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Exhibit Booths at NPC19!

Join the American Planning Association for the four-day National Planning Conference in San Francisco at the George R. Moscone Convention Center
on April 13-16, 2019. Setting up an exhibit booth ensures that your company name and logo will be a familiar sight to more than 5,000 conference attendees.

Raise your company’s profile in the planning community and receive maximum exposure for your company by becoming an exhibitor today. This special offer is for local planning firms and non-profit agencies in Northern California.

Cost:

  • $2,000 Exhibit booth for local planning firm
  • $1,500 Exhibit booth for non-profit agency

Your exhibit booth includes placing a one-half page ad in the Northern News.

Note: Booth size is 10’X 10′. There are additional fees for carpeting and electrical set-up.

To request an application for an exhibit booth or for questions, contact Hing Wong, AICP at npc19@norcalapa.org or (415) 778-6726.

 

NPC19 Exhibit booth flyer (PDF)
NPC19 Exhibit Hall Layout (PDF)
NPC19 Exhibitor Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Director’s note — February 2019

James A. Castañeda, AICP

What made you fall in love with planning?

That was the icebreaker question at APA California’s Chapter Board retreat, which I had my first opportunity to attend a few weeks ago, representing you in my new role as Northern Section Director. At first I felt intimidated, but that question and the many familiar faces assured me I was in the right place.

I had to think for a moment, but then shared the story, only half joking, of how I came to planning as a disengaged engineering student whose grades suffered from spending study time playing SimCity 4. It was around the same time that I discovered the city-planning program in college and learned that it was a profession that seemed to have what I was looking for. Beyond visions of building cities from scratch, I was curious about what made communities what they are, and what challenges they faced in getting there. I also had a strong desire to be a problem solver. All of those together made me fall in love with planning.

That exercise at the retreat also got me thinking about why I volunteer my time with APA: It’s that same love for planning that landed me here in service to the Northern Section. It’s also a desire to validate others who love this profession and further empower them by providing the resources they need to be successful. I feel it’s part of our Northern Section duty to support and nurture that love for planning that drives us to serve our communities. That’s why I’m proud to serve as your Section Director, and I am honored to work alongside all of you in this fantastic body of professionals who share a similar vision.

So what’s new for Northern Section this year?

We’ll be continuing with some of our proven programs even as we take on new challenges in 2019. To name just a few, we’ll continue our successful and recently streamlined awards programs (currently accepting nominations through Feb. 19) and our expanded mentorship program (275 participants this past winter). And we’ll continue to partner with other professional organizations including AARP, AEP, SPUR, ULI, and the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, while reaching out to other related professional organizations to expand your opportunities for learning, networking, and advancement. Finally, with the National Planning Conference coming to San Francisco April 13–16, we in the Northern Section will be preparing assiduously to welcome planners from across the country.

Last year, Northern Section introduced two new tracks that the Board hopes will be valuable to and popular with our members. Our Distance Education Coordinator, Shannon Hake, AICP, will create new events and expand on many of our existing ones (most of which will offer CM credits) to make them available online. At the same time, our Mid-Career Planning Group Coordinator, Miroo Desai, AICP, will focus on finding resources and creating new events and workshops specifically for those of us in the middle of our planning careers.

A good start

By the time you read this, your Section board will have held its annual retreat to reflect on last year’s successes and challenges as a way to guide us in what we want to do in 2019. I’ll share in our March issue what we’ve come up with, as well as what we’re doing to implement some of the great ideas we rolled out last year.

Again, I am honored to work on your behalf to bring you additional programming, events, and resources, while validating what made you fall in love with planning. Together, let’s make 2019 a very special year for planning in northern California.

Northern News — February 2019
Looking north to the San Francisco skyline from above the Caltrain tracks. Juan Borrelli, AICP, August 10, 2018.

Northern News — February 2019 Featured

You can download this month’s issue as a PDF, read it online as a virtual magazine, or review the contents below and click directly to articles and features.

Below Market Rate in California

Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP. How America’s first inclusionary housing came to be built 46 years ago in Palo Alto — a place consistently ranked as one of the priciest enclaves in America. Page 1

Director’s note

James Castañeda, AICP. What made you fall in love with planning? What’s new for Northern Section APA this year? Page 3

Big Tech’s affordable housing push doesn’t let them off the hook

Gregory Scruggs. Big Tech is increasingly focused on housing policy. That attention is welcome news for local officials overwhelmed by the affordable housing and homelessness crises on their doorstep, for which tech companies are partly to blame. But too bad if Microsoft’s announcement causes us to lessen our call for public investment. Page 4

Zoning ordinance adopted to make zoning consistent with General Plan may be rejected by Referendum

Sunny Tsou. Page 5

New Housing Element Annual Progress Report (APR) form

Page 5

Berkeley approves long-mired SB 35 application

The 142-unit project is a “continuum of housing integrated into the fabric of the downtown community.” Page 6

At long last, SF’s Central SoMa Plan is effective

Page 6

NPC19 offers local planning firms and nonprofits a special low price for exhibit booths

Page 7

Planning news roundup

Urban rooms: where people get to design their city’s future | A’s plan mixed use for old Coliseum site | Bay Area housing shortage intense, so news chain supersizes housing beat | ABAG executive board endorses ambitious CASA housing plan | San Jose, Stockton mayors boost SB 50 | Microsoft’s leap into housing illuminates government’s retreat | Microsoft will lend $475 million for affordable housing in Seattle area | Tech helps cut commute times for Bay Area’s workers | Disability rights group sues San Diego and scooter companies over ‘onslaught.’ Pages 8 and 18–20

Call for nominations, 2019 APA California Northern Section Awards

Deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, February 19, 2019. Page 9

Congratulations to Northern Section’s new AICP members

Page 10

Where in the world

Photo by Kieulan Pham, AICP. Page 11

Who’s where

Veronica Flores, Laura C. Russell, AICP, Aarti Shrivastava, AICP, and Lola Torney. Page 12

Get your mandatory Ethic and Law CM credits here and now

Libby Taylor, FAICP. Page 13

Smoke-postponed SF Urban Film Festival returns February 1, 2, and 10

Fay Darmawi. Page 14

We Want You! (To Join Our Board)

We Want You! (To Join Our Board)

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

We are looking to fill vacancies for the following:

 

Section Treasurer

The Treasurer shall have a working knowledge of profit and loss statements, balance sheets, reconciliation procedures, and Quicken or other accounting computer software programs as specified by the Chapter. The duties of the Treasurer shall be to:

  1. Prepare an annual budget for submittal to the Section Director;
  2. Receive and be held accountable for all Section accounts and funds and to make proper authorized disbursement of said funds, including those received through an electronic transfer website;
  3. Collect or to designate a person responsible to collect money at events that requires a fee;
  4. Submit financial reports to the Section Board; and
  5. To submit quarterly financial reports, including an end of the year financial report to the Chapter.

 

San Francisco Regional Activity Coordinators/Co-Coordiantors (RAC)

The RACs shall be represented on the Section Board by geographic designation. The seven geographic areas divided by counties are: East Bay (Alameda, Contra Costa), Monterey Bay (Monterey,San Benito, Santa Cruz), North Bay (Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma), Peninsula (San Mateo), Redwood Coast (Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino), San Francisco (San Francisco), and South Bay (Santa Clara). The duties of the RACs shall be to:

  1. Provide input to the Board related to the special needs of members in specified regions in the Section or in designated Sub-Sections;
  2. Organize periodic meetings and workshop for members in their regions, contribute relevant articles to the newsletter and assist the Professional Development Director in carrying out the Section’s professional development programs; and
  3. Provide occasional social functions in order to foster a sense of community
    within and among Section members.

 

The general qualifications, you must be an APA member with current/paid-up membership, reside and practice planning within the Northern Section (nine Bay Area counties including Santa Cruz, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties). If you wish to be considered, we’ll be interested to get a resume and letter of interest telling us why you’d like to be considered for the appointment, any relevant experiences, and what you’ll bring to the program. Please submit those to Section Director-Elect Jonathan Schuppert, AICP.

Northern News Dec 2018-Jan 2019
Financial District, Russian Hill, Columbus Avenue from the Salesforce Tower. Photo: Hing Wong, AICP

Northern News Dec 2018-Jan 2019

You can download this month’s issue as a PDF, read it online as a virtual magazine, or review the contents below and click directly to articles and features.

Assessing San Jose’s Diridon Station area

SJSU MURP students. Changes coming to the area include California high-speed rail, a new Google campus, and a BART extension through downtown. In partnership with CommUniverCity and the city’s Downtown Association, a class of graduate planning students made a comprehensive assessment of the area. Here’s what they found. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. It’s transition time on the Northern Section Board • We want YOU to join the Board • Last chance to submit a session proposal for NPC19 • AICP Exam application window is closing • Happy holidays! Page 3

To understand urban planning, CivicSpark Fellows build childhood memories

James Rojas. CivicSpark is a California Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program. Eighteen CivicSpark Fellows assigned to San Francisco Bay Area local government agencies took part in a people-based approach to community engagement training. Here’s what happened. Page 4

My favorite planning project — the Eastshore State Park General Plan

Larry Tong. Despite an unusual postponement, a joint three-agency process produced a long term land use and management plan for Eastshore State Park, the 2,200-acre recreational facility on the east side of San Francisco Bay (in 2002). Page 5

Internal moves on Northern Section Board

Four of our stalwarts change places. Page 6

Planning news roundup

THE FIRES • State’s climate change plan going up in smoke • Wildfires displace low-income residents, change demographics • A tale of two wildfires • Rebuild Paradise? ELSEWHERE • Muni to the Marina? • Minneapolis is doing away with single-family zoning • Guidelines released for streamlined approval of affordable housing projects • For good health, walk in the park • New State Senate bill builds on SB 827 • The Bay Area’s largely unknown underground threat • U.S. Okays modern, European-style train cars. Pages 7 and 18-21

Meet a local planner

Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Alexander Quinn of Hatch. Page 8

Call for Proposals, 2019 APA California Conference

Deadline for submitting proposals for the state conference in Santa Barbara is January 31, 2019. Page 11

Where in the world

Photo by Jason Su. Page 11

Who’s where

Della Acosta, Greg Holisko, AICP, Sung H. Kwon, AICP, Peter Pirnejad, Darcy Smith, AICP, Kelly White. Page 12

Board directory, editorial information

Page 22

Northern News – November 2018

Northern News – November 2018

You can download this month’s issue as a PDF, read it online as a virtual magazine, or review the contents below and click directly to articles.

 

Can “inclusionary industrial” zoning save manufacturing space in San Francisco?

Emily Nonko. An initiative to build affordable commercial space in San Francisco borrows from the affordable housing playbook. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. October is National Community Planning Month | A little about the 2018 California Chapter Conference in San Diego | California Chapter election results | Mentorship program | Holiday party. Read the Director’s note here.

APA scholarship winners announced for 2018

UC Berkeley’s Lily MacIver and Diego Rentería are among two of seven planning students in the US to be awarded APA’s Judith McManus Price Scholarship. Page 5

SB 2 Planning Grants Draft Guidelines released

You can learn more about the funding and guidelines at HCD’s Open House Forum in San Mateo October 23. Page 5

Where in the world

If you have traveled here, email and let us know. Two photos by H. Pike Oliver. Page 6

Book review

Conflict, Meetings, and Difficult People, by Barry Phegan, PhD. Reviewed by Don Bradley, PhD, AICP. Page 7

Planning news roundup

Climate change threatens Santa Cruz | New ferry terminal brings SF homebuyers to Richmond [photo] | SF easing rules for ADUs | Housing was an issue in the gubernatorial debate | Is a win for downtown a loss for the neighborhoods? | Shenzhen’s super supra highway for trees [photo] | Google Maps can calculate a city’s carbon footprint | Transit would work better if we rode it more | Neighborhood-level effects of traffic congestion on job access. Pages 8 and 17-19

Meet a local planner

Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Berkeley’s Shannon Allen, AICP. Page 9

Who’s where

John Cook, AICP; Ashley James; Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch; Judith H. Malamut, AICP; Randy Tsuda, AICP; David Woltering, AICP. Page 11

Letters

We love getting letters. Page 13

Livable Communities for All Ages

Results of a global survey of planners. Page 13

Outsmarting disaster

Wally Charles, Bay Area Metro. The planning professional’s role in disaster recovery, Nov. 2 in Oakland. Page 14

Northern News – October 2018
San Francisco Bay Area taken by an Italian crew member aboard the International Space Station.  (Samantha Cristoforetti via Twitter and KQED)

Northern News – October 2018

We came, we planned, we were wrong

Pete Parkinson, AICP. One planner’s wildfire experience changed his views. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. Daylong symposium on ‘Autonomous Vehicles and the City,’ Oct. 15. | There’s still time to register for the 2018 Chapter Conference in San Diego, Oct. 7–10 | New on the Northern Section Board. Page 3

‘State of the Nation’s Housing,’ 2018

HUD USER. At the root of the affordable housing shortage is outdated zoning and land use regulations. For low-income families and individuals, subsidies are critical for easing cost burdens. Policymakers can speed the development of affordable housing and insulate the affordable housing stock from foreign investors through public housing, community land trusts, and deed restrictions. Page 4

Expanding California’s leadership in diversifying the planning profession

Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP, and Linda C. Dalton, PhD., FAICP. A brief exploration of issues associated with diversity in the profession, especially the role of California planners and their professional organizations (APA California, the California Planning Roundtable, and the California Planning Foundation) in moving forward the profession’s efforts to address diversity, inclusion, and equity. Page 5

Autonomous Vehicles and the City

The University of San Francisco is hosting a symposium in San Francisco in collaboration with UC Davis, the Mineta Transportation Institute, Fehr & Peers, and Arup, to develop policies and plans for livability. Page 6

Where in the world

If you have traveled here, write and let us know. Photo by Aliza Knox. Page 6

Autonomous vehicles, pedestrians, and cities

John David Beutler, AICP. Pedestrians fought it out with cars and trucks on the streets of the early 1900s. By the late 1920s, the cars had won. We’re in the early rounds of a similar battle as technologists call for the control of pedestrians to meet the needs of AVs. Page 7

A Healthy City for All

Suzanne Lennard, Ph.D. (Arch.) The 56th International Making Cities Livable Conference (Portland, OR, June 17–21, 2019) has issued a call for papers. Page 9

Planning news roundup

A new Starbucks may be a proxy for gentrification | The benign neglect of California’s forests is ending | Lower East Bay housing moves forward | Blocking development prices residents out of neighborhoods they want to preserve | Chicago Architecture Center empowers young people to shape their city | Pubic transport should be free | Healdsburg to limit downtown hotels, require affordable housing | Building housing on flood plains is another sign of growing inequality | What the Berlin Wall can teach us about urban development | The jobs-housing hamster wheel | Cooling the Concrete Jungle. Page 10 and pages 21–25

Who’s where

Amanda Eaken; Sunny Chao; Shannon Hake, AICP; Tom Holub; Ned Thomas, AICP; Libby Tyler, FAICP; Courtney Wood, AICP. Page 11

APA California 2018 awards, Northern Section’s winners, announced

Northern Section is home to nine of the 28 winners. Page 13

Board directory and editorial information. Page 26

Northern News – September 2018
SF Bay Area from space, 2014. Photo: Reid Wiseman

Northern News – September 2018

You can read the entire issue online as a virtual magazine, download it as a PDF, or click on the link at the end of each article description below.

Cities urged to act on ride-hailing services

Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP. A new report highlights the increasing use of ride-hailing services and cites the general absence of local policies to deal with newly created congestion. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. 2019 National Planning Conference update | California Chapter Elections – vote now | Northern Section Board vacancies to be filled | New board members. Page 3

In memoriam, Paul C. Zucker, FAICP

By Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP. The nationally recognized urban planner, author, and management consultant lived and worked in San Diego for the past 41 years. He was 83. Page 5

Sign up now for 2018-19 mentor program

Page 6

Minneapolis council members want to tie density to affordability

Rachel Dovey. In March, the city proposed allowing fourplexes on block corners in single-family neighborhoods, but residents aren’t convinced the added density will make housing more affordable. Still, several council members appear ready to take the criticism. Page 7

Affordable housing design award to Mission Bay apartments

HUD USER. HUD and AIA recognized “Five 88” (588 Mission Bay Blvd., San Francisco) for its overall excellence in design in response to the needs and constraints of affordable housing. Page 8

Planning news roundup

Ten towns that changed America (0:55) | Wildfires are a people problem| New transit planned to North San Joaquin Valley| Rebranded by Google Maps| Bay Area’s newest transit station reopens parking debate| TNCs and transit as partners| How America uses its land| Do Millennials prefer cities?| California lawmakers grapple with how to prevent deadly wildfires. Pages 9 and 18–21

Meet a local planner

Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Google’s Transportation Operations Manager Michael Wooley-Ousdahl. Page 10

Where in the world

Photo by Chandler Lee. Page 12

Who’s where

Shila Behzadiaria, Michael Cass, Greg Holisko, AICP, Roscoe Mata, Erin McAuliff, Kari Svanstrom, AICP, and Ellen Yau. Page 13

AICP exam prep course starts Sept. 8

Dr. Don Bradley, AICP. It’s time to start studying for the May 2019 national AICP exam. Page 15

Northern News – July/August 2018
Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga. Photo: Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP

Northern News – July/August 2018

You can read the entire issue online as a virtual magazine, download it as a PDF, or click on the links at the end of the individual articles (below).

Creating built environments for an aging population

Matt Raimi, AICP. Planning — so important to improving our communities as our population changes — is all the more critical if we are to serve our society’s oldest members. Fortunately, many of the current advances in diverse, healthy, walkable, mixed-use communities will also support aging Californians. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. Ten from Northern Section awarded CPF scholarships • Photo: Northern Section Board at Facebook July 11. Page 3

Reshaping the bay for sea-level rise and creating affordable housing.

Debra Guenther, FASLA. The Bay Area is projected to need more than $85 billion of investment in climate change responses. When community members are part of directing benefits and leading the work, as in North Richmond, social benefits can emerge. Page 4

Making it easier to make ADUs

Joshua Abrams. San Mateo County’s Home for All and 21 Elements have spent the last 12 months building a suite of resources to promote the construction of ADUs. The tools include a Second Unit Workbook and an online Second Unit Calculator that can be adapted for other jurisdictions. Page 5

12 photos from Northern Section’s 2018 Awards Gala

A sampling of photos by Michael Axtell. Page 6

17 from Northern Section pass AICP exam. Page 7

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Letters

ADUs and APA lobbyists. Page 7

1% for art sparks public fight • Could this be a solution for Lombard Street? • How tech companies conquered America’s cities • Scooters — fun and dangerous • The YIMBYs are coming • California beat its 2020 goals for cutting greenhouse gases, but … • SF Supes update plan for Candlestick, Hunters Point • With a little help, Muir Woods reclaims its land • Aligning sustainable and affordable development in California • Denver to infuse downtown with dense housing • SF’s Balboa Park Reservoir, built to store water, never did and never will. Pages 8 and 24–26

Students continue evaluating San Jose neighborhood

Kristin Moen. Delmas Park is a quarter-square-mile, mixed-use, urban neighborhood just west of downtown San Jose. Overall, it appears the neighborhood is cautiously optimistic about the changes that Google and related new development may bring. Page 9

Join APA at a discount. Page 11

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Where in the world

Photo by Elizabeth Rynecki. Page 12

Who’s where

Rosie Dudley; Dana Hoffman, AICP; Evan Kenward; Darcy Kremin, AICP; Melody Ann Lin; Bob Ulabarri, AICP. Page 13

Enjoy!

Help us build our Communications Team

Help us build our Communications Team

Are you someone who likes connecting fellow planners together and is interested in helping us get out the word on all of our great programming? Then we want to talk to you! The Northern Section is in the process of building a stellar communications team to help us reach our 1,700 members through our various online channels and explore new ones. To lead the team, we’re looking for a Communications Director to develop a robust, informative, and engaging experience for our members. We’re also looking for other volunteers to be part of the team.

We’re interested in people who are organized, quick learners, independent, and comfortable writing online. Familiarity with social media and understanding how to leverage the various platforms is crucial. Working with Constant Contact and WordPress is a plus, but certainly something we can help with. On average, our Communication Director will typically spend three to four hours a week on Section duties but the time commitment will depend on each individual’s experience and how organized she is. We want to ensure the Communications Director is supported; duties can be shared to ensure the tasks are manageable.

Our bylaws establish the duties of the Communications Director:

  1. Develop and oversee the communications program for the Section, including coordinating with Board members to publicize Section activities and programs via the newsletter, website, social media and other forms of communications.
  2. Assist Board members and event coordinators in notifying local press of Section activities and programs.
  3. Oversee the preparation, editing, and publishing of the eNews to members and the public.
  4. Assist the Newsletter Editor and Co-Editors in preparing and publicizing the Section’s newsletter.

Think you have what it takes? Then send us a cover letter and résumé and tell us why you’d be a great fit. If you have examples, or a social media account you’re proud of that exemplifies your experience, feel free to share that. If you have any questions or are ready to send off your materials, you can reach out to directorelect@norcalapa.org. We’re looking forward to talking to you.