9:00AM – 5:00PM Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Drive, OAKLAND. Lunch provided. The 25th Anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake offers Bay Area residents and regional leaders an opportunity to inspire regional action for safer, more resilient communities. This commemorative public policy symposium offers an exciting and relevant time to engage in creating a more resilient, adaptive future in our communities. Bay Area thought leaders, community advocates, and elected officials will launch a three-year public policy program designed to spark quick recovery from future disasters and enact place-based action for a safer future in the places we call home. COST: $65 Elected Officials and staff from ABAG Member cities and counties, $75 general public, businesses, and attendees from non-member jurisdictions. For more information and to register, click here.
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, GHD Office, 2235 Mercury Way, Suite 150, SANTA ROSA. Lunch provided. This workshop will focus on the proposed amendments to the CEQA Guidelines specifying alternative ways for assessing transportation impacts mandated by SB 743. The proposed guidelines focus on the use of vehicle miles traveled and safety as impact metrics, and specifically preclude level of service as a metric, as a way to promote reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Speakers include Chris Mitchell, PE, Principal with Fehr & Peers; Christopher Calfee, Esq., Senior Counsel at OPR; and Chris Ganson, MCP, MS, Senior Planner at OPR. This event is FREE. RSVP by November 4, 2014 to Kristine Gaspar at at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM, City of Novato Administration Building, Second Floor Womack Conference Room, 922 Machin Avenue, NOVATO. North Bay Brown Bag event. With the lack of affordable housing options, accessory dwelling units (ADUs aka backyard cottages, in-law studios) are an increasingly popular form of alternative housing. The desire to “right-size” is growing among both millennials and older generations seeking a convenient lifestyle. Join us to learn about ADUs from a planning perspective. Jordan Harrison, Policy Planner with the City of Berkeley, will discuss the many considerations the City of Berkeley continues to confront as they reevaluate their ordnance on accessory dwelling units, including typical hurdles. Kevin Casey, CEO and Founder of New Avenue, will share best practices on the design and development of ADUs. This event is free. You may bring your lunch, dessert will be provided. RSVP by October 24th to Kristine Gaspar at email@example.com.
7PM, Bluestem Brasserie, 1 Yerba Buena Lane, SAN FRANCISCO. $30 per APA member, $35 per non-member, and $15 for students and unemployed. Join us for the 2014 APA CA Northern Section Holiday Party! As always, we will have a drawing for the California Planning Foundation to benefit students who are pursuing planning degrees. Raffle tickets can be purchased on the Eventbrite registration page or at the party. Please contact Florentina Craciun at (510) 874-3127 or at Florentina.firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate an item, simply contribute to CPF, or if you have any question regarding the party. RSVP by clicking here or by buying your ticket at the door. For registration at the door there will be an extra $5 charge, so register online to save money. See you there!
5:30PM-8PM, San Mateo Caltrain Station, 385 1st Avenue, SAN MATEO. Appetizers Provided at Happy Hour. Come join this exciting walking tour of Downtown San Mateo and learn about the efforts that are being undertaken to make this urban environment more pedestrian friendly and lively. The walking tour will cover the city of San Mateo’s Sustainable Streets Plan and the regional Grand Boulevard Initiative and includes speakers Ken Chin, city of San Mateo, Jessica Alba, Nelson\Nygaard, and Megan Channell, ICF International. Walking tour concludes with a Happy Hour mixer at 7PM at Three Bar and Restaurant, 50 E. Third Aveune in downtown San Mateo. Event is free. To RSVP “click here”. For more information email Marco Arguelles (Marcoarguelles21@gmail.com) or Jason Su (email@example.com).