Day: March 19, 2022

APA California call for 2022 Awards jurors

APA California call for 2022 Awards jurors

The Chapter is looking for enthusiastic individuals willing to dedicate some time to our profession by serving on the APA California 2022 Awards Jury. Jurors will review and evaluate some of the finest planning work in California, and together will determine the winners.

If you would like to be considered to serve on this jury, please email the following to awards@apacalifornia.org no later than Friday, April 15, 2022:

  • Your name and contact information
  • A short résumé or biography

You can find information about the 2022 APA California Awards here.

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In search of an interviewer

In search of an interviewer

Northern News is looking for a volunteer with strong writing skills to partner with Catarina Kidd, AICP, as guest writer for the widely-read “Meet a local planner” column. You will identify interview subjects, conduct interviews, and write several of the columns featuring accomplished planners throughout our northern California membership. It’s a fun way to meet other planners.

To apply, send your résumé and a writing sample to news@norcalapa.org with the subject line “MALP guest writer.”

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Call for Session Proposals, APA California Conference, extended two weeks

Call for Session Proposals, APA California Conference, extended two weeks

The Conference Host Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a session at this year’s event in Anaheim. This will be the first in-person conference in three years, and will surely be an engaging program of sessions and activities. Now is your opportunity to contribute to making that happen. To find out more about the proposal process, visit the conference website.

When you are ready to submit a proposal, click here.

The deadline to submit proposals HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2022, so you have two more weekends to prepare proposals! If you have any questions about the process, please email Sessions2022@apacalifornia.org.

The APA California 2022 Conference Programs Committee looks forward to receiving your proposal and then seeing you (in person) in Anaheim!

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Most workers who quit in 2021 felt disrespected; cite low pay, no opportunities to advance

Most workers who quit in 2021 felt disrespected; cite low pay, no opportunities to advance

By Kim Parker and Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Pew Research Center, March 9, 2022

“A new Pew Research Center survey finds that low pay, a lack of opportunities for advancement, and feeling disrespected at work are the top reasons why Americans quit their jobs last year. The survey also finds that those who quit and are now employed elsewhere are more likely than not to say their current job has better pay, more opportunities for advancement, and more work-life balance and flexibility.

“For the most part, men and women offer similar reasons for having quit a job in the past year. But there are significant differences by educational attainment.

“College graduates are more likely than those with less education to say that compared with their last job, they are now earning more (66 percent vs. 51 percent) and have more opportunities for advancement (63 percent vs. 49 percent). In turn, those with less education are more likely than college graduates to say they are earning less in their current job (27 percent vs. 16 percent) and that they have fewer opportunities for advancement (18 percent vs. 9 percent).”

Earnings after college Pew graphic

Read the full article here.

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Now YOU can join our Northern Section Board

Now YOU can join our Northern Section Board

By Michael Cass, Director-elect, Northern Section

Do you want to be more involved with APA? Do you want to serve your fellow Northern Section members? If you are ready to build your professional skills, consider joining your Northern Section Board in one of our vacant positions:

  • Distance Education Coordinator
  • Events Program Manager
  • Marketing and Sponsorship Manager
  • Mid-Career Planners Group Director
  • Northern News Associate Editors

What’s in it for you?

  • Have a strategic impact on the Section’s direction
  • Collaborate with your peers
  • Grow your network of local planning professionals
  • Build your skillset
  • Enrich your résumé
  • Meaningfully give back to the planning profession
  • Have fun
  • Make new friends
  • Mentor future generations of planners
  • Celebrate leaders in the industry.

Click here to read more about these positions and how to apply.

If you are interested, send your résumé to me, Michael Cass, at directorelect@norcalapa.org. Tell me why you’d be a great fit. Feel free to include examples. If you have any questions before applying, I’ll be glad to answer them.

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Who’s where

Who’s where

Jonathan Atkinson, who had been an associate planner for the City of Fairfield from 2016 to 2019 and then a senior planner for Vallejo, is back in Fairfield as a Senior Planner. Atkinson holds a master of city and regional planning from CalPoly – San Luis Obispo, and a BA in sociology and criminal justice studies from San Francisco State University. In his free time, he enjoys photography, hiking, exploring new places, and attending festivals and sports events.

Ozzy Arce, formerly Associate Trans­porta­tion Plan­ner with the City of Walnut Creek, is now with the City of Palo Alto as Senior Trans­porta­tion Planner. As project manager for long-range trans­porta­tion planning plans and projects, Arce will be leading the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan update, managing the design of new active transportation facilities and serving as staff liaison to the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. He holds a master’s in public administration from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s in community and regional development from UC Davis.

Portrait of Griffen Dempsey.Griffen Dempsey has joined the City of San Pablo as an As­sis­tant Plan­­ner. He has two years’ ex­per­ience in cus­tomer relations as a representative for UC San Diego Transportation Services where he helped students, employees, and visitors with parking, public transit, cycling, and more. Dempsey is a Bay Area native, raised in Daly City, and loves studying and learning about cities, exploring them on foot or on his bike. A graduate of UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning, Dempsey enjoys photography, creating films, and games and puzzles of all kinds. He also enjoys travel and the outdoors and spent November 2021 in Nepal on a three-week, 100-mile trek in the Himalayas.

Samuel De Perio Garcia has just returned to the Bay Area from Portland to be­come an Environ­mental Plan­ner II with the Bay Area Air Quality Manage­ment District. Garcia has spent the last several years working with various stakeholders and varied forms of governance in some of Oregon’s largest housing, transportation, and land use projects. Growing up in the Bay Area as a mixed-race child of immigrants, navigating both poverty and privilege, he was the first in his family to access higher education and advocacy. He holds a master’s in urban and regional planning from Portland State University and a BS in bioengineering from UC Merced. In his free time, Garcia enjoys traveling internationally, backpacking around alpine rivers and lakes, and volunteering his time to local diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives through his local church and other groups.

Coleman Frick is now a Senior Planner at the City of Union City, after four years with the City of Concord, most recently as senior planner. Pre­vious­ly, he held posi­tions at the Town of Moraga for three years, in SFMTA’s Sus­tain­able Streets Di­vi­sion for one year, and as an urban forester in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for four years. Frick holds a master’s in city and regional planning from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, and a BA in environmental studies from Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida.

Michelle Her­nandez, whose inter­dis­ci­plin­ary training in­cor­po­rates sus­tain­able design and en­viron­mental policy in the context of plan­ning, is now a Planner/Designer for Raimi + Associates. Experienced in zero waste and environmental research, Hernandez has worked on projects mapping gentrification and climate-related investments for the Urban Displacement Project and has furthered zero waste programs at UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center. She is accredited as a LEED Green Associate and holds a BA in sustainable environmental design from UC Berkeley.

Omar Masry, AICP, who has worked for the City and County of San Francisco since 2013, has been promoted to Multi-family Af­ford­able Project Man­ager with the Mayor’s Office of Hous­ing and Com­munity Develop­ment where his focus will be on the fi­nancing of large-scale afford­able housing in the city. Masry served as a senior analyst with the San Francisco Office of Short-Term Rentals, and as the City’s Wireless Planner. He holds a real estate broker license in both California and Colorado and has worked as an assistant property manager for a low-income housing community in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Sacramento. Masry, who holds a bachelor’s in business finance from CSU Northridge, served nine years with the US Army Special Operations Command, 1997-2005.

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About Northern News

About Northern News

The American Planning Association, California Chapter – Northern, offers membership to city and regional planners and associated professionals primarily living or working in California, from and through Monterey County to the Oregon border, including the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Lake and San Benito Counties. APA California Northern promotes planning-related continuing education and social functions in order to:

  • Provide a forum for communication and exchange of information about planning-related activities;

  • Raise member awareness and involvement in APA affairs;

  • Increase public awareness of the importance of planning;

  • Encourage professionalism in the conduct of its members; and

  • Foster a sense of community among the members.

APA California Northern publishes Northern News 10 times each year for the exchange of planning ideas and information. Current and back issues are available for download here. Entirely the effort of volunteers, the News is written and produced by and for urban planners in northern California. Circulation: 6,700. “Opens” per issue: 2,500+.

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Northern News welcomes comments. Go here to contact the editors. Letters to the editor require the author’s first and last name, home or work street address and phone number (neither of which will be published), and professional affiliation or title (which will be published only with the author’s permission). All letters are subject to editing. Letters over 250 words are not considered.

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2022 East Bay Innovation Awards – Nominate your innovators by 3/25

2022 East Bay Innovation Awards – Nominate your innovators by 3/25

By Carline Au, MCRP

The 10th annual East Bay Innovation Awards returns in person to the historic Fox Theater in Oakland on the evening of Thursday, August 4, 2022! The nomination period for the 2022 awards ceremony is now open through Friday, March 25 at 5:00 PM. Make sure to submit your nominations asap!

Visit eastbayeda.org for program information, key dates, and FAQs, and mark your calendars for lead up events, including the Innovation Awards Block Party, where the 2022 finalists will be announced at the Bridge Yard in Oakland.

The East Bay is a world-class leader when it comes to innovation and entrepreneurship. Often referred to as the “Academy Awards of the East Bay,” the East Bay Innovation Awards is the premier program of its kind that celebrates and honors extraordinary companies and organizations that contribute to the region’s legacy of innovation. Nominations are accepted for any entity or individual with headquarters or operations in the Alameda or Contra Costa Counties.

The categories (listed here) include Built Environment (Companies utilizing exceptional and innovative approaches, technologies, and strategies to shape the built environment, including but not limited to architecture, planning, civil engineering, development, and construction companies) and Community Impact (Individuals or organizations advancing creative and equitable solutions to tackle social, environmental, and/or economic challenges and disparities.)

Image of Carline AuCarline Au has been Senior Economic Development Analyst with the East Bay Economic Development Alliance for three years. Before that, she was an associate with Strategic Economics, Berkeley, from 2015 to 2019. Au holds a master’s in city/urban, community and regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a BA in city/urban, community and regional planning from UC San Diego. She served on the APA-California Northern Section Board as the student representative from UC Berkeley in 2014 and 2015.

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