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Now YOU can join our Northern Section Board

Now YOU can join our Northern Section Board

By Michael Cass, Director-elect, Northern Section

Do you want to be more involved with APA? Do you want to serve your fellow Northern Section members? If you are ready to build your professional skills, consider joining your Northern Section Board in one of our vacant positions:

  • Distance Education Coordinator
  • Events Program Manager
  • Marketing and Sponsorship Manager
  • Mid-Career Planners Group Director
  • Northern News Associate Editors

What’s in it for you?

  • Have a strategic impact on the Section’s direction
  • Collaborate with your peers
  • Grow your network of local planning professionals
  • Build your skillset
  • Enrich your résumé
  • Meaningfully give back to the planning profession
  • Have fun
  • Make new friends
  • Mentor future generations of planners
  • Celebrate leaders in the industry.

Click here to read more about these positions and how to apply.

If you are interested, send your résumé to me, Michael Cass, at directorelect@norcalapa.org. Tell me why you’d be a great fit. Feel free to include examples. If you have any questions before applying, I’ll be glad to answer them.

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Get a free copy of “Cities for Life,” by Berkeley planning Prof. Jason Corburn

Get a free copy of “Cities for Life,” by Berkeley planning Prof. Jason Corburn

By Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP, editor

Northern News has received one review copy of Cities for Life: How Communities Can Recover from Trauma and Rebuild for Health, by Jason Corburn (Island Press, 2021) Paperback, 234 pp. plus notes. ISBN 1642831727.

In a work “dedicated to all the community activists struggling to be heard, to heal, and to hold power accountable,” public health expert Jason Corburn shares lessons from Richmond, California; Medellín, Colombia; and Nairobi, Kenya. Corburn draws from his work with citizens, activists, and decision-makers in these cities over a 10-year period, as individuals and communities worked to heal from trauma — from gun violence, housing and food insecurity, and poverty.”

“This book didn’t spring from a neatly organized research project,” says Corburn. “I partnered with organizations in these cities to support their own ideas and initiatives for healthy change. I learned by doing, in hours of contentious public meetings, community workshops, and field visits observing and participating in projects.”

“My research with communities,” he continues, “revealed an all too frequent disconnect: residents in poor and BIPOC communities were saying, ‘I feel the stress of insecure housing, working two jobs, and unsafe streets,’ while planners, public health departments, and health care professionals were saying, ‘We have this program to help you get more exercise and improve your diet.’ ”

Jason Corburn is a professor in the School of Public Health and the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. He directs the Center for Global Healthy Cities at UC Berkeley and the joint master’s degree in city planning and public health. Formerly, he was director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development and co-chair of Global Metropolitan Studies at UC Berkeley.

If you would like to receive our review copy of this book, you need only commit to writing a review for the June 2022 issue of Northern News (deadline May 25). Please contact the Northern News editor at knoxnaph@gmail.com and a copy of the book will be mailed to you. First come, first serve.

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APA California call for 2022 Awards jurors

APA California call for 2022 Awards jurors

The Chapter is looking for enthusiastic individuals willing to dedicate some time to our profession by serving on the APA California 2022 Awards Jury. Jurors will review and evaluate some of the finest planning work in California, and together will determine the winners.

If you would like to be considered to serve on this jury, please email the following to awards@apacalifornia.org no later than Friday, April 15, 2022:

  • Your name and contact information
  • A short résumé or biography

You can find information about the 2022 APA California Awards here.

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Call for Session Proposals, APA California Conference, extended two weeks

Call for Session Proposals, APA California Conference, extended two weeks

The Conference Host Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a session at this year’s event in Anaheim. This will be the first in-person conference in three years, and will surely be an engaging program of sessions and activities. Now is your opportunity to contribute to making that happen. To find out more about the proposal process, visit the conference website.

When you are ready to submit a proposal, click here.

The deadline to submit proposals HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2022, so you have two more weekends to prepare proposals! If you have any questions about the process, please email Sessions2022@apacalifornia.org.

The APA California 2022 Conference Programs Committee looks forward to receiving your proposal and then seeing you (in person) in Anaheim!

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Who’s where

Who’s where

Jonathan Atkinson, who had been an associate planner for the City of Fairfield from 2016 to 2019 and then a senior planner for Vallejo, is back in Fairfield as a Senior Planner. Atkinson holds a master of city and regional planning from CalPoly – San Luis Obispo, and a BA in sociology and criminal justice studies from San Francisco State University. In his free time, he enjoys photography, hiking, exploring new places, and attending festivals and sports events.

Ozzy Arce, formerly Associate Trans­porta­tion Plan­ner with the City of Walnut Creek, is now with the City of Palo Alto as Senior Trans­porta­tion Planner. As project manager for long-range trans­porta­tion planning plans and projects, Arce will be leading the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan update, managing the design of new active transportation facilities and serving as staff liaison to the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. He holds a master’s in public administration from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s in community and regional development from UC Davis.

Portrait of Griffen Dempsey.Griffen Dempsey has joined the City of San Pablo as an As­sis­tant Plan­­ner. He has two years’ ex­per­ience in cus­tomer relations as a representative for UC San Diego Transportation Services where he helped students, employees, and visitors with parking, public transit, cycling, and more. Dempsey is a Bay Area native, raised in Daly City, and loves studying and learning about cities, exploring them on foot or on his bike. A graduate of UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning, Dempsey enjoys photography, creating films, and games and puzzles of all kinds. He also enjoys travel and the outdoors and spent November 2021 in Nepal on a three-week, 100-mile trek in the Himalayas.

Samuel De Perio Garcia has just returned to the Bay Area from Portland to be­come an Environ­mental Plan­ner II with the Bay Area Air Quality Manage­ment District. Garcia has spent the last several years working with various stakeholders and varied forms of governance in some of Oregon’s largest housing, transportation, and land use projects. Growing up in the Bay Area as a mixed-race child of immigrants, navigating both poverty and privilege, he was the first in his family to access higher education and advocacy. He holds a master’s in urban and regional planning from Portland State University and a BS in bioengineering from UC Merced. In his free time, Garcia enjoys traveling internationally, backpacking around alpine rivers and lakes, and volunteering his time to local diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives through his local church and other groups.

Coleman Frick is now a Senior Planner at the City of Union City, after four years with the City of Concord, most recently as senior planner. Pre­vious­ly, he held posi­tions at the Town of Moraga for three years, in SFMTA’s Sus­tain­able Streets Di­vi­sion for one year, and as an urban forester in the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for four years. Frick holds a master’s in city and regional planning from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, and a BA in environmental studies from Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida.

Michelle Her­nandez, whose inter­dis­ci­plin­ary training in­cor­po­rates sus­tain­able design and en­viron­mental policy in the context of plan­ning, is now a Planner/Designer for Raimi + Associates. Experienced in zero waste and environmental research, Hernandez has worked on projects mapping gentrification and climate-related investments for the Urban Displacement Project and has furthered zero waste programs at UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center. She is accredited as a LEED Green Associate and holds a BA in sustainable environmental design from UC Berkeley.

Omar Masry, AICP, who has worked for the City and County of San Francisco since 2013, has been promoted to Multi-family Af­ford­able Project Man­ager with the Mayor’s Office of Hous­ing and Com­munity Develop­ment where his focus will be on the fi­nancing of large-scale afford­able housing in the city. Masry served as a senior analyst with the San Francisco Office of Short-Term Rentals, and as the City’s Wireless Planner. He holds a real estate broker license in both California and Colorado and has worked as an assistant property manager for a low-income housing community in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Sacramento. Masry, who holds a bachelor’s in business finance from CSU Northridge, served nine years with the US Army Special Operations Command, 1997-2005.

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In search of an interviewer

In search of an interviewer

Northern News is looking for a volunteer with strong writing skills to partner with Catarina Kidd, AICP, as guest writer for the widely-read “Meet a local planner” column. You will identify interview subjects, conduct interviews, and write several of the columns featuring accomplished planners throughout our northern California membership. It’s a fun way to meet other planners.

To apply, send your résumé and a writing sample to news@norcalapa.org with the subject line “MALP guest writer.”

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Most workers who quit in 2021 felt disrespected; cite low pay, no opportunities to advance

Most workers who quit in 2021 felt disrespected; cite low pay, no opportunities to advance

By Kim Parker and Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Pew Research Center, March 9, 2022

“A new Pew Research Center survey finds that low pay, a lack of opportunities for advancement, and feeling disrespected at work are the top reasons why Americans quit their jobs last year. The survey also finds that those who quit and are now employed elsewhere are more likely than not to say their current job has better pay, more opportunities for advancement, and more work-life balance and flexibility.

“For the most part, men and women offer similar reasons for having quit a job in the past year. But there are significant differences by educational attainment.

“College graduates are more likely than those with less education to say that compared with their last job, they are now earning more (66 percent vs. 51 percent) and have more opportunities for advancement (63 percent vs. 49 percent). In turn, those with less education are more likely than college graduates to say they are earning less in their current job (27 percent vs. 16 percent) and that they have fewer opportunities for advancement (18 percent vs. 9 percent).”

Earnings after college Pew graphic

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Free SPUR events for March and April

Free SPUR events for March and April

Because SPUR believes “education empowers people to take an active role in creating a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous region,” the organization has made “the majority of its programming free to the public.” Here is their calendar for the balance of March 2022 and April.

SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

The California Legislature’s 2022 Housing Agenda

Thursday, March 24. Lunchtime Forum 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

As California’s legislative year unfolds, the ongoing challenges of housing affordability, homelessness and neighborhood opposition to development continue to negatively impact lives and make headlines. Dozens of new housing bills have recently been introduced and amended, including measures that would expand the state’s Density Bonus Law for affordable housing developments, clarify the post-entitlement permitting process and create a “First Look” program that would give prospective owner-occupants and public entities priority in purchasing foreclosed properties. In addition, the state legislature is reviewing the various aspects of Governor Newsom’s proposed budget and housing advocacy organizations are weighing in with requests. Join us to hear from advocates in Sacramento who are making budget requests and sponsoring some of this year’s key housing legislation. We’ll identify the key bills to watch, provide an analysis of each and discuss prospects for making progress on the housing front.

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SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

A Hands-On Exploration of the Bay Area Parking Census

Tuesday, March 29. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The Mineta Transportation Institute, in partnership with SPUR and researchers at Arizona State University, recently created a parking census of the Bay Area has revealed the true enormity of land that we dedicate to our cars: 15 million spaces spread across the region’s nine counties. To coincide with the launch of this census we’re also releasing the database that was used as the backbone for our research. This innovative, publicly-available tool can serve as an important asset to help policymakers and planners throughout the Bay Area make more strategic decisions about parking. But such a tool is only useful if you know what to do with it. Take part in an interactive workshop to learn how this data-rich index of the region’s parking surfeit can be wielded to inform policy changes, both big and small, in your own city.

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SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

Eliminating Barriers to Common-Sense Transportation Projects

Thursday, March 31. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Senate Bill 288, championed by Senator Wiener and signed into law in 2020, provides targeted California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions to jumpstart common-sense, sustainable transit and active transportation projects that make limited public dollars go further and result in a safer, healthier and equitable future for all Californians. The law significantly reduces the chances that projects will be appealed or litigated, therefore making it faster to deploy the type of infrastructure we need to fight climate pollution and improve transportation equity. Projects expedited by this process are already hitting the streets but, unless an extension is approved, the law will expire at the end of 2022. Come explore SB 288’s impact across California so far and learn about what the future may hold the law.

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SAN FRANCISCO

Dream Play Build [In-Person Program]

Monday, April 4. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

People love their communities and want them to become safer, healthier, and more prosperous places. But the standard approach to public meetings somehow makes everyone miserable, and conversations that should be inspiring regularly become shouting matches. What would it look like to facilitate truly meaningful and productive discussions between citizens and planners? And what if they could even be fun? The new book, Dream Play Build, shares ways to shake up the classic community meeting by building common ground and inviting active participation among diverse groups. Join authors James Rojas and John Kamp, two designers who have spent their careers successfully weaving storytelling and hands-on interaction into traditional design processes, for a hands-on exploration of some of the artful, playful lessons and methods that encourage individuals to make change within the landscape around them.

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SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

The Future of Treasure Island is Nearly Here

Thursday, April 7. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island, situated in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, share a long history. From providing an anchor for the Bay Bridge to hosting the Golden Gate International Exposition and, subsequently, the US Navy, the islands have seen considerable change over the last century. But both are now undergoing a truly radical evolution. Geotechnical work, new streets, utilities, and infrastructure are being completed, new freeway ramps and a new ferry landing are in place and new housing, both market-rate and affordable, will be ready for occupancy in 2022. Join us to hear about Treasure Island’s past, the plan for its future, and a progress update on the grand vision that San Francisco adopted over a decade ago.

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SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

What It Takes to Deliver Affordable Homes for Bay Area School Employees

Thursday, April 7. Evening Forum 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Due to the high cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, school districts here face significant challenges in attracting and retaining teachers and staff. Join us for this digital discourse to learn about the County of Santa Clara’s 110-unit teacher housing project in Palo Alto, funded in part with a $25 million contribution from Meta, and in partnership with the City of Palo Alto and local school districts and Jefferson Union High School District’s efforts including the $33 million general obligation bond, Measure J, approved by voters in 2018 to fund 80 units of housing for teachers and staff in northern San Mateo County. We’ll learn about the opportunities, obstacles, and lessons learned as well as how these initiatives might be replicated throughout our region.

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SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

Bolstering State Leadership on Regional Transit Priority

Wednesday, April 13. Evening Forum 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

One standout component of The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) recently released Bay Area Transit Transformation Action Plan is a commitment to improving bus speed and reliability. Faster and more reliable bus service not only improves the ridership experience, it also supports a more coordinated regional transit network and allows transit agencies to deliver more service for the money. However, success will require leadership from California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), because the agency maintains authority of the state highways that serve not only numerous bus routes, but a planned future network of regional express bus service. MTC posits that a stronger leadership role and clearer guidance from Caltrans’ headquarters could influence the agency’s regional offices in how they support transit priority projects. Come participate in a conversation between the major stakeholders involved in this process as they discuss the steps that Caltrans leadership can take to accelerate the delivery and effectiveness of roadway changes and support improved bus speed and reliability.

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SAN JOSÉ

Lend Your Voice to Shape Downtown’s Transportation Future [In-Person Program]

Thursday, April 14. Evening Forum 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Despite too often being the domain of cars, streets are the primary public spaces of our daily lives. Designing them to better meet the needs of San José residents will help build a more vibrant and welcoming downtown. Downtown is seeing major investments that will affect the day-to-day choices of people traveling in the area. Against this backdrop, the City of San José is undertaking the Downtown Transportation Plan to guide these investments. The plan aims to deliver a safer, healthier, more enjoyable, and more affordable way to move throughout the city’s urban core. But it’s a process that depends on public feedback to be truly successful. In this forum, the Downtown Transportation Plan team will give a preview of the draft plan. Come provide your thoughts on what you see and help the city advance the transportation moves – both big and small – that will shape the future of downtown San José.

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SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

How a New State Program Could Drive a Dramatically Healthier California

Wednesday, April 20. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Imagine a program that could reduce hunger and improve health for low-income Californians, while simultaneously supporting California farmers. Now imagine that accessing such a program is as easy as shopping at grocery stores and farmers markets statewide. This vision — one that builds upon years of pilot projects that tested supplemental benefit programs (also known as healthy food incentive programs) that incentivized the purchase of fruits and vegetables — could move closer to reality if a proposal that is currently pending in the California State Legislature passes this year. Join us for a discussion of what expanding this ambitious benefit program would mean, how it would work and who would benefit.

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SAN FRANCISCO

Learning from a Career Dedicated to Social Service [In-Person Program]

Thursday, April 21. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Jeff Kositsky has spent his career working to shape the Bay Area into a place for everyone. After years of leading impactful non-profit organizations such as Community Housing Partnership and Hamilton Families, he was appointed by former San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in 2016 to found the city’s new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, an agency designed to prevent and end homelessness for individuals, families, and youth. Four years later, he was appointed by Mayor London Breed to head the city’s Healthy Street Operations Center, a multi-departmental collaboration that assists unsheltered individuals while improving the quality of life for all San Franciscans — a role he held until late 2021. Join us for a conversation with San Francisco’s former “homelessness czar” as we discuss the throughline of his career, what he’s learned about the seeming intractability of homelessness and what it will truly take to get all Bay Area residents into homes.

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SAN FRANCISCO + SAN JOSÉ + OAKLAND

Can New Federal Funding Kickstart the Region’s Transportation Goals?

Thursday, April 21. Evening Forum 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Transportation infrastructure funding will be flowing to the region in greater sums than usual over the coming few years. The Infrastructure Jobs and Investment Act, passed by Congress in 2021, when combined with California’s own surplus spending, creates a unique opportunity to advance some of the Bay Area’s top transportation priorities. Come hear the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and a panel of innovative transportation leaders as they discuss what this once-in-a-generation influx of funding means to the region, the major new funding opportunities that exist, and how MTC is working to organize the region’s many players to advance Plan Bay Area 2050.

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SAN FRANCISCO

A Culmination of the Presidio Parkway [In-Person Program]

Monday, April 25. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

This spring, the Presidio will open Battery Bluff, six acres of beautiful new open space created atop one set of Presidio Parkway tunnels through the national park site. Combined with the upcoming Presidio Tunnel Tops, a total of 36-acres of new public parkland will be added to the Presidio, and the bayshore will be reconnected to the historic heart of the park for the first time in eight decades. This moment marks the culmination of a three-decade government and community effort, championed by SPUR and numerous government agencies, to replace the seismically unsafe Doyle Drive with a new roadway, designed by the late Michael Painter, that would fit seamlessly into the park landscape. Join key actors in the design and construction process to hear this remarkable story of how government and community collaboration led to a world-class open space. Attendees will receive a new book commemorating the Presidio Parkway development, Parkway for the People, by Kristina Woolsey.

 

SAN FRANCISCO

Touring the Presidio’s Battery Bluff

Thursday, April 28. Tour 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Though the Presidio Parkway, the replacement for the seismically-unsafe Doyle Drive, opened in 2015, the project was far from over. In the years since, work has been underway to take advantage of the roadways’ improved design to restore wetlands and create new open spaces for visitors on and around the tunnels through the national park site. The historic heart of the Presidio will now be reconnected to the park’s northern waterfront for the first time since 1937. One restoration site will open this spring. Battery Bluff, a six-acre open space, promises sweeping views of the Golden Gate, Angel Island, and Alcatraz. The landscape includes picnic tables, restored historic gun batteries, and a new multi-use segment of the Presidio Promenade trail to the Golden Gate Bridge. Come for a behind-the-scenes tour of Battery Bluff and see parts of the Presidio that have been off-limits to the public for 80 years. In partnership with the Presidio Trust.

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Recommend a planner for the emeritus network

Recommend a planner for the emeritus network

By Juan Borrelli, AICP

Do you know a stellar, seasoned, northern California planner who has made outstanding contributions to the profession, including significant accomplishments to enhance the recognition and value of planning? If so, we want your help!

Each year in July, the Northern Section Director, assisted by the Section Historian, nominates individuals to be considered for a Planner Emeritus Network (PEN) Honor Award, one of the highest state-level honors and recognition a California planner can receive.

If you know a colleague or someone in your community or planning networks whom you think could fit the criteria (whether recently retired or currently practicing — and yes, self-nominations are accepted), please email Section Historian Juan Borrelli, AICP at juan.borrelli@sanjoseca.gov for more information about the application process or with any questions you might have.

The complete list of the Northern Section’s past PEN Honor Award recipients can be viewed here.

More information about PEN is online here.

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