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Call for Nominations, East Bay Innovation Awards

Call for Nominations, East Bay Innovation Awards

By Carline Au, MCRP

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance, a public/private partnership serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, annually presents awards to celebrate and honor extraordinary companies and organizations that contribute to the East Bay’s legacy of innovation.

The alliance is a regional voice and networking resource for strengthening the economy, building the workforce, and enhancing the quality of life in the East Bay.

For the 2020 Awards, several new nomination areas have been introduced, including one for “Built Environment.”

This category will recognize East Bay companies and organizations that use exceptional and innovative approaches, technologies, and strategies to shape the built environment in which we live and work, including but not limited to architecture, planning, development, and construction.

Nominations close Friday, October 25.

To be eligible for award consideration, nominees must:

  • Be a company or organization with headquarters or operations in Alameda or Contra Costa counties.
  • Have achieved an innovation in their manufacturing, products, services, design, systems, or methods.
  • Be present at the Innovation Awards event on March 26, 2020, to accept their award on stage.

GO HERE for further information, including how and where to submit an application. The nomination form is here.

The California Planning Foundation wants YOU

The California Planning Foundation wants YOU

CPF is recruiting current APA California members to run for elected CPF board positions, including treasurer, webmaster/social media coordinator, and other general CPF board positions.

CPF 2019 Election Schedule

  • Nominations Submittal Deadline: October 21, 2019
  • Slate Approval and Election Voting by Email Ballot: November 4 – December 2, 2019
  • Elected Candidates to formally join CPF: January 2020 at an in-person CPF Board Retreat (Date TBD)

For more information, view or download the recruitment flyer here. 

Candidates interested in running should send, by no later than October 21, 2019, a Letter of Interest/Candidate’s Statement and a Current Résumé to the CPF 2019 Elections Nomination Committee (all three):

We look forward to your reply!

Who’s where

Who’s where

Diana Benitez is the new Planners4Health Coordinator for Northern Section. She holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from UCLA, with a focus on community and economic development and the intersection of the built environment and health. Her B.A. is in urban and regional planning with a minor in GIS from CSU Northridge. Benitez is an intermediate planner/designer at Raimi + Associates. Before coming to the Bay Area in Fall 2018, she worked for two years with Advancement Project in the Greater Los Angeles area, conducting research, data analysis, and visualization in the realms of health equity, housing, built environment, and education.


Izanie Love is the new Student Representative to the Northern Section Board from San Jose State University. Love, who hails from Antioch, expects to get her master’s in urban planning in 2021. She has a B.S. in community and regional development from UC Davis and an A.S. in mathematics and science from City College of San Francisco. Last year, Love was a college intern with NeighborWorks America in Sacramento, an organization that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities. She is currently a Research Fellow with APA Planning and the Black Community Division. PBCD has for 30 years provided a forum for planners, administrators, public officials, students, and other interested individuals to address issues of significance to the black community.

Amy Lyle is Northern Section’s new North Bay Regional Activity Coordinator (RAC). She has been with the Sonoma County Planning Department for the past 14 years and is currently Supervising Planner for long range (comprehensive) planning. Lyle holds a B.A. in environmental studies and planning from Sonoma State University.

Emeryville’s Miroo Desai elected to APA California office

Emeryville’s Miroo Desai elected to APA California office

Julia Lave Johnston, President of APA California, and Pete Parkinson, AICP, Past President of APA California and Chair of the 2019 Nominating Committee, have announced the California Chapter Election Results.

This was the first election in which the new Chapter board position of Vice President for Diversity and Equity was on the ballot. The board created the position to show its commitment to increase diversity in our profession and our organization. Miroo Desai, AICP (shown here) was elected Vice President for Diversity and Equity. She is Senior Planner with the City of Emeryville, where she has worked since 2004. Desai moves to this vice presidency from a Chapter appointed position as Membership Inclusion Coordinator for Northern California.

Also newly elected to the Chapter Board are:

President Elect: Ashley Atkinson, AICP (Los Angeles Section)
Vice President for Administration: Derek Wong, AICP (Sacramento Section)
Vice President for Public Information: Ellie Fiore, AICP (Los Angeles Section)
Vice President for Marketing and Membership: Marc Yeber (Los Angeles Section)

Terms of office for all of these positions begin in January 2020 and run through December 2022.

State, federal funds awarded to California’s smaller jurisdictions

State, federal funds awarded to California’s smaller jurisdictions

HCD, September 19, 2019

California HCD has awarded 14 California cities and counties a total of $3.15 million in SB 2 planning grants. The grants can be used for updating local planning documents, updating zoning ordinances, conducting environmental analyses, or for local improvements to expedite local planning and permitting.

Cities in our Northern Section that received the grants are Arcata, Cotati, and St. Helena, $160,000 each; and Sonoma County netted $310,000 for expedited processing.

In addition, $21.7 million in CDBG funds were awarded to 18 of California’s smaller cities and counties, including these in Northern Section: Del Norte County, $500,000; Humboldt County, $496,220; and the cities of Lakeport, $650,000; Mendocino, $500,000; and Santa Cruz, $521,000. You can see the complete lists and the sponsored activities here.

Nominations for Treasurer, APA California – Northern Section

Nominations for Treasurer, APA California – Northern Section

The term of Treasurer, an elected APA California – Northern Section Board position, will end on December 31, 2019. A Nominations Committee, overseen by Section Director-Elect Jonathan Schuppert, AICP, is soliciting and will review applications. The Treasurer will serve a two-year term commencing January 1, 2020. As described in the Section Bylaws, Section 4.6.5, the responsibilities of the position include:

  • 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:
  • Prepare an annual budget for submittal to the Section Director;
  • 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;
  • Collect or to designate a person responsible to collect money at events that require a fee;
  • Submit financial reports to the Section Board; and
  • Submit quarterly financial reports, including an end of the year financial report to the Chapter.

Interested Section members in good standing (including incumbent Board members) must submit a complete nomination petition by October 16, 2019, that includes the following: Name, address of membership, email, work or daytime phone number, signatures of support from at least five current Section members, and a brief statement of candidacy (not to exceed 500 words) to the Nomination Committee Chair, Director-Elect Jonathan Schuppert, AICP, at director-elect@norcalapa.org.

Electronic ballots will be sent to Section members on November 4, 2019, and they will be due November 18, 2019. The Nomination Committee will publish qualifying candidate statements in the November edition of Northern News and will include on the election ballot all candidates who meet the minimum qualifications as described in the Section Bylaws (Section 4.2.2) which can be found here.  Please submit completed nomination petitions to the Nomination Committee Chair, Director-Elect Jonathan Schuppert, AICP, at director-elect@norcalapa.org.

Get your AICP | CM credits for Ethics and Law
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Get your AICP | CM credits for Ethics and Law

By APA California Northern Section, Webcast Training Programs

Register now for these two free Webcasts on Planning Ethics and Legal Topics


Friday, October 25, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm


Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

During each reporting period, AICP members must earn a minimum of 1.5 CM credits on the topic of ethics, and another 1.5 credits must be on the topic of current planning law.

If you missed our double session on planning law and ethics this past winter, no worries — we are offering similar sessions remotely through the Ohio Planning Webcast series. Mark your calendar and register here now.

The first webinar, October 25, 2019, will consist of a panel discussion with Northern Section planning leaders on APA’s Ethics Case of the Year, with ample time for questions and answers about the ethical quandaries we all face.

The second webinar, November 15, 2019, will feature attorneys Robert Selna and Amara Morrison from Wendel Rosen who will present on: 1) the role of local jurisdictions in legalized cannabis in California and implementation through local land use permits; and 2) California Senate Bill 35 and other streamlining statutes that have been put into place to remove impediments and increase production of housing.

Online registration is required

Questions? Contact Libby Tyler, FAICP, Northern Section Ethics Review Director, at ethics@norcalapa.org or (217) 493-4372.