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Advancing diversity in the planning profession

Advancing diversity in the planning profession

By Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP, editor, May 15, 2021

From the archives

While searching our Northern News archives on a separate assignment, I ran across an article from 14 years ago that remains relevant today.

The writer was Leonardo Vazquez, AICP. At the time, he was director of the Professional Development Institute at Rutgers University. Vazquez is the founding director of the longtime National Consortium for Creative Placemaking — which just sunset this spring — and director of Creative Placemaking at New England College. In 2012, he received APA’s National Leadership Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice in Honor of Paul Davidoff.

In “Understanding the challenges and benefits of diversity” (Northern News, July 2007), Vazquez distinguishes between diversity and integration, concluding with seven recommendations to planning managers for creating diversity in planning agencies and integrating diverse people into the planning ranks.

Until we published Vazquez’s article, Northern News barely covered diversity, reflecting what was occurring nationally. We announced in the December 2005 issue, page 6, that Northern Section would be holding a Latinos and Planning dialogue on February 4, 2006, to address the planning challenges and opportunities that arise in working with Latino communities.

A subsequent article, “What APA is doing about diversity,” by Michele Rodriguez, AICP, then the Northern Section’s Planning Diversity Ambassador, appeared in the April/May issue, 2006, page 4.

Northern News can do more to cover what our profession is and isn’t doing with respect to diversity, but only if you write the articles for us to publish. Send your articles to news@norcalapa.org.

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Climate adaptation webinar May 26, and workshops June 21 and 22

Climate adaptation webinar May 26, and workshops June 21 and 22

From OPR

The state’s goal is to deliver a framework for action on key climate resilience priorities through specific and measurable steps to drive equitable, integrated adaptation across all sectors and regions.

The Kick-off Webinar is set for May 26, 4–5 pm

This introductory webinar will provide key background information on the Administration’s proposed approach, timeline, and priorities for the 2021 Strategy, and information on the forthcoming regional public workshops. Register here.

To be followed by regional workshops

Regional workshops will be held virtually from 4–6 pm on June 21 in the San Francisco Bay Area (register here) and on June 22 on the North Coast (register here).

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Who’s where

Who’s where

Robin Bolster-Grant is now Assistant Director–Plan­ning and Building Services at the County of San Benito Re­sources Man­age­ment Agency (Hollister). She had been an attorney at Rice, Luxon and Bolster-Grant in Santa Cruz. Before that, Bolster-Grant was with Santa Cruz County for 17 years as planner, principal planner, and cannabis licensing manager. She holds a JD from Monterey College of Law, an MURP from San Jose State University, and a BA in environmental studies from CSU East Bay. Bolster-Grant also studied environmental planning and policy at UC Davis and physical science at the United States Naval Academy.

Sajuti R. Haque (pro­nounced hawk) has been pro­moted to Senior Man­age­ment Analyst in the City of San Carlos Com­mu­ni­ty Develop­ment Depart­ment. Before join­ing San Carlos in mid-2019, she was an economic development specialist with Suisun City (2017-2019) and an affordable housing Portfolio Associate with BRIDGE Housing, 2016-2017. Haque holds a master of urban planning from San Jose State University and a B.A. in urban studies and planning from UC San Diego. She was an associate editor with Northern News in 2020.

Erik Lund­quist, AICP, started 2021 as Chief of Plan­ning, Monterey County, where he oversees a staff of 20 FTEs, including the two who manage current and long-range planning. He had been a plan­ning man­ager at Hogan Land Ser­vices, Santa Rosa (2017-2021), and before that, he was in Calistoga as senior plan­ner and assistant to the city manager for more than 13 years. Lundquist holds a master of public administration from the University of San Francisco and a BS in city/urban, community, and regional planning, from Cal Poly SLO.

Greg Powell is now at M-Group as a Senior Planner, working on zoning and cur­rent plan­ning for the City of Petaluma. Before join­ing M-Group, he was a plan­ner for the City of Berkeley for 21 years. After business hours, Powell is at area racetracks, both behind the wheel and coaching new drivers at high-performance driving events. He holds a BA in environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz.

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Re “The ideology hiding in SimCity’s black box – with comment from James Castañeda, AICP,” May 2021

Thank you for publishing the SimCity news. I thought you might be interested in this info regarding the influence of Bruce Joffe [of URISA and GIS Consultants] on the development of SimCity. [SimCity debuted in 1989; SimCity 2000 in 1993.]

Twenty or more years ago, I lunched with SimCity designer Will Wright at a Bay Area GIS mapping event organized by Bruce Joffe. At this event, with perhaps 40 guests, it was revealed that Will was a neighbor of Bruce in Piedmont, and that Bruce had encouraged Will to use his computer animation skills to do more than produce action games, and especially to model city development. At this luncheon meeting, Will, in gratitude for Bruce’s past encouragement, gave a talk and demonstration of his latest city modeling action.

When I was a Harvard PhD student, I witnessed several Urban Dynamics presentations by J. Forester and followed his work for several years. I gradually became disappointed in the Urban Dynamics model and have just now learned of its role in the SimCity program.

Earl G. Bossard

Earl Bossard is a San Jose State University Emeritus Professor and APA Life Member. He received a BS and MS in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1966 and his PhD in city and regional planning from Harvard in 1972. He taught planning at SJSU from 1972, and has held emeritus status since 2010. He lives in Davis, California, in the winter and spring, and in Bellows Falls, Vermont, in the summer and part of the fall.

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Director’s note: Planning Positivity
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Director’s note: Planning Positivity

By Florentina Craciun, May 13, 2021

In a year-plus that has felt like the world is im­plod­ing or ex­plod­ing, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that there’s still plenty of good around us. Last year, our holiday party centered on Plan­ning Positivity. We en­cour­aged plan­ners every­where to share their “plan­ning positivity” stories. Well, what can be more positive than the amazing planning efforts recognized in our annual Northern Section Awards program?

You can browse the list of our 2021 winners, but I want to highlight two efforts that overcame the pandemic’s challenges to produce innovative and beneficial results for communities.

  • The “Academic Award” of Excellence went to the Alum Rock Avenue Community Assessment, undertaken by graduate students in the San Jose State University Master of Urban Planning Program, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.

You’ll find a cogent description of this capstone project in Translating business and customer perspectives into recommendations for change,” in this issue of Northern News.

  • In the category of “Innovation in Green Community Planning,” the Award of Excellence went to the Lower Russian River Trail Feasibility Study, prepared by a team that included Sonoma County Regional Parks, Alta Planning + Design, W-Trans, Green Valley Consulting Engineers, Miller Pacific Engineering Group, Alta Archeology, Peter Baye, and Rachel Kamman.

The Lower Russian River Trail Feasibility Study “combines robust rural bilingual public engagement; excellent storytelling including historical context-setting, user profiles, and case studies; technical analyses including benefit-cost, route, and alignment; and a context-sensitive implementation plan that includes partnering with the local unhoused population to address multiple operations and maintenance concerns. The result is a visually compelling, public-facing plan that lays out [both the vision for the trail and] the next steps. In order to engage community members living in towns ranging in population from 90 to 5,000, the Sonoma County Regional Parks team hosted multiple community meetings totaling more than 100 in-person participants, solicited feedback via an online survey and interactive map with over 800 responses, and met with 15 community organizations representing stakeholders from the recreation, environmental stewardship, schools, health, business, bicycling, and trails sectors.”

Our 2021 Section Awards represent the positive future of planning. Send me your comments and thoughts at director@norcalapa.org.

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There’s still time to apply for a CPF scholarship

There’s still time to apply for a CPF scholarship

Did you miss the CPF Scholarship Webinar?

Watch the Video and Apply by May 31!

To watch a webinar with information on the scholarships and helpful tips on how to apply, go here, then start your application!

The California Planning Foundation’s 2021 scholarship program is for outstanding planning students enrolled at eligible professional planning degree programs in California. Based on an application and selection process, scholarships are awarded to students seeking to enter the planning profession. Last year, CPF awarded $70,000 in scholarships to 44 outstanding California planning students.

The scholarships are designed for continuing students entering their final year of an eligible undergraduate or graduate degree program. Criteria for the scholarships include academic performance, financial need, increasing diversity in the planning profession, and a commitment to serve the planning profession in California after graduation. For more information and a list of eligible degree programs, visit the CPF website.

The deadline to apply for 2021 CPF Scholarships is Monday, May 31, 2021.

Apply once and you’ll be reviewed for all scholarships for which you are eligible. Scholarship recipients will be notified in August. The winners will be acknowledged and honored during the APA California Virtual Conference, September 13-15, 2021.

You’ll find everything you need to know at http://bit.ly/CPF21schO

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