Northern News


A publication of the American Planning Association, California Chapter, Northern Section

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Who’s where

Michael P. Cass recently joined the City of Dublin as Principal Planner. Before Dublin, Cass was principal planner of Long-Range & Sustainability Policy with the City of Concord (2016-2019) and a planner with the City of Lafayette (2004-2016). He holds a B.A. in communication from St. Mary’s College of California and a certificate in land use and environmental planning from UC Davis Extension. Cass serves as an Advisory Board Member for Sustainable Contra Costa and is Northern Section’s Treasurer.

Matt Kawashima is now Project Manager at OpenCounter, a firm that builds online permitting software that lets applicants calculate the permit requirements for their projects and apply for permits online. Over the previous eight years, Kawashima was an environmental analyst with Contra Costa County, a transportation research assistant at USF’s School of Management, a planner/assistant project manager at LSA, and an assistant planner with Denise Duffy & Associates. He holds a master of public administration from the USF School of Management and a B.S. in city and regional planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Kawashima is Northern Section’s Social Media Coordinator.