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Save the Dates for these Exciting Upcoming Events!

August 15, 2016 in 2016 | Comments (0)

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SCPC asks that you save the dates for
these upcoming events.  See you there!



September 14, 2016

An Evening with
Professor Denise Lawrence-Zuniga, PhD

Department of Architecture,
Cal Poly Pomona

Suburbia, embraced and problematic, has aged and revealed characteristics worth saving. In her new book, Protecting Suburban America, Professor Lawrence-Zuniga, with her background in social and cultural anthropology, examines historic preservation in Southern California.


October 19, 2016

An Evening with
Zev Yaroslavsky

Former LA County Supervisor

 During his career Zev Yaroslavsky has been one of the region’s most influential leaders, broadly influencing public policy and implementation. Join our discussion on contemporary issues and Los Angeles’ future.


January 12, 2017

Annual New Year Program with
Michael Dukakis

Former Massachusetts Governor
and 1988 Presidential Candidate

 Michael Dukakis continues to advance excellence in governance, both as a professor of public policy, public transit proponent, and advocate for urban America. Kick off the new year and interact as he shares his perspectives.



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Event Summary – “Our Water, Our Lifestyle – The Next Hundred Years…”

August 13, 2014 in 2014 | Comments (0)

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Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – May 2014

An Aqueduct Runs Through It:
A Series on the Future of
California’s Water Supply

In cooperation with the California Center for
Land and Water Stewardship, Cal Poly Pomona


Part 1 – Our Water, Our Lifestyle
The Next Hundred Years of
the Los Angeles Aqueduct



Barry Lehrman, MLA, MArch, ASLA is the Project Director of the Aqueduct Futures Project, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona.  He spoke to the event guests on water issues concerning Southern California, focusing on the history of water delivery to California, the aqueduct system and its environmental hurdles, and the future of development and resources in the State.


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The size of the aqueduct system and the area it draws water from is astounding.  Almost 490 square miles of land is owned by the City of Los Angeles, via its Department of Water & Power, in the Owens Valley where Bishop and other communities are located.  This area is larger than the City of Los Angeles itself.

The water level of Owens Lake began noticeably and consistently dropping as early as the year 1890. The local Payutes population drew the first water in the mid-1800s.  In 1928 the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) was formed and the Colorado River Aqueduct was created.

The City of Los Angeles, from 1781 to 1940, approved 83 separate annexations of land.  Then, after 1940, 292 additional annexations were approved.  LADWP is a major landlord and natural resources manager for City property in the Owens Valley.


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More water efficiency practices are needed, but much goes to wasteful agricultural irrigation practices. The Bureau of Reclamation does not do a beneficial job of reclaiming water.

More efficiency in water usage also translates to power savings, as up to 20 percent of power in California is used to transport water. Desalination is not the only option, as it also uses a lot of power, and it is not our way out of a water shortage. Grey water recycling would consume 10 percent of the energy of ocean desalination.


Aqueduct Futures


To help direct future use and operations of the aqueduct and the surrounding City land area, an Aqueduct Master Plan is proposed that would focus on multifunctional uses for the land and region.  The concept of ‘Aqueductsheds’ was introduced, dealing with the system much like a river watershed system. The area owned by the City of Los Angeles for the aqueduct system could be the largest city park in the World. It could be a ‘national park’ rivaling Yosemite.


For more information, visit the Aqueduct Futures project web site.





SCPC Event Summary – “Parking Reform Made Easy”

November 22, 2013 in 2013 | Comments (0)

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Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – July 2013

Parking Reform Made Easy



After the initial meet-and-greet at Taix French Restaurant, Dr. Richard Willson, Chair of Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Urban & Regional Planning, presented at dinner his recently released book, entitled Parking Reform Made Easy.


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His presentation focused on the reform ideas he discusses in the book, and the basis for how changes in parking codes can be beneficial to the environment. The typical regional shopping mall and office complex were discussed in terms of requirements and typical land dedicated to parking in such developments.

Within commercial districts especially, with multiple on-street and off-street parking options, searching for a space even with an oversupply of parking spaces wastes valuable land, damages the environment, and actually deters development and revitalization due to land costs.

He also discussed the outdated nature of minimum parking requirements, along with the potential to reform them to support planning goals to create vibrant cities. Dr. Willson’s talk also focused on the process of codifying regulations and how to work with stakeholders to avoid political conflicts.


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After his presentation, Dr. Willson signed copies of his book . He also brought along to display some of his oil paintings, done in the plein air style, all based on Los Angeles urban environments and transportation.


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We thank Rick for the presentation and discussion, both highly valuable to local agency planners and consultants alike, and wish him well with distribution of his new book!