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Director’s note — November 2018

October is National Community Planning Month

This month, we’re joining with our planning colleagues across the country to celebrate the lasting value thoughtful planning has on communities of all sizes. This year’s theme — Housing as Community Infrastructure — highlights the importance of housing as part of our community fabric, and underscores the critical role planning plays in delivering the dwellings and communities our nation needs. Use the resources in APA’s National Community Planning Month Resource Hub to share with your community, elected officials, and local media the positive impact planning has had on your community this month and throughout the year.

2018 California Chapter Conference, San Diego

What an amazing conference, and a perfect way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the California Chapter and National Community Planning Month.

The opening reception on the historic USS Midway set the tone for the networking opportunities, informative sessions, and inspirational keynote speeches from Assembly Member Todd Gloria and Dr. Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs, Dean of Extended Studies and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California San Diego.

Before the conference, the Chapter Board held a daylong meeting. We discussed and revised our strategic plan to better serve our members with much needed resources. We explored potential opportunities with Christopher Steins, Founder and CEO at Urban Insight and editor and founder of Planetizen. We established a new position of Vice President for Diversity and Equity. And we’re working to update our Chapter website in 2019. You can be proud of the work your Chapter Board has accomplished this year. I’m excited for the future of our Chapter. In this photo of the California Chapter Board, you’ll see on my right (lower left) our national APA president and president-elect.

California Chapter Board

Congratulations to the City of Concord

Todos Santos Plaza was recognized at the conference as one of APA’s Great Places in California. The plaza was dedicated in 1869, and renovated for the seventh time in 1993–94. Concord city planners were on hand at the state conference to accept their award.

Accepting the award for the City of Concord are Andrea Ouse, AICP; Joan Ryan, AICP; Lorna Villa; Coleman Frick; and Jessica Gonzalez. Photo by Hing Wong, AICP
Members from APA Northern Section at the Cal Chapter Conference in San Diego included Terry Blount, AICP; Daniel Marks, AICP; Barry Miller, FAICP, Sharon Grewal, AICP; Jonathan Schuppert, AICP; Jeanette Dinwiddie-Moore, FAICP; Juan Borrelli, AICP; and Mark Rhoades.

Chapter election results

We are fortunate to have highly qualified planners, including several from Northern Section, who are ready to volunteer their time and offer their skills on the Chapter Board. The following start their terms on January 1:

  • Vice President for Policy and Legislation, Eric Phillips (Northern Section)
  • Vice President for Professional Development, Sharon Grewal, AICP (Northern Section)
  • Vice President for Conferences, Hanson Hom, AICP, ASLA (Northern Section)
  • Commissioner and Board Representative, Jay Higgins, AICP (Central Coast Section)

Mentorship program

We’re kicking off our Northern Section 2018–2019 Mentorship Program with 275 participants. This career development initiative matches experienced professionals with planners in various stages of their careers. Participants span the planning, transportation, design, environmental, and real estate disciplines. Special thanks to our Mentorship Director, Liz Probst, AICP, Mentorship Committee Chair Ellen Yau, and committee members Sarah Allen, AICP, Hing Wong, AICP, Michael P. Cass, and Evan Kenworth for their efforts in pulling all of this together. For more information, contact mentorship@norcalapa.org or visit our section website.

Holiday party

Please join us for our annual Northern Section Holiday Party at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, November 16th. Enjoy the Friday Night live music outside or visit the Museum at no additional charge. As always, we will be raising funds for the California Planning Foundation (CPF) Scholarships. We will soon have ticket information on our website, norcalapa.org. For sponsorship opportunities or questions, please contact either of our Holiday Party coordinators, Sarah Allen, eastbayrac@norcalapa.org, and Lindy Chan peninsula@norcalapa.org.

Get involved

If you would like information about serving on our committees or about vacant board positions, please contact me at director@norcalapa.org.

2018 Northern Section Elections

The 2018 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 20th. We encourage all members to take a few minutes to review the nominee statements contained within the online ballot.

 

ONLINE BALLOT

 

Director-Elect (Section Bylaws Section 4.6.2)

  • Preside at all meetings and represent the Section in the absence of the Section Director;
  • Act as Section Director should the Section Director be unable to serve, as authorized by the Section Board;
  • Organize the annual Board Retreat;
  • Be responsible for keeping the Bylaws in order, appointing the Nomination Committee and organizing elections; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Section Director.

Administrative Director (Section Bylaws Section 4.6.4)

  • Maintain the records of the Section, and to make such records available for members;
  • Conduct the correspondence of the Section under the direction of the Section Director and the Section Board;
  • Prepare and distribute the records of actions resulting from Section Board meetings;
  • Work with Board members to publicize professional development activities and networking events and maintain a calendar of section activities;
  • Work closely with the Communications Director to prepare the eNews; and,
  • Inform APA California of section activities of interest to other APA members.
Northern News – November 2018

Northern News – November 2018 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.

 

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 Section 2018 Elections

The 2018 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 20th. We encourage all members to take a few minutes to review the nominee statements contained within the online ballot.

 

ONLINE BALLOT

 

Director-Elect (Section Bylaws Section 4.6.2)

  • Preside at all meetings and represent the Section in the absence of the Section Director;
  • Act as Section Director should the Section Director be unable to serve, as authorized by the Section Board;
  • Organize the annual Board Retreat;
  • Be responsible for keeping the Bylaws in order, appointing the Nomination Committee and organizing elections; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Section Director.

Administrative Director (Section Bylaws Section 4.6.4)

  • Maintain the records of the Section, and to make such records available for members;
  • Conduct the correspondence of the Section under the direction of the Section Director and the Section Board;
  • Prepare and distribute the records of actions resulting from Section Board meetings;
  • Work with Board members to publicize professional development activities and networking events and maintain a calendar of section activities;
  • Work closely with the Communications Director to prepare the eNews; and,
  • Inform APA California of section activities of interest to other APA members.
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.

San Leandro Sets Higher-Density Future for Bay Fair BART Station Area
Bay Fair Connections diagram. Credit City of San Leandro/Raimi + Associates

San Leandro Sets Higher-Density Future for Bay Fair BART Station Area

Lars Halle and Tom Liao

Concluding a two-year public planning process with workshops and a 21-person Community Advisory Committee, the San Leandro city council in February adopted the 154-acre Bay Fair Transit-Oriented Development Specific Plan.

The plan is the community’s long-term vision for a vibrant and sustainable, higher density, mixed-use “transit village” in proximity to the Bay Fair BART station. It provides a new future for nearby local shopping centers and the 816,755-square-foot Bayfair regional shopping center. The plan covers allowable land uses, market-rate and affordable housing, anti-displacement measures, and multi-modal street improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles, and infrastructure, and it includes standards, guidelines, and zoning recommendations for future development.

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SF Teens Bring Home National APA Gold
High-schoolers Charlie Millenbah, Milo Wetherall, and Zelda Zivny are shown receiving an Award of Excellence for StreetAir from APA California–Northern Section, June 2, 2017.

SF Teens Bring Home National APA Gold

Four northern California submittals receive ‘achievement awards’ at national conference

From APA

When three high school students noticed an increase in traffic near a popular San Francisco parklet in 2014, they founded Street Air, a study of the street’s design and air pollution measurements, to determine the busy thoroughfare’s effects on nearby pedestrians. Now in its third year, the project has grown into a broad-scale investigation of street-level pollution, complete with an award-winning five-minute film made by the students — Charlie Millenbah, Milo Wetherall, and Zelda Zivny — and a list of recommendations all cities can implement to protect public spaces near roads from pollution. The students are now collaborating with city planning staff on a redesign of the original subject of their experiment, Columbus Avenue.

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