APA SECTION BOARD

Are you interested in joining the Sacramento Valley Section APA Board? We currently have 4 open appointed positions! Please contact Tracey Ferguson, Section Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if any of these available Section Board positions interest you.

Available Appointed Positions (1-Year Term):

  1. Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Liaison. Act as a liaison between Section Board and the Superior California Chapter AEP board, assist the Program Committee with activities involving both boards, and keep Section membership in the loop with opportunities to attend and be involved with AEP programs and activities. If you are currently an active AEP member, you'd be a great fit!
  2. California Planning Foundation (CPF) Liaison. Represent the Section in events and activities sponsored by the CPF Board of Directors, coordinate the Section's contribution of scholarship monies to benefit the CPF's Student Scholarship Program, and assist in furthering the activities of CPF, including professional development workshops. If you are interested in student engagement and want to give back to the next generation of planners, this is the role for you!
  3. Section Historian. Record and preserve major accomplishments of the Section, including but not limited to Chapter and National Awards, Local, State or National recognition, and any other unique aspects of Section accomplishments; develop and maintain a depository to archive, store or display Section accomplishments; and coordinate as necessary with the Chapter Historian and the archive program at California State University, Northridge. Do you have a passion for preserving planning history, join the Board!
  4. Parliamentarian. Stay current on any Chapter By-Law changes which affect the Section; provide information and opinions to the Section Board with respect to the Section By-Laws, procedures, and protocol; maintain the Section By-Laws and make revisions as directed by the Section Board; and insure that the By-laws are kept current, posted to the Section Website, and disseminated to Board Members in a timely manner. Are you well organized and have attention to detail with a little legal ease, By-Laws are your thing!

SVS teamed up with Sacramento ASPA and co-hosted the June 15 program "Scoring the Golden One Center: A Look at the Players Behind the Scenes" with a roundtable discussion featuring Desmond Parrington, Entertainment & Sports Complex Project Manager; Captain Katherine Lester, Sacramento PD and Lead with City Manager's Office on Event Preparations and Planning; Hector Barron, City Traffic Engineer; and Jeffrey Massey, Senior Deputy City Attorney and Lead Attorney for Golden One Center project. These dynamic speakers shared with the 25+ member audience their role in the ESC project, career takeaways from the experience, and other memorable moments. In addition, many were able to participate in a tour of the Golden One Center and learned even more about the ESC and its place as a once-in-a-generation civic infrastructure project in Sacramento.

APA SVS Speaker Series session on June 24 "Road to Recovery - How to Overcome the Diagnosis" examined why some communities are healthier than others and the role that planning processes have played in creating these health disparities. Tim Snelling from Butte County was the moderator and touched on local general plan policies related to health. Speakers included Katie Valenzuela Garcia, Principal, Valenzuela Garcia Consulting, who talked about working with disadvantaged communities and helping to educate them on what they can ask for when a project comes to their neighborhood; Leticia Corona, Community Advocacy Director, Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountabilitydiscussed work she and her organization are doing in Fresno to connect community members with the process and public officials; and Sergio Cuellar, Community Engagement Coordinator, UC Davis Center for Regional Change discussed his work with data at UC Davis and using it with youth to help them understand their own community and enable them to be an advocate for health and the built environment.

 

The presentations are now available on the website. Check them out!

http://www.svsapa.org/speaker-series/2016-speaker-series.html

APA YPG joined young professionals from AIA, ASLA, USGBC, and SEOCC on June 24 for an inter-association summer social. YPG extends many thanks to Drefuss & Blackford for use of their backyard in hosting the party. It was a fun night of food, drinks, and games!

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?         LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!

?         Congratulations! SVS 2016 Award Winners

?         2016 Legislative Committee Update

?         Planning a Healthier Future: Partnerships with Purpose - JUNE 14 WEBINAR

?         SCORING THE GOLDEN ONE CENTER: A LOOK AT "THE PLAYERS" BEHIND THE SCENES - JUNE 15

?         ADVANCING HEALTH THROUGH TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: AN INTRO TO THE ITHIM TOOL - JUNE 20

?         AICP NOVEMBER EXAM APPLICATION WINDOW NOW OPEN: ATTEND PREP SESSION - JUNE 21

?         UPCOMING SPEAKER SERIES SESSION: ROAD TO RECOVERY - HOW TO OVERCOME THE DIAGNOSIS - JUNE 24

?         YPG INTER-ASSOCIATION BBQ - JUNE 24 SAVE THE DATE

?         APA CALIFORNIA 2016 STATE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

?         CORRECTION - 2017 APA STATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEES AND CO-CHAIRS

?         MAY 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

 

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WARD WINNERS

 

Congratulations to the 2016 Sacramento Valley Section APA Award recipients! The 5-member SVS Awards jury, representing public and private sector entities from different planning disciplines, as well as a member from the Young Planners Group, met in early May to deliberate on the award applications received. The jury had a lively discussion and selected the following projects, plans, and coalition to be honored with 2016 SVS APA Awards:

?         Sacramento County Development Code, Sacramento County - Award of Excellence in the Comprehensive Planning - Large Jurisdiction Category

?         Open Window Project, City of Stockton - Award of Excellence in the Urban Design Category

?         Oroville Area Urban Greening Plan, City of Oroville - Award of Excellence in the Innovation in Green Community Planning Category

?         Design 4 Active Sacramento - Award of Excellence in the Best Practices Category

?         Hewlett-Packard Campus Oaks Master Plan, City of Roseville - Award of Merit in the Economic Planning and Development Category

?         California State Wildlife Action Plan, State of California - Award of Merit in the Innovation in Green Community Planning Category

?         Downtown Redding Pavement Preservation & Bike Lane Project, City of Redding - Award of Merit in the Transportation Planning Category

All of the Section 'Award of Excellence' recipients are eligible to apply for an APA California Award. We wish them luck at the State level in showcasing the great planning work that is done in our Section! The SVS Awards Ceremony will be held in January 2017 to celebrate all of the winners.

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2016 LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE UPDATE

It seems like every year a theme emerges in proposed state planning legislation. Last year parking was the hot topic. This year, without a doubt, it is housing: from "by right" development, to density bonus, to inclusionary housing, to second units; numerous bills are focused on housing. Governor Brown raised eyebrows with his proposal (as part of the budget package) to allow certain multifamily housing projects in "urban" areas to be considered "by right" development. The proposal language is available on the Department of Finance budget website HERE.

APA California supported an alternative "by right" housing bill, Assembly Bill 2522 (Bloom) which, while providing that certain attached housing projects are a permitted use by right, increases the low and moderate-income housing requirement, and offers more detail on the applicable general plan and zoning standards. As of this writing, AB 2522 appears to have failed to make it out of the Assembly by the deadline.

All of the current planning bills, along with analysis from the APA California legislative team can be found on the APA California website HERE. Click on "Legislation" and click "Hot Bills & Regulations" from the pull down menus. The "Hot Bills" list can be found near the top of the page. As this list is quite long, also check out the monthly "Legislative Updates" farther down the page.  If you have questions about 2016 proposed state planning legislation, contact Brian Grattidge, Sac Valley Section Legislative Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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PLANNING A HEALTHIER FUTURE: PARTNERSHIPS WITH PURPOSE - JUNE 14 WEBINAR

Local collaborations involving officials, staff, community groups, and health and planning professionals play a vital role in the wellness and health of children and families. This webinar will illustrate how working collaboratively leads to policy outcomes in the form of an updated general plan that supports healthy eating/active living goals. Panelists will share how the goals were identified, developed and the process that brought the plan to success. Each panelist will share their perspective on the collaborative, the role of elected and staff leadership, and their perspective on achieving outcomes through partnerships.

Join the Institute for Local Government on Tuesday, June 14 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM for a webinar featuring Sacramento County's Sustainability Director and Public Health Officer for a discussion about partnerships leading to healthier outcomes. This is the 2nd webinar in a series sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and The California Endowment.

Register Here

AICP CM Credits Pending

 

To learn more about how collaborations and partnerships can help improve your community's wellness, visit the Institute's website at www.ca-ilg.org/shared-services-and-joint-use

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Scoring THE Golden One CENTER: A Look at "the Players" Behind the Scenes - June 15

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, 400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor, Sacramento

Register Here

$10 for APA and ASPA members; $20 nonmembers

AICP CM Credits Pending

Together Sac Valley APA and Sacramento ASPA invite you to join in a discussion about large infrastructure projects and elements of public administration that bring them to success. The development of the Golden One Center provides an excellent learning opportunity to understand more about the key public administrators involved in the project's inception, construction and operation.

This event will feature local government officials involved in the project (finance/treasurer, transportation, planning, etc.) and panelists will share their role in the project, how they go to this point in their career and memorable moments of working on this once-in-a-lifetime project.

Panelists will include:

?         Desmond Parrington, ESC Project Manager

?         Captain Katherine Lester, Sac PD, Lead with City Manager's Office on Event Preparations and Planning

?         Hector Barron, City Traffic Engineer

?         Jeffrey Massey, Senior Deputy City Attorney and Lead Attorney for Golden One Center project

In addition to the event on Wednesday, June 15, we are also working on a TOUR of GOLDEN ONE CENTER to take place on Friday, June 17 between 8:30 - 10:00 AM.  We have limited space for the tour. Please indicate if you'd like to attend the TOUR when you register.

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Advancing Health Through Transportation Planning: An Intro to the ITHIM Tool - JUNE 20

Date:

Monday, June 20, 2016

Time:

Lunch and registration start at 11:30 AM

Tool Introduction: 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Technical Session: 2:15 PM to 4:00 PM

Location:

Sacramento Area Council of Governments Boardroom, 1415 L Street #300, Sacramento

 

There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Register Here

 

A variety of tools have been developed to understand the health impacts related to the way communities and transportation systems are planned and designed. This lunchtime event will highlight the Integrated Transport and Health Impact Model (ITHIM). State and regional agencies are using ITHIM to analyze and compare the impact of transportation scenarios on health, including changes in physical activity, road traffic injury risk, and exposure to fine particulate matter. Participants can expect to gain a better understanding of the history, evolution, and current use of ITHIM; hear from professionals in the field who have used ITHIM to inform policy; and engage in a discussion on future uses and directions for ITHIM.

 

A Technical Session will be held from 2:15 PM to 4:00 PM for participants interested in an under the hood look at how ITHIM works. This workshop is sponsored in part by Plan4Health through the Design4Active Sacramento Coalition.

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AICP NOVEMBER EXAM APPLICATION WINDOW NOW OPEN: ATTEND PREP SESSION - JUNE 21

 

Introduction to AICP Exam Prep (In-Person and Webinar). The Sacramento Valley Section will be offering an introductory AICP exam preparation session (in-person and Webinar) for the November 2016 exam on the evening of Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Save the date now if you've applied or are thinking about applying for the AICP exam in the fall. Information on exact time, place, and Webinar access for this prep session will be forthcoming. The session will cover the AICP exam application process, provide an overview of the exam, and give a road map for studying over the next five months. For more information, please contact Blake Roberts, Ph.D., AICP, SVS Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AICP Exam Application Deadline Approaching. The application window is NOW OPEN and the deadline to apply for the November 2016 AICP exam is Thursday, June 30th at 9:59 PM. For more information on how to apply for the exam, visit the AICP Exam informational website HERE.

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UPCOMING 2016 APA SPEAKER SERIES SESSION: ROAD TO RECOVERY - HOW TO OVERCOME THE DIAGNOSIS - JUNE 24

On the Pulse of Planning for Healthy and Equitable Communities

Grab your data, put on your Fitbit, warm up your stethoscope, and join our coalition of community planners, designers, and public health professionals to discuss how to keep our communities vital and fit now and into the future!

Date: Friday, June 24

Time:8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Location: West Sacramento Community Center

Presenters:

?         Katie Valenzuela Garcia, Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails

?         Phoebe Seaton, Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

?         Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP, Riverside County Department of Public Health

This session entitled "Road to Recovery - How to Overcome the Diagnosis" will examine why some communities are healthier than others and the role that planning processes have played in creating these health disparities. How do we change these systems to increase not only health equity, but also support healthier communities for everyone? Speakers will discuss three current strategies for shifting planning policy and practices to increasingly integrate health outcomes, including community engagement, engaging the next generation, and state and local policy change.

Register today HERE!

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SAVE THE DATES FOR THE ENTIRE SPEAKER SERIES!

Upcoming sessions: July 29, August 26, September 30, and October 21, 2016.

2 AICP CM Credits approved, per session.

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YPG inter-association BBQ - JUNE 24 SAVE THE DATE

 

Save Friday night June 24th on your calendars for an inter-association BBQ with young professionals from APA, AIA, ASLA, USGBC, and SEOCC. Check out the SVS YPG's Facebook Page for more information HERE to come and "like us" while you're there!

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APA California 2016 State Conference Registration Now Open!

Don't miss this year's APA California conference, hosted by the Los Angeles Section, at the Pasadena Convention Center, October 22-25! Visit the conference website today for online conference registration and hotel reservations: http://www.apacalifornia-conference.org/

 

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CORRECTION - 2017 APA STATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEES AND CO-CHAIRS

One of the 2017 Sub-Committees and its Co-Chairs were unintentionally omitted from last month's SVS Newsletter. The complete list is now provided below.

Programs

Julia Lave Johnston (Institute for Local Government)

Jeff Henderson (Michael Baker International)

Mobile Workshops

Janet Ruggiero (DeLaSalle Institute)

Tom Pace (City of Stockton)

Sponsorships/Exhibitors

Alan Telford (Fehr and Peers)

Jim Harnish (Mintier Harnish)

Volunteers

Dan Amsden (MIG)

Drew Sutton (GEI Consultants)

Students/Young Planners

Kendra Macias (CADA)

Alicia Brown (Local Government Commission)

Special Events/Opening Reception

Tricia Stevens (planning consultant)

Jeff Goldman (AECOM)

Publicity/Planner's Guide

Blake Roberts (Delta Protection Commission)

Elizabeth Boyd (Ascent Environmental)

If you are interested in volunteering on a Sub-Committee, we encourage you to contact the Conference Co-Chairs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to hearing from you!

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MAY 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

The 2016 APA SVS Speaker Series kicked off on May 13 with "Taking the Temperature for Community Health and Well-Being" with presenters from the California Department of Public Health, UC Davis, UCLA, and Esri bringing different perspectives on the connections between the public health and planning professions.

YPG hosted a Bike Tour on May 14 where approximately 25 planners toured four development sites in Downtown Sacramento: Railyards, EVIVA, ICE Blocks, and The Mill at Broadway. The presenters were Frank Myers (Downtown Railyard Ventures), Marc de la Vergne (Capital Area Development Authority), Kaitlin Murchison (Heller Pacific, Inc.), and Rachel and Katherine Bardis (Bardish Homes). Cyclists were able to ride into the Railyards, hear about innovative designs and development, and see several model homes at The Mill at Broadway.

YPG enjoyed a Planner's Pint Night on May 24 with guest speaker Andrew Sturmfels, West Sacramento Planning Commissioner. In the spirit of May Is Bike Month, his presentation focused on the new, community led parklet project near the Clarksburg Branch Line bike trail in West Sacramento.

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CONGRATULATIONS - TOWN OF TRUCKEE IS A GREAT PLACE IN CALIFORNIA

The California Chapter of APA selected the Town of Truckee as one of three places to receive the 2016 Great Places in California award.  Known as the "heart and soul" of Truckee, historic downtown Truckee provides a place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy unique shops, eclectic restaurants, and beautiful art galleries, all set in charming historic buildings with magnificent views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Recent infill and streetscape projects, guided by the current general plan have been key in turning Truckee from a pass-through town on the way to Lake Tahoe, into a destination unto itself. Downtown Truckee also serves as the communal "living room" for the local residents, a place for major community events such as Truckee Thursdays, the Iron Man - Lake Tahoe triathlon, the local high school parade, Wine Walk and Shop, and the player's parade to kick- off the Little League season. 

The Town of Truckee will be honored at the APA Chapter Conference in Pasadena in October 2016 as well as at the Sac Valley Section Awards Ceremony in January 2017.  Congratulations to John McLaughlin, Community Development Director, and the entire Town of Truckee!

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YPG Planner's Pint Night at Ruhstaller Taproom - May 24

Join YPG at the first Planners Pint Night of 2016! Enjoy some local craft brews and chat it up with other planners in Ruhstaller's basement taproom on 630 K St. from 5:30-7pm on May 24th (no host bar).

In the spirit of May Is Bike Month, a presentation will be given on a new, community led parklet project forming near the Clarksburg Branch Line bike trail in West Sacramento.  This planning effort is the inaugural project of Assemble Sacramento, a new placemaking venture focused on site activation in the region. West Sacramento Planning Commissioner Andrew Sturmfels will be on hand to explain the project and ways to offer support and get more involved! For more information on Assemble

Sacramento, link to http://www.assemblesac.org/

**Everyone is Welcome! The program is approved for 1.0 AICP CM Credit**

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YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED - APA SVS EMERGING AND MID-CAREER LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

 

PLEASE TAKE THREE MINUTES TO RESPOND TO SURVEY BY MAY 25

Are you ready to take your planning career to new levels? The Sac Valley Section of APA would like to provide a Leadership Development Seminar for emerging and mid-career planning professionals (5 to 20 years of experience) this fall. This program is aimed at furthering your career by focusing on leadership and management skills, strategic planning, negotiation, communications, career planning, and important planning topics.

Your input on how to structure this program is needed! Please respond to the below survey by Wednesday, May 25th. We would like to provide a seminar that you helped design! Even if you are not an emerging or mid-career professional, please respond if you have ideas on what skills and topics should be covered based on your experience.

Please contact Tricia Stevens, AICP, if you would like to make suggestions directly, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Link to survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YMK82FP

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CHECK OUT THE MAY ISSUE OF CALPLANNER FEATURING THE SACRAMENTO AREA

Sacramento Valley communities were featured in the May issue of CalPlanner, a publication of the California Chapter of APA. The innovations of "Area Codes" in the Sacramento area, aka Specific Plans, Special Districts and Special Planning Areas, were captured to highlight the evolving nature of such Codes to help other communities learn from our experiences.  The article was written by Tricia Stevens, AICP, in close coordination with the cities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, and Roseville, and the County of Sacramento. Check out the May Issues here: http://Californian/news-and-media/cal-planner-newsletter/

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ANNOUNCING - 2017 APA STATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEES AND 

CO-CHAIRS

 

The 2017 Statewide Conference Committee is pleased to announce the Sub-Committees and its Co-Chairs.

Programs

     Julia Lave Johnston (Institute for Local Government)

     Jeff Henderson (Michael Baker International)

Sponsorships/Exhibitors

     Alan Telford (Fehr and Peers)

     Jim Harnish (Mintier Harnish)

Volunteers

     Dan Amsden (MIG)

     Drew Sutton (GEI Consultants)

Students/Young Planners

     Kendra Macias (CADA)

     Alicia Brown (Local Government Commission)

Special Events/Opening Reception

     Tricia Stevens (planning consultant)

     Jeff Goldman (AECOM)

Publicity/Planner's Guide

     Blake Roberts (Delta Protection Commission)

     Elizabeth Boyd (Ascent Environmental)

If you are interested in volunteering on a Sub-Committee, we encourage you to contact the Conference Co-Chairs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to hearing from you!

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WINE TASTING TRAIN TOUR & BBQ - YPG/YPT/YMF CO-HOSTED EVENT - JUNE 4

Join our friends at YPT on Saturday, June 4th for a special tour of the Western Railway Museum. This co-hosted event will feature a one-hour train ride on the museum's vintage 1914 Salt Lake & Utah parlor car, a free sampling of local wines from Tenbrink Vineyards, a guided tour by the museum's volunteer conductors and docents, lunch in the museum's picnic grounds catered by Kinders BBQ, and a great chance to meet new friends and see electric railroading history brought to life!

What: 10 mile train ride with hosted wine & cheese tasting by Tenbrink Vineyards; see flyer for more details.

WhereWestern Railway Museum

5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City (carpooling is encouraged!)
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016

: 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Train leaves at 11 am sharp!)

Cost: $53.49 (all inclusive, includes Eventbrite charge) - wine tasting, refreshments, and BBQ lunch are included.

This event is open to anyone who is interested!

Contact Robbie Coomes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite by May 27th, seating is limited!

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2016 APA SVS SPEAKER SERIES - JUNE 24

Registration is now open for the 2016 Speaker Series!

http://www.svsapa.org/speaker-series/2016-speaker-series.html

On the Pulse of Planning for Healthy and Equitable Communities

Grab your data, put on your Fitbit, warm up your stethoscope, and join our coalition of community planners, designers, and public health professionals to discuss how to keep our communities vital and fit now and into the future!

2nd Session: Road to Recovery: How to Overcome the Diagnosis

Presenters:

  • Phoebe Seaton, Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability
  • Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP, Riverside County Department of Public Health 

This session will examine why some communities are healthier than others and the role that planning processes have played in creating these health disparities.  How do we change these systems to increase not only health equity, but also support healthier communities for everyone?  Speakers will discuss three current strategies for shifting planning policy and practices to increasingly integrate health outcomes, including community engagement, engaging the next generation, and state and local policy change.

SAVE THE DATES FOR THE ENTIRE SPEAKER SERIES!

2 AICP CM Credits approved, per session. All session are on Fridays at the West Sacramento Community Center from 8:30 - 10:30 am: July 29, August 26, September 30, and October 21

Program Flyer

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PLAN SAC VALLEY MENTORING PROGRAM TURNS FIVE

The PLAN Sac Valley Mentorship Program is 5 years old and the SVS is so proud of the program's success. PLAN has been provided as a model mentoring program for APA chapters across the country and received recognition from APA California Chapter in 2012 with the Outstanding Section Activity Award and from National APA in 2013 with the prestigious Karen B. Smith Chapter Award.

If you'd like to be a part of the PLAN Class of 2016/17, be on the lookout in August 2016 for more information and program applications!

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APA CALIFORNIA LAUNCHES CPAT PROGRAM

Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to needy communities? APA California has just launched a Community Planning Assistance (CPAT) program to provide pro bono planning support to municipalities and community groups with limited resources. You can join a team of volunteer professionals to engage a community in California or Baja California in a short but intensive planning process to solve a local problem or issue.

If you are interested in this exciting and rewarding program of community service, please check out the CPAT Program Description at: http://www.apacalifornia.org/professional-development/apa-california-cpat-program/. You will be glad you did!If you have questions, contact Robert Paternoster, FAICP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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CALIFORNIA ADAPTION FORUM - FALL 2016

Please join the Local Government Commission (LGC), in partnership with the State of California, at the second California Adaption Forum September 7-8, 2016 in Long Beach, CA. The two-day event will be the premiere convening for a multi-disciplinary group of 1,000+ decision-makers, leaders, and advocates to discuss, debate and consider how we can most effectively respond to the impacts of climate change. The Forum will feature:

  • A series of plenaries with high-level adaptation leaders
  • A variety of sessions on new legislation, resources and other essential topics
  • Regional project tours highlighting adaptation and resilience efforts
  • Pre-forum workshops on tools and strategies for implementing adaptation solution

Visit http://www.californiaadaptationforum.org/ to learn more and to sign up for updates today!

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SACRAMENTO HISTORIC PRESERVATION 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The City of Sacramento is marking over 40 years of historic preservation programs, and is also recognizing the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. The City's Preservation Commission and the Sacramento Heritage Board are holding events to celebrate.

 

"Sacramento has a great history," said Roberta Deering, City of Sacramento's Preservation Director. "The places that reflect that history are recognized and celebrated through efforts of the public to support historic preservation."

To commemorate these events, Sacramento Heritage, Inc.'s Board of Directors and the City of Sacramento's Preservation Commission have organized the following events:

  • Exhibit of Sacramento's Preservation History: A photographic exhibit highlighting Sacramento's preservation history will be on display: at New City Hall (915 I Street), May through August 2016, and at McClatchy Library (2112 22nd Street), November through December 2016.
  • Celebratory Banner Display: During May 2016, banners at ten downtown locations will herald the success of architectural and historic preservation in Sacramento.
  • Student Drawing Contest: SHI and the Sacramento City Unified School District are sponsoring student drawing contests to encourage young scholars to learn more about Sacramento's historic places and their importance. For more information visit the Sacramento Heritage Drawing Contest.
  • City Council Resolution: A resolution will be presented in May by City Councilmember Steve Hansen in recognition of over 40 years of preservation in Sacramento.

In partnership with Preservation Sacramento, SHI is also hosting a series of casual, semi-monthly social hours at various venues. Times and locations are announced on the Sacramento Heritage Facebook page. Some notable landmarks include the Elks Tower at 921 11th Street as well as the Historic City Hall (lead photo) located at 915 I Street. Visit the Sacramento Register for a full list of the city's historic landmarks and historic districts that have been designated over the past 40 years. For further information on the 40th Anniversary events, schedules, and reception reservations, visit Sacramento Heritage, Inc.

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APRIL 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

The SMUD 59th Street Visioning Workshop was held on April 5 where SVS APA partnered with Stonebridge Properties and SMUD to seek planning best practices for the reuse of the old SMUD Corporation Yard on 59th Street, just south of Folsom Boulevard.  The group brainstormed potential development options for this unique East Sacramento 20-acre site.  Neighborhood context and project constraints were shared with participants as options for housing, institutional, and retail options were all part of the discussion.   More to come! SVS APA hopes to continue a relationship with Stonebridge Properties and SMUD; future workshops are on the horizon. The website for the project will be up shortly and SVS APA will provide more details in future newsletters.  Please contact Beth Tincher with SMUD if you have questions, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The SVS hosted an informative Planning Commissioners Training Workshop on April 16for Planning Commissioners in the Sacramento Valley. Thirty-eight Commissioners attended from a range of jurisdictions - Dunsmuir to Sacramento to Placerville. Commissioners were trained on conduct of meetings, CEQA, General Plans, Zoning Codes, Housing Elements, Urban Design and Sustainability.  Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Public Health Officer, was featured as the keynote speaker, focusing on healthy communities. The powerpoint presentations, speaker contacts, and ILG Commissioner resources are now on the SVS website; please pass the information on to Planning Commissioners in your community! Huge thanks to Andrew Sturmfels, SVS APA Planning Commission Representative, for his leadership in pulling this valuable workshop together.Link to workshop materials on SVS website: http://www.svsapa.org/resources/pc-training-materials.html

SVS YPG held a Professional Development Panel at UC Davis on April 20 where over 45 UC Davis students attended. Experienced professionals, representing various planning occupations, shared their career journeys and gave students advice about how to best prepare for a job in planning. Panelists included Julia Lave Johnston (Institute for Local Government), Matthew Gerken (AECOM), Curtis Alling (Ascent Environmental), Tricia Stevens (County of Sacramento), and Reza Navai (CalTrans). Thank you to everyone who made this such a successful event!

A Joint SVS and Planners Emeritus Network (PEN) Cross-Generational Planning Exchange was held on April 28 where over 20 planners from Millennials to Baby Boomers attended. This inaugural collaboration between PEN and SVS brought insight of what's changed in planning over the course of 30 years, to the challenges facing a new generation of planners. Thank you to Stan Hoffman, FAICP, APA PEN President and Tracey Ferguson, APA SVS Director for their facilitation of the program and to PEN member panelists Janet Ruggiero, FAICP; Larry Mintier, FAICP; and Terry Rivasplata, AICP; and Millennial/Gen X panelists Emily Hyland, Matt Braughton, and Kacey Lizon. If you attended and are AICP, don't forget to log in your 1.5 approved CM credits.

 

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April 20, 2016
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YPG PROFESSIONAL PANEL AT UC DAVIS - APRIL 20

Are you curious about what urban planners do? Do you want to figure out steps that will ensure your success in the planning field? Join us on Wednesday, April 20th from 6:30-8:30 in Wellman 106 as YPG hosts a professional urban planning panel! Come and hear from planning professionals in the public and private sectors talk about their careers and their professional journeys. You will also have a chance to ask questions to the professionals in small groups during the second half of the event. See FLYER for more details.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Graham, YPG Student Representative, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hope to see you there!

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JOINT SVS / PEN Cross-Generational Planning Exchange - APRIL 28

 

Planners from every generation have different perspectives to contribute. From the historical viewpoint of APA Planner Emeritus Network (PEN) members, to the mile-a-minute technical innovations and insight younger generations have to offer. This inaugural joint collaboration between PEN and the Sacramento Valley Section will bring insight of what's changed in planning over the course of 30 years, to the challenges facing a new generation of planners. Whether it's politics, technology, water, transportation, climate change, infill, or mixed-use, this cross-generational roundtable panel will share stories and experiences that will address today and tomorrow's planning challenges. There will be plenty of time for audience questions and participation, including breakout group discussions!

Please join us, bring a colleague of a different generation, and remember the lessons of the past, while keeping an eye on the goal of planning communities for a better future.

Cross-Generational Planning Exchange: Collaborating for a Better Future

Date: April 28, 2016

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: AECOM (2020 L Street, 4th Floor, Sacramento)

Cost: Free

Hosts: Stan Hoffman, APA PEN President and Tracey Ferguson, APA SVS Director

PEN Member Panelist: Janet Ruggiero, FAICP; Larry Mintier, FAICP; and Terry Rivasplata, AICP

Millennial/Gen X Panelists: Emily Hyland (Sacramento County), Matt Braughton (Kittelson & Associates), and Kacey Lizon (SACOG)

RSVP: Light food and beverage will be provided. Please let us know you're coming by emailing Tracey Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Planner Emeritus Network (PEN) is a subsidiary of the American Planning Association, California Chapter and was founded in 1995.  It is devoted to recognizing the efforts of those senior members of the planning profession who have contributed to California planning by their leadership and service to the profession.

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2016 APA SVS SPEAKER SERIES KICKS OFF - MAY 13

Registration is now open for the 2016 Speaker Series!

Click here to Register Now!

On the Pulse of Planning for Healthy and Equitable Communities

Grab your data, put on your Fitbit, warm up your stethoscope, and join our coalition of community planners, designers, and public health professionals to discuss how to keep our communities vital and fit now and into the future!

 

Planners and public health officials and practitioners have long understood that community design impacts the health of community members. As the importance of environmental health and equity is increasingly recognized, there are new opportunities for planners, public health professionals, government, and community stakeholders to collaborate on advocating for and creating healthier places while advancing the shared goals of livable, inclusive communities; increased mobility and access to resources; economic vitality and opportunity; and reduced pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The Sac Valley APA 2016 Speaker Series will use all six sessions to examine how planning and public health can integrate resources and actions to diagnosis, treat, prevent, benchmark, and celebrate the success of communities as they strive to improve the health of their residents, as well as that of their infrastructure and economy. Let us help cure what ails you!

First Session - Friday, May 13

Taking the Temperature for Community Health and Well-Being

Presenters:

  • Dan Woo, California Department of Public Health
  • Jonathan London, UC Davis
  • Brian Cole, UCLA
  • Ken Blankinship/Clint Kellar, Esri

What are the connections between the public health and planning professions? What instruments are available to check a community's "vital signs?" Public health and planning have shared a long and intertwined history, and despite each broadening their practice to different areas of expertise, there has been an increased "re-convergence" between the two, particularly surrounding health, the built environment, and climate change. Join us for this session to understand the connections between public health, planning, and the environment, with specific focus on climate change and health impacts; learn what the social determinants of health are and how to measure them; and acquire the access to the toolkit of data related to public health, for example GIS mapping, indicator projects, and other innovative tools to take a community's "temperature."

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2 AICP CM Credits per session pending

Time: All sessions are held from 8:30-10:30 am. Join us for coffee & networking from 8:00-8:30 am

Location: West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

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SAC STATE GEOGRAPHY DEPT. POSTER-PALOOZA - MAY 17

 

Every spring the Geography Department at Sacramento State presents "Poster-Palooza" or an event showcasing their geography students' research, including planning work from the Senior Research Seminar (Geography 190) and Applied GIS (Geography 163) courses. Come see what the next generation of geographers and planners are thinking about. The public is welcome. Are you a Sac State alumni, join us!

 

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Time: 4:00 -7:00 pm

Location: Alumni Center (near stadium)

Cost: Free

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CALIFORNIA ADAPTION FORUM - FALL 2016

 

Please join the Local Government Commission (LGC), in partnership with the State of California, at the second California Adaption Forum September 7-8, 2016 in Long Beach, CA. The two-day event will be the premiere convening for a multi-disciplinary group of 1,000+ decision-makers, leaders, and advocates to discuss, debate and consider how we can most effectively respond to the impacts of climate change. The Forum will feature:

  • A series of plenaries with high-level adaptation leaders
  • A variety of sessions on new legislation, resources and other essential topics
  • Regional project tours highlighting adaptation and resilience efforts
  • Pre-forum workshops on tools and strategies for implementing adaptation solution

Visit http://www.californiaadaptationforum.org/ to learn more and to sign up for updates today!

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MARCH 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

APA members faced ethical challenges presented in the National Case of the Year "The Big Box Comes to Town" on March 25 with a robust discussion centered around such ethical questions as "What should a Planning Director do when there is political pressure from the City Manager and City Council members to modify the staff recommendation?  "What should a consultant do when their own work was used as an example in their former firm's proposal to the City? What should the City do when two firms present the same examples?  This session fulfilled CM Ethics credits for both the last reporting period and the current period. Many thanks to the panel members and speakers!

The Sierra Division presented the Planner's Ski Day and Homewood Ski Area Master Plan Presentation on March 11 hosted by Homewood Ski Area and West Shore Café. Although the weather was rainy a few folks came out anyway and skied in the rain. As they say, "any day skiing is better than working!" The presentation was well attended with folks from as far away as Sacramento, the Foothill areas, South Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Truckee and Tahoe City areas. The presentation was followed by a mixer with appetizers provided by the APA Sacramento Valley Section, Sierra Division. We want to thank David Tirman, Executive Vice President of JMA Ventures, LLC for the presentation, as well as Homewood Ski Area for discounting lift tickets, and West Shore Café for use of their restaurant for the presentation and mixer. AICP members received 1.25 CM credits for attending the presentation. Stay tuned for upcoming events in the Sierra Division this Spring and Summer!

YPG and the Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) hosted a successful inter-association mixer on March 29th at Kupros, where over 20 planners and transportation folks mingled over drinks and appetizers.  Stay tuned for another joint program with YPT in June and for other inter-association opportunities this year!

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March 15, 2016
 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO CELIA McADAM - FAICP INDUCTION

Congratulations to the Sacramento Valley Section APA California member, Celia McAdam, AICP CTP, who will be inducted into the AICP College of Fellows on April 3, 2016, during APA's National Planning Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Election to a Fellow is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member. Fellows of AICP are honored in recognition of achieving excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. Called "one of the most important transportation officials in Northern California" by the Sacramento Bee, Celia has served as Executive Director of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency since 1998 and as the Executive Director of the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority since its formation in 2001. An expert in transportation funding, Celia has been recognized by her peers for her creativity in moving projects forward in spite of bureaucratic and technical obstacles, which has translated to nearly $2 billion of projects in operation today.

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CM CREDITS ETHICS TRAINING WORKSHOP - MARCH 25

Register today for the 2016 Ethics Training Workshop: "Ethical Challenges for the Sacramento Region." Here's an opportunity to earn 1.5 AICP Ethics CM Credits if you still need ethics credits for the 2014-2015 reporting period, want a head start on your 2016-2017 credits, or simply would like to come learn more about ethics in the planning profession.

This year's training will focus on case studies for young and experienced planners alike.  A panel of local planners from both the public and private sectors will introduce case studies and engage the audience in a discussion of possible solutions. Come join the conversation!

Date: Friday, March 25, 2016

Time: 9:00am to 10:30am (registration opens at 8:30am)

Location: AECOM (2020 L Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95811)

Cost: $15 (coffee will be provided)

See FLYER for more information.

Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethics-training-workshop-tickets-22423853349

Pay by check:

Make payable to "SVS-APA" and mail to:

Elaine Sledge, SVS-APA account manager

P.O. Box 1794, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Pay by credit card:

Call/email Elaine Sledge at 916-234-9329 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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YPG AND YPT HAPPY HOUR - March 29

Join YPG and YPT (Young Professionals in Transportation) for a joint Happy Hour! The SVS Young Planners invite all planners, colleagues, and friends of planners, including professionals of all ages, to Kupros Craft House on March 29 at 5:30 PM for a night of cross-networking. The more the merrier; we look forward to seeing you there!

Date:  Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Time:  5:30-7:00 PM

Location: Kupros Craft House (upstairs), 1217 21st Street (No Host Bar)

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HEALTHY PLANNING LEADERSHIP SERIES WEBINAR - March 30

This event is sponsored by the APA California and the Health Officers Association of California. This session will bring together Planning, Sustainability, and Public Health Experts to highlight the opportunities within land use planning to simultaneously plan for and address climate change as well as human health. CM credits available.

Date: March 30, 2016

Time: 11AM

Webinar Host: Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR)

Featuring Planning, Sustainability, & Public Health Experts

  • Michael McCormick, Senior Planner, OPR
  • Demetra McBride, Director of the Office of Sustainability and Climate, Santa Clara County
  • Linda Helland, Climate and Health Team Lead for the California Department of Public Health
  • Susan Stuart, Health Planner, Santa Clara County Public Health Department

Understand the basic science behind climate change, how it will effect community health at a local level, the connection between healthy and sustainable communities, the role of demographics and data to inform planning policy, opportunities to inform healthy planning, and understand the effects on certain communities. See FLYER for more information.

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SMUD 59th STREET REUSE PROJECT VISIONING WORKSHOP - APRIL 5

Join your fellow planners for a visioning workshop, overview presentation, and mini-design charrette in partnership with SMUD and Stonebridge Properties to explore future development reuse options of SMUD's 59th Street project (a 20-acre infill site, used as an industrial, corporation yard since 1946), including mixed-use and transit-oriented development (TOD) that will best support the surrounding residential and neighborhood-serving commercial uses.

Your input will inform the project team as they develop potential options for reusing and redeveloping the site. With other planners and experts, explore and brainstorm on planning best practices and development opportunities that balance project constraints within the specific neighborhood context. 1.5 CM Credits approved.

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: SMUD Building, 1708 59th Street, Building H, 2nd Floor (see flyer below for parking instructions)

Cost:$15 APA members / $25 non-members

Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smuds-59th-street-reuse-project-tickets-22706568959

See FLYER for more information and additional registration options. Deadline for registration is Thursday, March 31, 2016.

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SVS 2016 Awards Nominations AND CALL FOR JURORS- Due APRIL 8

Streamlined SVS APA Awards ApplicationNow Available! Nominate innovative plans and projects; distinguished APA members, agencies, and firms; and planning achievements in the Sacramento Valley Section.

Applicants need only to submit one CD-ROM or Flash drive (or email the entire submittal) of the following items:

  • completed application;
  • one page summary description;
  • award criteria;
  • letter(s) of support (optional, not required);
  • a digital copy of the project or plan or a link to a website; and
  • five digital images.

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Nominations for the APA SVS 2016 Planning Awards are due April 8, 2016. Materials received after this date will not be accepted and will not be returned.

Please visit http://www.svsapa.org/ for more information, or contact Awards Coordinator, Harriet Ross, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submit electronically, or send/drop off all application material to Harriet Ross, ESA, 2600 Capitol Avenue, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Descriptions of the following award categories can be found at the APA California Awards Program Policy: http://www.apacalifornia.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/APA-California-Awards-Policies-6.2015.pdf. All awards submittals must be in compliance with the policy.

  • Opportunity and Empowerment Award
  • Comprehensive Plan Award (Large/Small Jurisdiction)
  • Implementation Award (Large/Small Jurisdiction)
  • Innovation in Green Community Planning
  • Economic Planning and Development Award
  • Transportation Planning Award
  • Best Practices Award
  • Grassroots Initiative Award
  • Public Outreach Award
  • Urban Design Award
  • Planning Advocate Award
  • Planning Firm Award
  • Planning Agency Award
  • Emerging Planning and Design Firm Award
  • Advancing Diversity and Social Change
  • Academic Award
  • Communications Initiative Award
  • Planning Landmark Award
  • Planning Pioneer Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Distinguished Contribution Award
  • Section Activity Award
  • Planner Emeritus (PEN) Honor Award

Have you always wanted to serve as an Awards Juror for the SVS APA Awards Program? Now's your chance; the 5-person jury will be reviewing all award submittals, deliberating the merits of each submittal, and selecting a winner for each category. Award deliberations will be held on May 6, 2016 in Sacramento. Please send your resume to Harriet Ross, Awards Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. Nominations for Awards Jurors are due April 8, 2016.

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REGISTER NOW FOR PLANNING COMMISSIONER TRAINING - APRIL 16

The Sacramento Valley Section APA is hosting a Planning Commissioner Training that will include several engaging and expert speakers on a number of key topics that are critical for Commissioners to understand in order to make the best decisions possible for their communities. This training is a great opportunity for both new and established planning commissioners, in addition, other appointed officials and the public are welcome!

Date: Saturday, April 16

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Location: West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento

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Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch and breakfast snacks. Space is limited, please share this information and register now.

Register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/planning-commissioner-training-workshop-tickets-22119445858

Register by check:

Makechecks payable to "SVS-APA" and mail payment to:

Elaine Sledge, SVS-APA account manager

P.O. Box 1794, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Register by credit card:

Call/email Elaine Sledge at 916-234-9329 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information and questions, contact SVS Planning Commissioner Representative, Andrew Sturmfels, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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DEADLINE FOR GREAT PLACES IN CALIFORNIA AWARD NOMINATIONS - MARCH 18

This week! Submit your nomination for the APA California 2016 Great Places in California Awards. A "Great Place" in California is one that exemplifies character, quality, and excellent planning. It can be anywhere from the beach to the mountains, from a large city to a small community. It can be a vibrant downtown, a suburban gathering place, a historic small town, a public park, or preserved open space. Most important, it must be a place where people want to be!

Nominations are due Friday, March 18, 2016. Click here to submit. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Stevens, Great Places Award Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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ASCE LUNCHEON - CEQA/NEPA CHANGES AND IMPACTS - MARCH 22

ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) invites APA Sac Valley Section to a luncheon presentation "CEQA/NEPA Changes and Impacts" on March 22, with keynote speaker Daniel S. Cucchi, Abbot & Kindermann. FLYER

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Time: 11:30 AM Networking / Noon - 1:00 PM Lunch and Presentation

Location: Old Spaghetti Factory 1910 J St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Register: 

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eccybms3a79ca15d&oseq=&c=214f4dc0-d2f6-11e3-adc9-d4ae5275396f&ch=225bb4b0-d2f6-11e3-ae27-d4ae5275396f 

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DEADLINE FOR CM REPORTING / CM DISTANCE LEARNING AVAILABLE - APRIL 30

AICP members have until April 30th to continue earning and logging credits for the 2014-2015 reporting period. AICP members must complete 32 CM credits, including 1.5 CM credits, each, toward ethics and law. If you have earned the required credits but not yet logged them, we encourage you to do so now.

National and APA California have numerous resources for completing your credits, including the 2016 National Planning Conference in Phoenix April 2-5. Go to https://conference.planning.org/cm/ for more information.

You can also sign up for the distance education sessions via the APA California Chapter website available at: http://www.apacalifornia.org/professional-development/certified-maintenance/ under "Distance Education Opportunities," "Planning Webcast Series," and others, including new On-Demand Videos from APA California now available! FREE one-click previews of its entire on-demand video catalogue, including six new titles from the 2015 Oakland Conference are now available. Convenient, informative, inexpensive and timely, these videos are the next best thing to attending a live conference session. Let's get rid of those CM credit deficits! Click here to view video previews! You'll need to be an APA member to login to the APA California website to view.

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CALL FOR MAY 2016 AICP EXAM STUDY GROUP

If you are taking the May 2016 AICP Exam and want to join a study group, please contact Blake Roberts, Ph.D., AICP, SVS Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

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On February 17, 2016 YPG hosted a Student Networking Event in Davis where over 30 aspiring planners from UC Davis came out to this annual professional/student mixer at De Vere's in Davis. YPG members representing the public, private, and non-profit sectors were able to share their experiences as young professionals and answer students' questions about how to best prepare themselves for a career in the planning field.

 

On February 19, 2016 the SVS Cascade Division hosted a Winter Social Hour wherenearly 15 planners enjoyed an evening socializing at Maxwell's in downtown Redding. Attendees enjoyed pizza and drinks while discussing planning in the north state and the future of the Cascade Division. Thank you to all who attended and made it an enjoyable evening. If you would like to get more involved in north state planning and networking, contact Brett Walker, SVS Cascade Division Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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February 9, 2016
FEBRUARY 2016 Newsletter
 

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2016 APA STATE CONFERENCE CALL FOR SESSIONS - DUE FEB 10

Last call for sessions! The 2016 APA California Conference will be hosted by the Los Angeles Section at the Pasadena Convention Center. The APA California Chapter and the 2016 Conference Host Committee are seeking submittals consistent with the conference's theme of Crafting our Future - the Art of Planning. To submit a proposal, link here: http://www.memberleap.com/members/proposals/propselect.php?orgcode=APAC&prid=19231

Submissions Close: February10, 2016, 11:59PM

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AICP EXAM SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - DUE FEB 12 B

Apply today! The Sacramento Valley Section is awarding two $250 AICP Exam Scholarships to offset applicants' costs. The application is available at www.svsapa.org or by clicking on this APPLICATION LINK.

Due at 5pm, this Friday, February 12, 2016

If you have questions, please contact Blake Roberts, AICP, Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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YPG & STUDENT MIXER IN DAVIS - FEB 17

Attention aspiring and young planners in the Sacramento region! Join the APA Young Planners Group (YPG) and students in Davis for a fun and casual mixer.

Date: Wednesday, February 17th

Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM

Location: de Vere's Irish Pub (217 E Street, Davis, 95616)

Get to know young planning professionals in the Sacramento area and find out more about the YPG, a great resource for young graduates and planners. No host bar, but come for free food, networking, and a good time!

We'll see you there!

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CASCADE DIVISION - WINTER SOCIAL HOUR - FEB 19

Are you working in the Redding/Red Bluff or surrounding County areas? Come to the Cascade Division Winter Social Hour to meet up with fellow planners like you!

Date: Friday, February 19th

Time: 6:00 - 7:30PM

Location: Maxwell's Eatery, 1344 Market Street, Redding (in the back room area)

Appetizers will be provided with a no host bar. This will be an opportunity for all to meet, discuss member interests, provide input on potential future events, and find out more about what the Sacramento Valley Section has planned for the upcoming year.

Please RSVP to Brett Walker, APA SVS Cascade Division Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (530) 321-6130 by Friday, February 12th, if you plan on attending or have any questions.

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SIERRA DIVISION - PLANNERS SKI DAY AND HOMEWOOD MASTER PLAN PRESENTATION - FEB 24

Join the Sierra Division for a Planners Ski Day at Homewood Mountain Resort. Come ski from the morning to early afternoon for only $49. Afterwards, David Tirman, Executive Vice President of JMA Ventures will give a master plan presentation from 3-4:30 p.m. at the South Lodge of the Resort. The presentation is free and all are welcome. A mixer with a cash bar and appetizers will follow at the West Shore Café located across the street from Homewood's North Lodge.

The presentation will offer an overview of the planning and entitlement process for the Homewood Mountain Resort Ski Area Master Plan, one of only two such plans in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The planning and entitlement process took nearly four years, involved an extensive environmental impact review process and culminated with approvals from two separate governmental agencies: Placer County and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The presentation will focus on the business case behind the master plan; the importance of community outreach and input in the planning process; the benefits of infill development; architectural design and engineering focused on historic elements and green building criteria; alternative transportation initiatives; and the environmental and economic benefits of the master plan for the region.

Please RSVP by February 22nd to Suzanne Wilkins, APA SVS Sierra Division Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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SAVE THE DATE, AICP EXAM PREP WORKSHOP - MARCH 5

The Sacramento Valley Section will be offering a half-day AICP exam preparation workshop in the Sacramento area for the May 2016 exam on Saturday, March 5th. The workshop will cover all sections of the exam, AICP study guides, and practice exams. For more information, please contact Blake Roberts, Ph.D., AICP, Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the location and the time of the workshop.

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 CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS - APA STATE CONFERENCE COMING TO SAC IN 2017

The Sacramento Valley Section will be hosting the statewide conference in September 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The conference committee co-chairs will be having an informational session next month (March 9, 2016) to discuss opportunities to volunteer as a committee chair or work on a sub-committee. Please save the date! Details are forthcoming. Don't forget, if you would like to volunteer for a committee chair or to work on a sub-committee, we want to hear from you! Please email Jeannie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your contact information to get on the interest list.

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SECTION AWARDS NOMINATIONS - COMING SOON SPRING 2016

Call for awards nominations for 2016 is coming soon! We encourage everyone to start thinking about their awards submittals. If you have a great plan, project, or person deserving of recognition, the call for nomination for local and state APA awards is around the corner. Stay tuned, there will be more information on deadlines coming soon, but generally we call for submittals in March, submittals are due in April, then the Awards Jury meets in May and we notify the award winners also in May, in preparation to submit to the State by June 1, 2016.


 

Please see the APA California Chapter website for information on categories and criteria: http://www.apacalifornia.org/events/awards-program/

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WELCOME NEW SVS PROGRAMS COMMITTEE!

We are excited to announce our new Programs Committee members. This committee brings together SVS Board and non-board members alike to bring you thoughtful, educational and practical, yet inspiring, programs throughout 2016.

  • Christine Berglund
  • Elizabeth Boyd
  • Jamie Cutlip
  • Terry Ferris
  • John Powderly
  • Tracey Ferguson (Board member)
  • Julia Lave Johnston (Board member)
  • Jeannie Lee (Board member)
  • Brett Walker (Board member)
  • Claudia Stewart (Board member)
  • Suzanne Wilkins (Board member)
  • Heidi Gen Kuong (YPG Subcommittee and Board member)
  • Yassi Sarvian (YPG Subcommittee member)
  • Kendra Macias (YPG Subcommittee member)

Tricia Stevens, AICP, Past Section Director, will be coordinating the Programs Committee. If you'd like to organize a program or volunteer to help in 2016, please contact Tricia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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FACILITATION COURSES FOR PROFESSIONAL PLANNERS

Facilitation skills are essential for community workshops, project management and group consensus decision making. Two upcoming facilitation courses will be offered in the Sacramento region and they are approved by the American Institute for Certified Planners for 14.5 AICP CM.*

Course 1: Technology of Participation (ToP)® Facilitation Methods - Leadership Edition

Gain participatory leadership skills for fostering energized, productive, and meaningful group decision-making. Learn three proven ways to activate team participation: the Focused Conversation, the Consensus Workshop and the Action Planning Process. This hands-on practice helps you discover practical uses for facilitation in your life and work.  No pre-requisites are required. This is a three day course and costs $855.

Next Dates:  February 23-25; 2016, May 10-12, 2016; and September 13-15, 2016

Course 2: ToP Strategic Planning

ToP Strategic Planning process builds on your learning from the ToP Facilitation Methods course, showing you how to weave those methods into an integrated approach to strategic planning. The resulting plan is realistic, achievable, and easy to monitor. The course covers design, vision, barriers, strategies and implementation. Pre-requisite is required: ToP Facilitation Methods. This is a two day course and costs $645.


 

Next Date: October 4-5, 2016

For more information visit http://www.topspf.org/courses/ or call Nileen at 916-705-1203. If you mention that you are professional planner and receive a $50 discount on the course.

*ToP is an approved APA Certification Maintenance program provider (Provider: Institute of Cultural Affairs at https://conference.planning.org/cm/activities/ ).

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JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS

SVS APA Hosted the AWARDS CEREMONY on January 20 - where we presented 2015 Section and Merit Awards, Local Vision Awards, and the Legacy Award to Scot Mende, AICP (posthumously). Congratulations again to all the winners!

Section Award Winners:

  • East Bidwell Street Complete Streets Corridor Plan, City of Folsom - Award of Excellence in Transportation Planning
  • Coldstream Specific Plan, Town of Truckee - Award of Excellence in Comprehensive Planning - Small Jurisdiction
  • Southeast Policy Area Strategic Plan, City of Elk Grove - Award of Merit in Best Practices

Local Vision Awards:

  • Center for Land-Based Learning
  • Bing Kong Tong Restoration Project in the City of Isleton
  • Truckee Tahoe Airport District

The SVS would also like to extend many thanks to AECOM for use of their very accommodating office event space.

YPG PARTICIPATED IN MURAL EVENT January 22 - YPG kicked off the New Year with other emerging professionals from AIA, ASLA, SEAOC, USGBG and ULI to create a one-of-a-kind mural. The associations partnered with artists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel of LC Studio Tutto, who also gave a presentation on the amazing work they are doing around Sacramento. You can check out the finished piece at the AIA Central Valley office in Downtown Sacramento!

YPG joined the Franklin Boulevard Streetscape Celebration January 30 - YPG volunteered at the Franklin Blvd Streetscape Celebration last month, which was an event highlighting a $450,000 grant that the City of Sacramento recently received from SACOG to conduct a feasibility study on a portion of Franklin Blvd, that would reduce it from four to two lanes, as well as add bicycle lanes, landscaped medians, striped on street parallel parking and many more trees. YPG was on hand at the celebration to talk to the public about the importance of the complete streets and details on the project. Other highlights of the event included keynotes from Councilmember Jay Schenirer and Supervisor Phil Serna.

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SVS APA AWARD CEREMONY - JANUARY 20

Join us for the annual SVS APA Awards Ceremony scheduled for this Wednesday, January 20 from 5pm to 8pm at AECOM, 2020 L Street (4

th floor) in downtown Sacramento. SVS APA will be presenting Section Awards, Merits Awards, Local Vision Awards, and the Legacy Award, among other recognitions.

Cost: $20 for APA members and award winners / $30 for non-APA members

REGISTER

To register andpay by credit cardplease go to the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/svs-apa-awards-night-tickets-20066892616

Payment (cash/check) will also be collected at the door. Wine, beer, and appetizers will be served. Be sure also to bring your checkbook to take advantage of purchasing some raffle tickets for fun prizes to benefit local section student scholarships in the name of Scot Mende, AICP, Legacy Award recipient.

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YPG MURAL EVENT - January 22

Kick-off the New Year with YPG and other emerging professionals from AIA, ASLA, SEAOC, ULI, IIDA, and USGBC to create a one-of-a-kind mural.  We are thrilled to partner with exceptional artists

Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel of LC Studio Tutto to create a collaborative mural inspired by our shared interests and values.  The mural design will remain a secret until its unveiling the evening of the event! Enjoy a social mixer, refreshments, and a preview of the inspiring work of LC Studio Tutto. Then grab a paintbrush as we work together to bring the mural to life.

DATE: January 22, 2016
TIME: 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: LC Studio Tutto, 1609 Dreher Street, Unit A, Sacramento
COST: $10 for members of associations and $20 for non-members

For more information, see FLYER. Register at http://mural2016.bpt.me/ by January 20th

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AICP EXAM SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLY NOW

APA California Chapter and Sacramento Valley Section (SVS) will each award AICP Exam Reduced Fee Scholarships to offset applicants' costs.

If you have questions, please contact Blake Roberts, AICP, Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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SAVE THE DATE - PLANNERS SKI DAY AND PRESENTATION AT HOMEWOOD MOUNTAIN RESORT - February 24

The Sierra Division of the APA Sacramento Valley Section invites all Sacramento Valley Section members to attend a presentation by Homewood Mountain Resort discussing their proposed expansion on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. The presentation will begin tentatively at 2:00pm on February 24 at the South Lodge of Homewood Mountain Resort. A mixer will follow across the street at West Shore Café with cash bar and appetizers provided by the Sierra Division. Discounted lift tickets for $49 are available in the morning for those who want to take the day off from work and ski prior to the presentation.

More details will follow as the date gets closer. For more information, contact Sierra Division Director, Suzanne Wilkins, AICP, ENV SP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2016 BOARD ELECTION RESULTS!

Last month elections were held for three elected offices of the 2016 Sacramento Valley Section APA Board.  We are pleased to announce that Tracey Ferguson will be our new Section DirectorJeff Henderson, AICP, will serve another term as Secretary and Blake Roberts, AICP, will join the board as Professional Development Officer.

A new Program Committee has been formed and includes board members and non-members alike. Tricia Stevens, AICP, Past Section Director, will be coordinating the Programs Committee. If you'd like to organize a program for the SVS membership in 2016, please contact Tricia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2016 APA STATE CONFERENCE CALL FOR SESSIONS - Due February 10

We are less than a year away from the 2016 APA California Conference which will be hosted by the Los Angeles Section at the Pasadena Convention Center. The APA California Chapter and the 2016 Conference Host Committee are seeking submittals consistent with the conference's theme of Crafting our Future - the Art of Planning. Read the Call for Presentations FLYER for more information. To submit a proposal, link here: http://www.memberleap.com/members/proposals/propselect.php?orgcode=APAC&prid=19231

Submissions Close: February10, 2016, 11:59 pm.

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STATEWIDE APA CONFERENCE IS COMING TO SACRAMENTO IN 2017

Have you ever wanted to help out on an APA conference? Now is your chance! The Sacramento Valley Section will be hosting the statewide conference in September 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The co-chairs for this exciting event are Bob Lagomarsino, AICP, David Kwong, AICP, and Jeannie Lee, AICP. If you have any great ideas for the overarching conference theme and session topics, or if you would like to volunteer for a committee chair or to work on a sub-committee, we want to hear from you! Please email Jeannie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you all at the 2017 conference!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW AICP MEMBERS!

Sacramento Valley Section would like to congratulate and welcome the following members that passed the November 2015 AICP exam. The Section commends these new AICP members on their efforts.

Trina Blanchette, AICP (Redding)

Dimitri Antoniou, AICP (Sacramento)

Terry Farmer, AICP (Sacramento)

Heidi Gen Kuong, AICP (Sacramento)

Patricia Sussman, AICP (South Lake Tahoe)

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REMINDER! CM CREDITS / DISTANCE LEARNINGS AVAILABLE - APRIL 30TH DEADLINE

AICP members have a 4-month grace period to continue earning and logging credits for the 2014-2015 reporting period. AICP members must complete 32 CM credits, including 1.5 CM credits each toward ethics and law. If you have earned the required credits but not yet logged them, we encourage you to do so now.

National and State APA have numerous resources for completing your credits, if you haven't done so yet during the current cycle, including the 2016 National Planning Conference in Phoenix April 2-5. Go to https://conference.planning.org/cm/ for more information.

You can also sign up for the distance education sessions via the APA California Chapter website available at: http://www.apacalifornia.org/professional-development/certified-maintenance/ under "Distance Education Opportunities," "Planning Webcast Series," and others.

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CREATING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES: HOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE - JANUARY 25

Interested in learning more about what California's local and regional agencies are doing to prepare for and combat climate change? At this event you will hear from SACOG about their transportation climate adaptation plan for the Sacramento region including an analysis of climate impacts to the region's transportation infrastructure, an adaptation policy framework, and outlines steps necessary to begin implementing the plan; and Sacramento County on their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and implement sustainability best practices. The presentation is Monday, January 25 from 3:00-4:30 PM at Sacramento City Hall (915 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814).  The cost for MMANC Members is $5 and $10 for non-members.  Register at www.mmanc.org. For more information, see FLYER.

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A PRIMER ON WIRELESS SHOT CLOCKS: AB 57 - February 4

Please join SCAN on February 4, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at San Francisco City Hall, Conference Room 278, 1 Drive Carlton Goodlett Place, San Francisco, to hear about the wireless "shot clocks" and the "deemed granted" processes imposed on California local governments through the FCC's 2009 and 2014 rulings, AB 57 (which becomes effective 1/1/16), and Section 6409.  This series of legal requirements, taken together, encourages the expansion of wireless networks, but at what cost to local governments?  What changes to the processing of cell phone antennas and towers should be considered? This workshop is a primer for planners, public works professionals, and city attorneys on AB 57 that may create automatic approvals for brand new cell towers/antennas and collocations based on 150/90 day clocks. Information can be found at http://www.scannatoa.org/calendar.html. For more information, contact Javan Rad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cost: $50 for non-members before 01/28/16.

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DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

  • APA/AEP/TWS Annual HOLIDAY MIXER - DEC 10.

Sold out! This was one of the most well attended holiday events in recent past. We enjoyed holiday spirit, cheer, fun, and networking! Thanks too for all of those that donated non-perishable food items for our annual donation to the River City Food Bank.

  • APA-SVS NORTH VALLEY DIVISION HOLIDAY GATHERING - DEC 18 Thank you to all who attended the North Valley Division Holiday Gathering to celebrate the holidays and the changing of the year! We enjoyed the good cheer-despite the rain-and were jolly mingling with colleagues, friends, and family.Contact Claudia Stuart, AICP, Division Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to get more involved with the North Valley Division in 2016.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to get more information on the Sacramento Valley Section or volunteer, please contact Tricia Stevens, Section Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tracey Ferguson, Section Director Elect, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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