Author: Tom Holub

Northern Section Holiday Party, November 22

Don’t miss out on the annual Northern Section Holiday Party at the festive La Peña Cultural Center, a Berkeley icon since 1975. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere among your friends and colleagues, with delicious food and drinks from Los Cilantros, and live music from the Wasska Project

For tickets, please register here and join us for a fun evening of laughter and good cheer! 

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Northern Section Holiday Party is a great opportunity to spread cheer and raise money for the California Planning Foundation student scholarship fund. Please help by donating items for the raffle, such as gift baskets, gift certificates, artwork, or anything that planners may enjoy. We have also added more options to make donating even easier!

Sponsorship level

Benefits

Silver ($100+)

  • Recognition in the promotional materials
  • 1 raffle prize created on behalf of your business
  • 1 ticket to the event & 2 raffle tickets

Gold ($200+)

  • Recognition in the promotional materials
  • 2 raffle prizes created on behalf of your business
  • 2 tickets to the event & 4 raffle tickets

Platinum ($300+)

  • Recognition in the promotional materials
  • 3 raffle prizes created on behalf of your business, OR
  • Sponsorship of live music, OR
  • Sponsorship of the hosted bar
  • 2 tickets to the event & 4 raffle tickets

We are happy to accept any contribution large or small. Please commit donations by Friday, November 15 so all sponsors can be recognized on promotional materials. Cash donations (and event ticket purchases) can be made using the event registration page.

Gift donations can be sent to a board member or brought directly to the event. For questions or to volunteer please contact Della Acosta at universityliason@norcalapa.org. For auction details and sponsorship opportunities please contact Libby Tyler at ethics@norcalapa.org.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Platinum level

Gold level

Silver level

APA Northern California – Awards Gala Sponsorship Request

APA Northern California – Awards Gala Sponsorship Request

On June 7th, 2019 the American Planning Association of Northern California will host its annual Awards Gala at the Starline Lounge (2236 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Oakland). Join us to honor innovative plans, projects, and distinguished APA members, and meet and mingle with Northern Section planners. As in the years past we expect over 100 participants.

We want to invite you to participate as one of our sponsors. We have three new revamped sponsorship levels. Choose one and show your support for great planning!

Sponsorship Perks

Gold Level ($1000)

  • 6 tickets to the Gala Awards Ceremony
  • Tabletop near registration for displaying promotional materials
  • Thank You by Section Director at start and close of ceremony
  • Special Recognition as a Gold Level Event Sponsor in 1 issue of the Northern News and on the Section’s Website
  • Special Recognition as a Gold Level Sponsor printed on the event program

Silver Level ($750)

  • 4 tickets to the Gala Awards Ceremony
  • Tabletop near registration for displaying promotional materials
  • Thank You by Section Director at start and close of ceremony
  • Special Recognition as a Silver Level Event Sponsor in 1 issue of the Northern News and on the Section’s Website
  • Special Recognition as a Silver Level Sponsor printed on the event program

Bronze Level ($500)

  • 2 ticket to the Gala Awards Ceremony
  • Thank You by Section Director at start and close of ceremony
  • Special Recognition as a Sponsor printed on the event program
  • Special Recognition as a Bronze Level Event Sponsor in 1 issue of the Northern News and on the Section’s Website

We are happy to accept any contribution large or small. Please commit donations by Wednesday May 29th, so all sponsors can be recognized on promotional materials. Donate or purchase additional event tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-apa-california-northern-awards-tickets-60341420814

To donate via check please email Florentina.craciun@aecom.com.

If you have any questions about the sponsorship or event, please contact our Awards Co-Director, Florentina Craciun, at Florentina.craciun@aecom.com.

Thank you in advance for your time and generosity. We look forward to hearing from you, and hope to see you at the Starline Lounge on June 7th!

Sincerely,

Florentina Craciun, AICP & Carmela Campbell, AICP Awards Co-Directors

Exploring Oakland by bike
Phoenix discussing Cycles of Change and the Oakland bike plan. The author is in the center (in shorts). Photo: Sarah Iannarone

Exploring Oakland by bike

By Tom Holub, May 3, 2019 

I love how cycling changes my experience of moving through the city, and I love sharing that experience with others, which is why I’ve been organizing and leading urban geography rides for Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland (WOBO). Stories of urban investment and disinvestment, advantage and disadvantage, come to light as you ride through the neighborhoods.

WOBO recently gave me the opportunity to lead a group of officials and planners from Portland, OR, who were in town to meet with local groups to learn about best practices in the Bay Area. Right up my alley. They had requested a mobility tour, so we planned to do one loop on Ford GoBikes, and another on Lime scooters. With help from Kerby Olsen — City of Oakland, Department of Transportation (OakDOT) — and Chris Hwang of WOBO, we obtained discounted passes, and headed into the city.

Oakland really showed up for the day. On the way to the starting point, I saw Fantastic Negrito being filmed in front of the Paramount, and there was an International Worker’s Day protest in Frank Ogawa Plaza (photo below).

May Day ILWU protest on Broadway in OaklandSarah Iannarone (Portland State University), the Portland group’s organizer, also practices urban field geography. She appreciated the itinerary I’d prepared, which focused on the challenges of planning in a deeply unequal city like Oakland.

A number of folks from OakDOT came along, including Lily Brown (head of the bike plan process), Hank Pham, Ahmed Ali Bob, David Pene, and Mikaela Hiatt. We started by talking about the bike plan. Phoenix Mangrum (Cycles of Change) contributed his generally positive impressions of how the bike plan had allowed his organization to provide leadership in their community engagement. Then we headed off along Telegraph and into West Oakland.

Phoenix Mangrum discussing Cycles of Change and the Oakland bike plan. The author is in the center (in shorts). Photo: Sarah Iannarone @sarahforpdx

The idea of an urban geography tour is to help participants gain greater understanding of the city. Planning issues become more visible when observed at human speeds. This tour began by riding on Oakland’s first protected bike lanes through the energetic Uptown district, then into the less affluent West Oakland neighborhoods on the other side of the freeway. Along the way, we observed the Tuff Shed Shelter village at 27th and Northgate, the Paint the Town mural at the California Hotel, the abandoned but still dramatic 16th Street Station, and the Mandela Parkway “linear park” that replaced the former alignment of Interstate 880 and the Cypress Structure which collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

At each stop, we discussed people’s observations of the neighborhoods we had ridden through, and I provided a talk about the location — illustrated by handouts highlighting its history — and current planning issues. For example, the poster below discusses how the California Hotel once sat at an important transportation hub, but became isolated by freeway development. The street mural project there addresses a significant safety issue at what had been a very long crosswalk, with art honoring the site’s history as a venue for Black musicians and travelers.

Poster presenting the history of the California Hotel, and the recent Paint the Town mural project there

When we stopped adjacent to the 980 freeway and some of the West Oakland federal housing projects, I talked about how the neighborhood had been disadvantaged by infrastructure and urban renewal projects. Oakland has floated a proposal to remove 980, but I challenged the planners to consider this: If  980 goes, how can we ensure that its removal will benefit the disadvantaged community?

The author pointing out our location on a map of historical redlining
Pointing out our location on the Oakland redlining map. Photo: Sarah Iannarone @sarahforpdx

We were running late, mostly because “new mobility” services aren’t designed for  large groups. So by the time we got on the scooters, we were down to a handful who had a good time scooting around Lake Merritt, passing both a serious-looking scooter crash on Broadway, and a serious Gig car-share crash on Grand. Then two of our scooters quit and we doubled up for a while. The lake was beautiful, and we returned to Frank Ogawa Plaza without further incident.

As an introduction to new mobility, the tour was real. The logistical and technical issues, and vendors’ tendencies to avoid dealing with those, are a real part of the mobility landscape.

If you are looking for experiential learning about the city, highlighted by real-world locations, illustrated by data and history, and a perspective rooted in social justice, please contact me.