Category: Planning Positivity

Support the planners of tomorrow

Support the planners of tomorrow

In spite of all the craziness and losses in 2020, I’m so grateful for my family, good friends, and for my job as the City of San Jose’s Small Business Ally, which has allowed me to work from home to continue to serve my community — in particular minority, new immigrant, and vulnerable population small businesses that have been hit so hard by the ongoing pandemic. I’m also grateful to be able to give back to my profession by serving as the California Planning Foundation (CPF) President, whereby with our ongoing fundraising campaign goal of raising $20K in 2020 and with your help, CPF will ensure there are student scholarships next year and beyond, to help diverse planning students with financial need from across the state that, without a doubt in my mind, will truly be California’s next generation of planning leaders!  Please help us reach our 2020 CPF Scholarship Fundraising goal by making a tax-deductible donation securely online.

We also have an anonymous donor that will match dollar-for-dollar all donations received in 2020 up to $20K, so especially now and more than ever during this ongoing season of gratitude and positivity, your donations will make a tremendous difference in the lives of California’s planning students!  To learn more about CPF, please visit

Director’s note: Finding time to be thankful

Director’s note: Finding time to be thankful

By Jonathan Schuppert, AICP, October 14, 2020

As the days get noticeably shorter, I start to reflect about all that has happened this year and everything I want to accomplish before 2020 ends. The year has been an eventful one for all, and it will undoubtedly live in our memories forever.

What will we remember about this year?

When you look back at 2020, what do you want to remember? When you think about it now, what stands out?

For me, this has been a year of constant change, a year of division, a year of adapting, and a year of reprioritizing our lives and our values.

And while none of us can or should forget or ignore the global pandemic and those who’ve suffered or died from it, the critical shortages in our supply chains, the horrific videos of injustices and killings, massive unemployment, multiple natural disasters, and the everyday stresses we face in different ways, I’m taking some time just to be thankful.

  • I’m thankful for the opportunity to reflect and rethink my priorities.
  • I’m thankful we have the technology to tap a few buttons and carry on a conversation with friends and family from all over the world.
  • I’m thankful for the creative solutions to transform our streets and other public spaces into safe, social, and socially distanced places.
  • I’m thankful that people are appreciating the outdoors more.
  • I’m thankful for the learning opportunities I’ve had about systemic racism and that I’ve had the time and platforms to help move the conversation forward.
  • I’m thankful for the innovative ways people have figured out how to work, learn, and be social from afar.
  • I’m thankful to be in a profession that is about thinking ahead, envisioning a better world, and creating the tools and strategies that will get us there.

It’s all too easy to think of the many negatives associated with 2020. What’s harder, and what helps round out the perspective, is taking the time to think about and reflect on this year’s positives.

So take a moment and reflect. What are you thankful for in this chaotic year?

VOTE (safely)!

This election year looks very different from years past. Candidates take the debate stage surrounded by plexiglass and at a distance. Massive voting campaigns interject on every social media platform. And with everyone registered to vote in California receiving mail-in ballots, it has never been easier to vote, vote early, and vote safely. You can even sign up for ballot tracking so you’ll know when your ballot was sent to you and received by the registrar.

You’ll also soon receive voting information to elect the next Northern Section Director-Elect and Administrative Director. It’s all digital, so there’s no need for that prepaid envelope to cast your votes!

Return to the November Northern News here.

“Planning Positivity” for the Holidays

“Planning Positivity” for the Holidays

By Della Acosta, AICP, October 14, 2020

This year has been different for all of us, and our holidays will be different, too. While November typically brings us together for a holiday celebration, this year we will be connecting in a different way for our annual gathering.

Instead of a single night of celebration, we want each of you, our Northern Section members, to share what made this year special for you and your teams, your families, and your communities.

Share your stories of #PlanningPositivity.

Starting November 18th, log onto the Northern Section website or follow our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram to share your #PlanningPositivity photos, memes, videos, news, and stories using the hashtag.

Share positive, wholesome, radically amazing, or just plain “good planning-related” events, experiences, projects, or ideas that occurred in 2020 that you want to celebrate together. Together we will bring to light the good in our lives to share with others and spread the joy we still know exists in the world.

Then, to wrap up our month-long #PlanningPositivity campaign, we’ll host a live virtual event with raffle prizes for planners who shared their stories, key speakers, games, and socializing, and more!

So share your stories of #PlanningPositivity using the hashtag. Tag others and share with your own networks to spread the light farther — maybe even win some prizes along the way.

We know this year has been difficult. Let’s celebrate what’s made it special.

Return to the November Northern News here.