See how planning is done in São Paulo, Brazil

Interested in how planning is done in Brazil’s largest metropolitan? As part of the Northern Section’s international collaboration program with the municipality of São Paulo, English subtitles were added to their impressive video below – highlighting São Paulo’s recently adopted Master Plan.

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New On-Demand Videos from APA California

APA California is offering free one-click previews of its entire on-demand video catalog — including six new titles from the 2015 Oakland Conference. 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!

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UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design – Now Accepting Summer Applications

We’re excited to announce that the application portal for 2016 CED Summer Programs is now open!

The College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley offers several introductory summer programs for those interested in exploring the fields of city and regional planning, urban design and environmental planning.

Visit the CED Summer Programs page for more information about both programs and details on how to apply.

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Conference Mobile App


Heading to the 2015 APA California Conference? Make sure you show up prepared with the conference mobile app. You’ll get the full conference schedule including speakers, maps, session details as well as the ability for AICP members to complete the CM conference evaluation form digitally; create your own personalized “My Schedule” containing events, mobile workshops, and sessions that you wish to attend; and, receive updates and news from the Conference Host Committee – all in the palm of your hand!

After you download the mobile app, log in with the email address provided during your conference registration. The password is “apacaconf15”.





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Available Board Positions

The Board of APA California – Northern is seeking interested individuals for two positions:

  • Communications Director
  • Planning Commissioner Representative
  • Associate Newsletter Editor
  • San Francisco Reginal Activity Coordinator (RAC)

Please review the Northern Section By-Laws for a description of each position. If interested in one of these positions please contact Erik S. Balsley, AICP, Section Director-Elect, at by October 21, 2015.

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Our Newsletter Wants Your Photos!

Northern News invites you to submit photos for its magazine cover and for its “Where in the world” feature. The newsletter uses a cover photo and a WITW photo 10 times each year. Cover photos will be cropped to square format and should be at least 3000 pixels wide. The subject can be anything of planning interest in our Northern Section (Del Norte to Monterey County, plus the Bay Area). WITW photos may show any urban-scape directly related to our field or practice, anywhere in the world, and should be at least 1200 pixels wide. Check our archives at here to see photos used in past issues. Send your JPEGs or TIFFs to “Editor” at

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2014 Northern Section Elections

The 2014 APA California Northern Section Election ballot is now available. The elected Board positions on the ballot are Director-Elect and Administrative Director. Voting is now open and closes on November 30th. We encourage all members to take a few minutes to review the nominee statements published in the November 2014 issue of Northern News. Make your voice heard and VOTE!

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2014 Northern Section Holiday Party

The APA California – Northern Section Holiday Party is around the corner, and if you haven’t bought your tickets, make sure to do that now! This year’s event will be held this Friday, November 21, 2014 in San Francisco at Bluestem Brasserie. As always, we will have a drawing for the California Planning Foundation to benefit students who are pursuing planning degrees. For event details and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Planning Commissioner Training Workshops

The Northern Section was proud to sponsor and organize a series of four free Planning Commissioner Training Workshops in Spring 2013. The workshops were well attended and taught by experienced professional planners. Planning Commissioners can view the workshop PowerPoint presentations at We hope to offer another workshop series in 2014.

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Membership Director Sought

The Board is seeking a dedicated individual to serve as Membership Director and improve membership services. Please see below for more information.  Nominations will be open until March 31, 2013.


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