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Northern Section Holiday Party kicks off the Season

Northern Section Holiday Party kicks off the Season

By Libby Tyler, FAICP

The Northern Section Holiday Party kicked off the holiday season in festive style. More than 100 planners and friends attended the November 22nd event held at La Peña Cultural Center, a longtime Berkeley institution that promotes social justice, arts participation, and intercultural understanding.

The venue, La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley

Attendees enjoyed the Mexican food and drinks offered by the on-site restaurant Los Cilantros, and listened to the mesmerizing vocals, drums, and classical guitar of the Wasska Project. The highlight of the evening was an extensive and enticing array of raffle prizes donated by the event sponsors and by the California Planning Foundation (CPF) and presented in great showman fashion by Juan Borrelli, AICP. The raffle raised funds to support the CPF’s diversity scholarship program.

Many thanks to our sponsors for the evening: M-Group, Placeworks, MIG, Raimi + Associates, and Libby Tyler at the Platinum level; Dyett & Bhatia and AECOM at the Gold level; and AKRF and Rincon Consultants at the Silver level. Thanks also to the Holiday Party Planning Committee members, Della Acosta, AICP; Tom Holub, and Libby Tyler, FAICP, as well as Sarah Allen, AICP; Terry Blount, AICP; Michael Cass, James Castañeda, AICP; James Hinkamp, AICP; Greg Holisko, AICP; Matt Kawashima, and Jonathan Schuppert, AICP, for their additional support. Event volunteers included Abigail Brown, Izanie Love, Laurel Mathews, Marta Polovin, Brianne Reyes, and Leslie Trejo.

Thank you also to all who joined in the Holiday Party, and to all those who supported the California Planning Foundation. It is never too late to donate to CPF — just click here.

Happy Holidays, and check out all of these Tom Holub photos from our fabulous party!

Looks like Abigail Brown won a vase!
Claudia Garcia of Ascent Environmental chats with James Hinkamp, AICP, of Contra Costa Transportation Authority, and a member of the Holiday Party Planning Committee.
Mariela Herrera and Javier Trujillo of Wasska Project
Current, future, and former Northern Section Directors: Hanson Hom, AICP; Andrea Ouse, AICP; Darcy Kremin, AICP; Mark Rhoades, AICP; Wendy Cosin; Hing Wong, AICP; Jonathan Schuppert, AICP; James Castañeda, AICP; Sharon Grewal, AICP; and Juan Borrelli, AICP.
Nancy Finkle.
George Foster, USC planning student.
SJSU Masters of Urban Planning alums. Back row: Avalon Schultz, AICP; Carmela Campbell, AICP; Emma Reed, AICP; Hing Wong, AICP; Mark Young; Hanson Hom, AICP. Seated: Veronica Flores, Mariaclara Zazzaro.
Libby Tyler, FAICP
Darcy Kremin, AICP, wins, with Hing Wong, AICP, and Juan Borrelli, AICP.
Who’s where

Who’s where

Della Acosta, AICP, was appointed as Northern Section Peninsula RAC, replacing Lindy Chan. She is a senior planner on the long-range planning team at Rincon Consultants, leading community planning, sustainability, and community engagement work. Acosta holds a degree in city/urban, community and regional planning from Sonoma State University.

Curtis Banks, AICP, is now Principal Planner/Silicon Valley Director at Urban Planning Partners. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a local government planner for the last 27 years, most recently as Foster City’s community development director. Banks holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from SJSU and a bachelor’s in public administration from Cal State Hayward.

Leslie Carmichael, AICP, is now a Principal Planner at Urban Planning Partners. Before joining the form as a contract planner in 2016, she was a senior planner with the Metropolitan Planning Group, and before that, she was Foster City’s planning manager for 22 years. Carmichael has a master’s in urban and regional planning from SJSU and a B.A. in environmental planning from US Santa Cruz.

Zachary Dahl, AICP, joined the Town of Los Altos Hills in September as Planning Director, overseeing the Town’s Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement departments. He previously was planning services manager for the City of Los Altos, where he had worked since 2007. Before Los Altos, Dahl was an associate and senior planner with Stephen Graves & Associates, a land use and environmental consulting firm in Santa Cruz. He holds a B.S. in city and regional planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Veronica Flores, who is Co-director of the Emerging Planners Group and played a role in creating the YPG Steering Committee in 2017, was appointed as Northern Section’s Administrative Director to complete the remainder of the term ending December 31, 2020. She is a senior planner in the Legislative Affairs Section of the San Francisco Planning Department. Flores holds a master of urban planning from San Jose State University and a B.A. in sociology from UC Berkeley.

Gillian Hayes is now Planning and Development Services Director for the City of Vallejo. Hayes, who has been a planner for more than 15 years, was most recently operations manager at Munselle Civil Engineering, Healdsburg. Previous positions included director of planning and development for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Rohnert Park (five years), and city planner, City of Santa Rosa (seven years). She holds a B.A. in government and criminal justice from Cal State Sacramento and an A.A. in political science and government from Cal State Fullerton.

Edgar Maravilla was appointed as Northern Section’s Liaison to the California Planning Foundation (CPF). An associate planner with the City of Hayward, Maravilla grew up in South Central LA and was the first in his family to graduate high school. He holds a master of urban and regional planning (with an additional certificate in transportation planning) from San Jose State University and a B.A. (Honors) in community studies (with a focus on immigration and social justice) from UC Santa Cruz.

Houston is calling: NPC Member-only registration through January 8

Houston is calling: NPC Member-only registration through January 8

Member-only registration is now open for the 2020 National Planning Conference in Houston, April 25–28. Through January 8, you have exclusive access to claim tickets for mobile workshops, orientation tours, and other popular activities. At the premier planning event of the year, you’ll become inspired through actionable education and make valuable connections to elevate your career. To register, click here.




Last chance to register for the May 2020 AICP EXAM

Last chance to register for the May 2020 AICP EXAM

By Don Bradley, AICP, PhD

Register now for our spring PREP COURSE at UC Berkeley

The American Institute of Certified Planners is the only national organization for professional planners. Becoming a member will enhance your career opportunities.

The window to apply to take the May 2020 AICP Certification Exam is open only through December 30, 2 PM Pacific, so don’t delay. Apply here.

APA California–Northern Section sponsors exam prep workshops

These will again be held at Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley, over the course of five Saturdays: February 8, February 29, March 21, April 11, and May 2, 2020, from 10 AM to 3 PM, with a study group lunch at Noon for an hour.

To register, mail your check for $100, made out to Don Bradley, to 2995 Woodside Road, Suite 400, Woodside, California, 94062. The fee covers practice tests, CDs, and handouts. Check with your agency or firm to see if they will reimburse your costs.

You can also download National APA’s AICP Exam Guide here. It contains all the information you need to apply for and take the AICP Certification Exam.

APA will require documentation of your education and history of your professional planning work experience. Keywords are professional level planning experience, future oriented planning practice, work is in the public interest, and ethical values.

The test is broad, and most candidates say, difficult. The exam domains include: American city planning history, past and present urban and regional planning theories, planning and zoning nationally important court cases, professional planning document preparation, the plan implementation methods, and the AICP Code of Ethics and related issues.

Our workshops are an excellent way to start studying for the May 2020 exam. Those who attend receive hundreds of multiple choice practice test questions, with answers with rationales, plus study materials such as a summary of the classic planning texts and our unique “Tips on the AICP Exam.”

For further information, please contact Dr.DonBradley@comcast.net or (650) 592-0915.

Donald W. Bradley, AICP, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Planning and a City of San Carlos planning commissioner. He has led the APA California–Northern Section AICP Exam Prep course for 30 years. Dr. Bradley served in the USAF as a planner and civil engineering officer, retiring as a colonel. He has taught at universities around the world, including (in the U.S.) UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Davis, San Jose State, Michigan, and Michigan State. He received a “Special Recognition of Excellence” Award from Northern Section in 2009.

Libby Tyler, FAICP, is a 2020 Dale Prize Winner

Libby Tyler, FAICP, is a 2020 Dale Prize Winner

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning press release, December 10, 2019

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly Pomona has announced the winners of the 2020 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. They are Dr. Petra Doan of Florida State University, who won the Scholar Prize, and Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Tyler, APA California Northern Section’s Ethics Review Director. A member of APA’s Equity Diversity Inclusion Committee and a consulting planner, Libby won the Practitioner Prize. Each prize is $5,000.

Dale Prize events will be held March 4th and 5th, 2020, on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. They include colloquiua and seminars aimed at creating dialogue among scholars and practitioners, and enriching the education of planning students.

Northern Section election result

Northern Section election result

In a Section-wide election held in November, Michael P. Cass was elected to continue as Northern Section’s Treasurer for a two-year term, commencing January 1, 2020. He had been appointed Treasurer in March 2019 to fill the vacancy left after Jonathan Schuppert, AICP, became Director-Elect. Cass was previously an East Bay Regional Activity Co-coordinator (RAC) for Northern Section. A public sector planner for more than 15 years, Cass is currently principal planner for the City of Dublin, California. Separately, he serves as an advisory board member for Sustainable Contra Costa. Cass holds a B.A. in communication from St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, and a certificate in land use and environmental planning from UC Davis Extension.

Databases updated for California’s protected areas

Databases updated for California’s protected areas

By Saba Gebreamlak

GreenInfo Network has released updates to the California Protected Areas Database (CPAD, v. 2019b) and the California Conservation Easement Database (CCED, v. 2019).

CPAD and CCED are California’s authoritative parks and open space databases. They cover more than 15,000 parks and other protected areas, held by 1,000 agencies and nonprofits. The two databases are used for conservation planning, fire impact analysis, park needs assessments, and more. You can download the data and learn more at www.calands.org.