In February, YEP will be hosting a walking tour of recent and in-progress developments in the City of West Sacramento. The tour will include stops at office developments, multifamily projects, historic buildings adapted for modern uses, a bridge conversion to allow more bike and pedestrian facilities, and even an urban farm. David Tilley, Principal Planner, and Seamus Laffey, Senior Planner, with the City of West Sacramento, will lead the tour and share the fascinating stories behind these projects. Afterwards, all are welcome to stay to continue the conversation at the quaint (and delicious) Tree House Café.
To register for the Walking Tour, visit YEP’s Eventbrite.
To kick-off the year, YEP hosted an event dedicated to the AICP Certification process.
The event provided current and potential AICPs with the opportunity to meet other planning professionals and learn about the benefits and processes of AICP certification. Kendra Ramsey, AICP, SVS-APA’s Director of Professional Development, held a presentation and invited current AICPs to share their reflections and experience. The presentation portion of the event was streamed via Facebook Live on YEP’s Facebook page.
YEP’s first Planner Pint Night of 2022 featured a panel discussion on the intersection of workforce development and sustainability planning. Featured speakers included:
The speakers discussed their work on this topic, including examples of workforce development projects focused on sustainability, as well as how planners can better promote and support this work.
This event was recorded via Zoom. Link to the recording is available here.
In June, YEP and SVS-APA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee invited Sacramento’s Emerging Planners and the broader svs-APA Community to network, meet new friends, and celebrate Pride Month at Bear Dive.
On October 13, YEP hosted a virtual happy hour to discuss Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT)’s Annexations. The event featured a panel discussion with Jamie Adelman, Acting Vice President of Finance and CFO at SacRT and James Drake, Principal Planner at SacRt, who provided insight into organizational and political considerations and operational and implementation details of the annexations.
In October, YEP hosted a walking tour of the Mirasol Village Redevelopment Project, a transformative effort to redevelop the Twin Rivers public housing community and its surrounding neighborhood by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, community-based organizations, and residents.
On this tour, attendees met for a morning beverage at Milka Coffee Roasters, biked to the site through the community’s new connections to transit, then walked the Village to learn about the project’s development, implementation, and vision for the future.
Special thank you to Celia Yniquez, Program Manager at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, and Sam Greenlee, Executive Director, and Joe Robustelli, Neighborhood and Empowerment Program Manager at Alchemist Community Development Corporation for sharing their important work on this project!
On December 15, all were welcome at YEP’s Winter Happy Hour at Urban Roots Brewery and Smokehouse to meet new friends and celebrate the holiday season!
All attendees were treated to appetizers, and guests had a great time admiring each other’s ugly holiday sweaters.
On March 24, all were welcome for YEP’s “Water Cooler Chat”, a space for casual chats about emerging planning topics and the hot gossip of the planning world. This chat focused on residential zoning reform.
In March, YEP hosted a Young Planners Trivia Night for young planners across the Sacramento Valley Section to meet, compete, and unwind after work. Participants played in teams of four to compete and solve three rounds of planning-related, pop culture, and mystery questions.
On April 22, YEP hosted a discussion on Better Buses, Better Cities by Steven Higashide (2019).
“Transit expert Steven Higashide shows us what a successful bus system looks like with real-world stories of reform—such as Houston redrawing its bus network overnight, Boston making room on its streets to put buses first, and Indianapolis winning better bus service on Election Day. Higashide shows how to marshal the public in support of better buses and how new technologies can keep buses on time and make complex transit systems understandable.Higashide argues that better bus systems will create better cities for all citizens. The consequences of subpar transit service fall most heavily on vulnerable members of society. Transit systems should be planned to be inclusive and provide better service for all. These are difficult tasks that require institutional culture shifts; doing all of them requires resilient organizations and transformational leadership.”
On May 6, YEP hosted a panel discussion exploring how COVID-19 hs changed the hiring process, common mistakes to avoid, and what you can do to stand out on paper and in virtual interviews. Featured panelists included:
In June, all were welcome at YEP’s first ever virtual game night, an opportunity to unwind and meet other young and emerging planners in the Sac Valley Region.
On September 25, YEP hosted a walking tour of the Stockton Boulevard Corridor – the site of the “Stockton Boulevard Plan”. The Plan, a partnership with the City of Sacramento, community residents, business owners, landowners, and various organizations, aims to strengthen the Corridor as a vital core for the surrounding neighborhoods and region.
The Walking Tour highlighted the Plan’s collaborative and inclusive planning process, as well as the City and its partner’s shared vision for the space. Three project partners joined us for the event:
At the end of the tour, Attendees enjoyed a Lunch & Learn at Stockton Boulevard’s Little Saigon!
In November, YEP hosted an in-person hapy hour at SacYard in Sacramento. The event was attended by numerous emerging planners, as well as other sac valley-APA section members, students, and young professionals.
On November 17, YEP hosted an informational workshop on data’s role in transportation planning. The workshop’s panelists explored how data is collected, common challenges in data collection and application, and its various uses in real-life planning.
Featured speakers included:
YPG had a fantastic evening this month learning about how the City of Sacramento is implementing and integrating environmental justice into its General Plan Update and Climate Action Plan. Thank you to our speakers who were able to provide insight on this important topic. Keep up with YPG for more events like this!
We rang in 10 years of YPG on October 10th in style at Cafeteria 15L. Past and present YPG subcommittee members and supporters of YPG came together to celebrate the first YPG in nation and its successful decade of programming, networking, and support for emerging professionals in the Sacramento area. We also honored the inaugural winners of the Emerging Planner Award. Thanks to all who have made YPG what it is today! Cheers to the next 10 years!
YPG joined YLG (of ULI), EPG (of ASLA), and the Capital Science Communicators in hosting a professionals happy hour on September 25th at Bottle and Barlow. Folks had the opportunity to network with professionals from diverse backgrounds ranging from planning, housing, landscape design, land use development, and more in the Sacramento region. We were fortunate to enjoy one of the last warm days of the season with cold drinks, light snacks, and our attendees' smiling faces! Thanks to everyone who participated, keep an eye out for future joint events!
On Wednesday, August 14th, YPG held a Planners Pint Night at Kupros Craft House. We heard from wildfire planning experts Edie Hannigan, statewide Land Use Planning Policy Manager at CAL FIRE/Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, and Juliana Lucchesi, Mayor for the City of Dunsmuir, City Planner for the City of Mt. Shasta in Siskiyou County. They spoke about the role of the planner in addressing wildfire risks before, during, and after a wildfire event. With good participation, and discussion throughout the event, these speakers provided excellent insight into how planners can work to educate the public, and contribute to addressing wildfire risks in our day-to-day work.
On Wednesday, July 17, YPG sat down with Jessica Law (Chief Deputy Executive Officer, Delta Stewardship Council) at Sac Yard Community Tap House. Jessica led an engaging dialogue on land use planning for the Delta, taking YPG through the Delta’s history, the intersection of scientific research and planning, the coordination of stakeholders across the State, and planning for the future in the face of climate change. The conversation was enjoyed over appetizers and beers from Sac Yard’s wide selection of local brews.
YPG was joined by Katie Yancey, Community Investment Manager for the City of West Sacramento’s Economic Development and Housing Department, and Tristan Osborn, Project Manager for MIG to discuss the special intersection of economic development and placemaking. Drake’s at the Barn provided a perfect venue for the discussion with displays and examples all-around of excellent planning work and engaging placemaking interventions. Thank you to those who joined us for a beautiful June Planners Pint Night. We hope to see you at the next one!
On Saturday, June 8th, YPG joined the North Valley Division for a hike at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve. The hike was led by Jon Aull, Outdoor Education Coordinator for the reserve, who provided some of the history of the reserve and discussed management strategies such as prescribed burning and habitat restoration to reduce soil erosion. The weather was perfect for the hike, and we had a great time with planners from Chico, Butte County, and Redding!
YPG and community members had a great time exploring and learning about the history, current challenges, recent improvements, and upcoming projects along Del Paso Boulevard. Participants played Boulevard Bingo along the walk and enjoyed brews and food at King Cong Brewery at the end of the walk. Thank you to those who were able to make it out despite the date change - we sure enjoyed the beautiful weather!
YPG along with YPE and YPT hosted a happy hour on April 25th at Device Brewing Company at the Ice Blocks. We packed the outdoor patio and had the chance to network with other emerging professionals from organizations outside of the planning realm. The event was accompanied by great warm weather and smiling faces as attendees enjoyed snacks and cold beverages. Thanks to everyone who participated, be sure to keep an eye out for more joint events in the future!
YPG held a Planners Pint Night: Student Mixer at de Vere's in downtown Davis. Matt Dulcich, AICP, Director of Environmental Planning and Local Government Relations Manager for UC Davis spoke about his role with the campus Long Range Development Plan. He explained how the campus makes predictions on future enrollment and his role in preparing the campus for those students. Chris Mundhenk, Environmental Principal from Ascent Environmental spoke about the environmental review process for the LRDP. He touched on anticipating setbacks throughout the CEQA process and how to stay on track with such a large project. The event was enjoyed by both students and young professionals alike!
On March 26th, YPG heard from two experts in the built environment and epidemiological field about how individual and community well-being is derived from and impacted by the communities we live in. We explored how historic disinvestment in communities have created disparities in both physical health and mental health, limiting access to opportunity. We discussed the role of planners today in building and retrofitting communities for resilience and gained insights into ways to only engage, but partner with communities to tackle these challenges through planning.
On Thursday, March 7th, YPG held a Planners Pint Night at Bike Dog Brewing. We heard from Marco Gonzalez and Ellen Sullivan, Development Project Managers with the City of Sacramento. They spoke about the work being done by the City Manager’s Office of Economic Development and Innovation, focusing on the ongoing Waterfront Idea Makers program and the current competition to submit ideas to reimagine the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Be sure to vote for your favorite entry from now until March 20 on the City website.
On February 6th, YPG hosted an info session at UC Davis campus. Students across various planning and sustainability majors stopped by to learn more about YPG’s activities, the benefits of joining APA (including free membership for students!) and scholarships to attend the upcoming National Planning Conference in San Francisco.
On Thursday, January 31, YPG hosted a Planners Pint Night at Alaro Brewing Company. Speakers Gail Feenstra (Food Systems Coordinator for Food and Society, UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute), Trish Kelly (Managing Director, Valley Vision), and David Shabazian (Rural-Urban Connections Strategy Manager, SACOG) provided engaging dialogue on issues related to food systems and sustainability in the Sacramento Region, as well as food for thought on what can be done to improve our existing systems. Over 50 people, including members of the California Planning Roundtable, joined the conversation that night, and enjoyed drinks and farm-to-table appetizers from Alaro's kitchen. Alaro's Head Chef, Jason Azevedo, also made a guest appearance at the beginning to chat about their food philosophy!
We joined our friends from planning-related professions at Constructing the Future to hear about exciting plans for some of Sacramento’s Property and Business Improvement Districts (PBIDs), including the River District, Stockton Boulevard, Del Paso Boulevard, and Greater Broadway. Presentations covered affordable housing projects, commercial corridor redevelopments, and riverfront utilization. We can’t wait to see these PBID plans in action!
On November 29th, YPG hosted the last Planners Pint Night of 2018! Paul Zykofsky, Associate Director of Local Government Commission gave an engaging presentation on how design can influence public safety and sustainability. This method, often known as CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design), has transitioned to looking beyond just crime to how we can improve the quality of life for all residents in every community. With the transition has come the need for planners, architects, business personnel, law enforcement, and others to be well versed in understanding the effects the built environment can have on those who live there. Decisions such as lighting, setbacks, zoning, and landscaping may seem minor when looked at individually but when put together can transform a community. YPG was excited to see so many new faces for the event and are looking forward to another great year in 2019.
October is planning month! At this Planners Pizza Night, we'll be sitting down with Professor N. Claire Napawan, PhD on campus at UC Davis to discuss her recent work titled, "Women's Work: Eco-feminism and Sustainable Environments." As Professor Napawan writes in her article, "Women spend an average of 260 minutes on unpaid domestic labor daily (as compared to 80 minutes for men)—an imbalance that grows more pronounced in developing nations. The full import of domestic decisions on sustainability is evidenced in studies on the relationship between diet and climate change, which have demonstrated that the action with the single greatest impact on our environmental footprint is to eliminate beef from our diet, more so than reducing vehicle miles traveled or even long-distance flights." Read the full article here.
Have you read Sacramento’s newest creative economy plan? At our latest Planners Pint Night, YPG dove into the plan and its incredible outreach efforts in a lightning-paced process with City of Sacramento Director of Cultural and Creative Economy, Jonathon Glus and Community Engagement consultant, Matt Hertel, AICP. We’re excited to see this plan become a reality! Check it out here.
On August 16th, YPG hosted a Vision Zero Update happy hour at New Helvetia Brewery with a presentation by Jennifer Donlon Wyant and Andrew Hart, both staff members in the Active Transportation division at the City of Sacramento. The presentation started with a brief background description of what Vision Zero is and how the City is addressing vehicle and pedestrian related collisions in Sacramento. This was followed with an update on how the program is doing and how the Active Transportation division is spreading the word on the city-wide effort. After their presentation, a round of questions was given for those attending the happy hour. Lots of interesting questions came up related to public outreach programs, how new rideshare and multi-modal businesses (i.e., JUMP) are affecting transportation through out the city, and what’s being done in problem areas of the City.
At YPG’s latest Planners Pint Night, we heard from Melinda Coy and Sohab Mehmood from the California Department of Housing and Community Development about the landmark 2017 Legislative Housing Package. Attendees learned about some of the innovative strategies in the Housing Package which will help streamline and deliver new housing in communities throughout California. Be sure to check out their website for more information!
Thanks to everyone who came out on the YPG Bike Tour! We pedaled around (with some e-assistance from JUMP) to the Bridge District, the Mill at Broadway, and Crocker Village with fantastic speakers from the project teams. After the tour we enjoyed some Track 7 beer in Curtis Park while discussing the exciting changes happening around Sacramento.
Members of APA had a fun and engaging evening at the Sacramento Inter-Association (SIA) of Emerging Professionals Summer Scavenger Soiree! Teams enjoyed an industry related scavenger hunt, followed by drinks and Chando’s Taco’s on the CalFit Rooftop Lounge.
YPG enjoyed the nice spring weather at our May happy hour with our friends at YPT and YPE, while contributing to the Big Day of Giving at Biergarten in Midtown. Keep an eye out for more joint YPG/YPT/YPE events in the future!
On Friday, April 20th a group of UC Davis students joined us at the Indigo Architects' office building on 5th Street in downtown Davis. The building, which had previously existed as a Dairy Queen, was adapted into an incredible space that currently operates at Zero Net Energy due to design features including south-facing orientation, straw wall insulation, and passive cooling through concrete flooring and water-filled columns. In addition to showing us the building, Indigo Architects shared information about their current projects and the synergies between architects and planners in the built environment.
On April 17th, Senior Planner and Legal Counsel Chris Ganson and Jeannie Lee from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research joined us to provide an overview of the CEQA update process and the transition of transportation metrics from LOS to VMT. The group enjoyed the presentation and had a great following discussion about the details of the new transportation metric and its impact on health, communities, and future development.
YPG teamed up with Carvalho Family Winery on Saturday April 7 to tour the Old Sugar Mill and learned the history of the facility as well as the wine-making process. We enjoyed wine tasting, bread, and cheese while catching up with old friends and making new connections!
On Thursday, March 15th, YPG gathered at Bike Dog for good beer and discussion on the recent cannabis laws. Paul Junker, Associate Vice President of the Michael Baker International - Sacramento Office and long time Sacramento-area Planner, headed up the lively discussion on the varied approaches cities and counties are taking to regulate and permit medical and recreational cannabis. Thanks to Paul and our attendees!
YPG hosted its first Happy Hour of the year at LowBrau. Members enjoyed lively conversations while sipping some highly-coveted Pliny the Younger ale.
YPG caught up with fellow your and emerging professionals at the River Cats game last week. Keep an eye out for an upcoming bowling night hosted by the Sacramento Inter-Association this fall!
We had a fantastic turnout at our Old Sacramento Walking Tour, with a diverse range of participants and young planners in attendance. Thanks to all who came, asked great questions and stuck around for a quick drink after. Special thanks to Brooksie Hughes and Scott Ford of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, and Richard Rich and Carson Anderson of the City of Sacramento for showing YPG how Sacramento's most historic neighborhood is turning into Sacramento's hippest neighborhood!
YPG joined architects, landscape architects, engineers, and green building professionals on a lovely spring saunter along R Street on April 2nd. 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!
We had a great turnout on April 18th at our Davis student mixer! 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 us!
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!
Last month YPG co-hosted an inter-association mixer with other emerging professionals from AIA, ASLA, SEAOC, and USGBG that featured a can drive for the Sacramento Food Bank, a funky scarf competition, and a game night. Attendees were able to mingle with young professionals outside their field while also giving back to the community through canned good donations. The event drew over 40 people and the organizations plan to co-host another event in the spring. Check back soon for updates!
On October 18th YPG members spoke with future planners from various planning-related majors at UC Davis. We shared our experiences as a young (or experienced) professional and the transition from school to the workplace.
There was a great turnout at the Planners Pint Night on September 21st, where Helen Selph from the City of Sacramento joined us at the Federalist to talk about the City's urban agriculture ordinances in honor of the upcoming Farm-to-Fork festival. She spoke about two main ordinances - the Urban Agriculture Ordinance and Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance - providing a history of urban ag in Sacramento and what steps the City has taken to accommodate and incentivize agriculture within City boundaries. The group was very excited to hear from her and were engaged with many questions about the ordinances!
On Wednesday August 31stYPG 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!
YPG had a mid-summer mixer at Tank House on July 28th, where YPG members came together to enjoy drinks, appetizers, and to escape the boiling heat!
YPG kicked off the summer with other emerging professionals from AIA, ASLA, SEAOC, USGBG and ULI in a first time inter-association networking and social event. The party featured an interactive hands-on vision board where members of each association could share their thoughts for development and neighborhood improvement throughout Sacramento. The event included food from local Sacramento businesses, lawn games, networking opportunities, and lots of fun!
On June 4th YPG joined our friends at YPT for a special tour of the Western Railway Museum. This co-hosted event featured 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!
On May 24th YPG held a Pint Night to discuss 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 was on hand to explain the project and ways to offer support and get more involved.
YPG hosted a Bike Tour 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.
Over 45 UC Davis students came out for YPG's Planning Professional Panel. 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 Gerkin (AECOM), Curtis Ailing (Ascent Environmental), Tricia Stevens (County of Sacramento), and Reza Navai (CalTrans). Thank you to everyone who made this such a successful event!
On March 29th, YPG and YPT (Young Professionals in Transportation) had a joint Happy Hour at Kupros Craft House. We spent the evening networking and taking some time for fun.
On February 17th YPG hosted a Student Networking Event 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 January 30th YPG volunteered at the Franklin Blvd Streetscape Celebration, 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.
YPG kicked-off the New Year with other emerging professionals from the American Institute for Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). On January 22nd at LC Studio Tutto young professionals grabbed a paintbrush to help create a one-of-a-kind mural. YPG was 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.
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