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Thanks to Robert “Bud” Ovrom for Convention Re-Invention!


The Southern California Planning Congress would like to thank
Robert “Bud” Ovrom for an informative and entertaining event!


Convention Re-Invention!


How will LA Create a
Convention Center Superstar?


Conv Center Proj Rendering 


Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Taix French Restaurant:
1911 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Long striving for competitiveness in the international convention and tourism marketplace, the Los Angeles Convention Center/Farmer’s Field partnership held promise. Though the sports venue has gone elsewhere, billions of dollars continue to be invested in Downtown Los Angeles, and the development of eleven new and planned area hotels represent a critical link. A promising strategy for the Los Angeles Convention Center may finally, and permanently, cement the facility’s prominence as a convention and tourism superstar in an increasingly bustling downtown.


Our guest speaker:


Robert “Bud” Ovrom

Executive Director,
Department of Convention and Tourism Development,
City of Los Angeles




Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, soup du jour,
mixed greens with house vinaigrette dressing.


With one of the following selections:

Coq Au Vin –
Traditional French dish of chicken cooked in a red wine sauce with mushrooms and pearl onions.

Fresh Boneless Trout Almondine

Pasta Monegasque –
Penne paste with tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil.


All with sherbet and coffee or tea.



Cost: $40 general public, $30 members, $25 for students with ID


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This event is eligible for 1.5 hours of AICP Certificate Maintenance Self-Reporting Credit. 

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In partnership with the the Los Angeles Section of the American Planning Association.




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SCPC Event Summary – “Parking Reform Made Easy”

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! 





SCPC Event Summary – “Here Comes the LA Streetcar!”

Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – March 2013

Here Comes the LA Streetcar!
Heading into Downtown’s Future


 Streetcar Rendering - http://www.streetcar.la/



Carol Schatz and Shiraz Tangri presented the latest news on the LA Streetcar project in the Art Deco-themed Bar Fedora room of First & Hope, an upscale Downtown restaurant.


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Carol and Shiraz focused on the detailed framework for the local property tax funding source and the related political campaign, as well as the burgeoning downtown residential population, growing local commercial economy, and the need to complement future development with the Streetcar. Carol is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Central City Association of Los Angeles and Downtown Center Business Improvement District, and is a Member of the Board of the Community Facilities District. Shiraz Tangri is with the legal firm Alston & Bird, and is the general counsel for LA Streetcar Inc.


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In December 2012, the Downtown Los Angeles community voted to approve a Community Facilities District (CFD) to provide matching funds to finance the proposed LA Streetcar Project. The Streetcar will link the Civic Center to the Historic Core along Broadway and the LA Live Entertainment District. The project’s goal is to help transform Downtown into a lively live, work, and play destination.

After an introduction to the project and our speakers by Bob Fazio of the Southern California Planning Congress Board, Carol presented an in-depth overview of the growth in downtown since a revitalization of various neighborhoods began in the early 1990s. The growth in residential units, and the ongoing permitting of new residential projects, was very informative and quite astounding. The foundational anchors of the downtown area, the new burgeoning cultural icons, and how the LA Streetcar will tie them altogether, were the motivational high-notes of Carol’s presentation.


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Shiraz discussed the nuts-and-bolts of the project: how it was funded, how the local tax initiative was spearheaded and championed, and how it will be built in terms of new technologies and the intricate route to be woven through existing downtown roadways. The project would link the Civic Center, the historic Broadway corridor, and the LA Live entertainment complex. Special technology, if feasible with final project engineering, would allow the Streetcar to operate without overhead wires. The project would be the first Los Angeles transit project to be owned and operated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and future extensions could provide direct service to the Music Center.


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All in all, it was an extremely informative evening, rich with highly motivational subject matter for any champion of the future of Downtown Los Angeles.




Streetcar project updates can be found at: www.lastreetcar.la.



Thank you to the attendees of the 09/21 Farmers Field Presentation!


The Southern California Planning Congress
invites you to the event

“Farmers Field — Creating a Magnetic Downtown”View of the AEG proposed downtown Los Angeles stadium project

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.
Trader Vic’s at LA Live

Attendance for this event has closed.
We hope to see you at our next event!

SCPC Event Flyer - September 2011 - Click the PDF link for printable version.

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