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Thanks to Steve Preston, and We Wish Him a Happy Retirement!

scpcadmin | December 10, 2017 in 2017 | Comments (0)

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This event has passed.

We thank Steve for a great event,
and wish him a Happy Retirement!

 

 

What Is an Irving Planter,

and Does it Require

Frequent Watering?

 

This, and Other Questions You

Never Thought to Ask

 

 

An Evening with Steve Preston

 

Steve Preston Headshot

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 –
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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Steve Preston retires this month after a distinguished, 38-year career in city management and planning.  Currently San Gabriel’s city manager, Steve has spent his career as a tireless advocate for good planning.  Formerly serving on APA’s Board of Directors, Steve is a past president of both APA California and the California Planning Roundtable.  A Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and past member of the Planning Accreditation Board, Steve has also taught at USC and Cal Poly Pomona, dedicating his knowledge and experience to future generations of planners.

We have asked Steve to share a few observations from his years in practice, giving thought to these questions:

  • How you overcame any challenges;
  • What lessons about service ‘from the trenches’ you would have for those of us still working or entering the field;
  • What you found to be the best practices in municipal government that have influenced your life in a positive way;
  • How to ensure sustainability, including equity and inclusiveness, in a perfect world, or
  • Whatever you would like to say to a crowd of folks who still want to believe in positive change despite these dark days of American politics. 

 

No small mission!  Join us for an inspiring evening as Steve reflects on a career devoted to planning leadership and excellence in public service.

 

Our speaker:

 

Steven A. Preston, FAICP

City Manager, San Gabriel, California

 

 

 

DINNER MENU

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 –
Sautéed boneless trout, grilled almonds, lemon emulsion, and leek duxelles fondue

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

 

All with sherbet and coffee or tea.

 

 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

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

 

This event has passed, and on-line registration is closed.  Refunds will not be provided after the closure time.
On-site registration (by check only) is an additional $10 and not guaranteed.

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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Questions?
 
For further information contact Bob Fazio at (626) 765-4036 or at rjfazio@mac.com.

 

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Save the Dates for these Exciting Upcoming Events!

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

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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 MENU

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.

 


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

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

 

This event has passed.  

Download the Event Flyer
(If you did not receive the event email)

On-site registration (by check only) is an additional $10 and not guaranteed. After the registration closure date, refunds will not be provided. 

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

APA CA Logo - Los Angeles Chapter

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

 

 

 

Questions?
 
For further information contact Bob Fazio at (626) 765-4036 or at rjfazio@mac.com.

Also, visit our Facebook page and click the “like” button to receive future updates as they are posted.
You can also follow us via Twitter for updates.


Thanks to Elizabeth Carvajal for “UNION STATION MASTER PLAN UPDATE” on 1/14/15!

scpcadmin | December 15, 2014 in 2015 | Comments (0)

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Thanks to Elizabeth Carvajal for this great event!

 

UNION STATION MASTER

PLAN UPDATE

 

The Historic Terminal is
Propelled into the Future

 

UnionStn Rendering
 

 

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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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Union Station has shaped the history of the Southern California region. Completion of the Union Station Master Plan, now under environmental review, will help shape the future.  

As the region’s transportation hub supporting multiple transit services and growth in the region, staged implementation of the Plan will improve multi-modal transit services, infrastructure, facilitate urban connections and guide investment and commerce.

 

Our guest speaker:

Elizabeth Carvajal
Transportation Planning Manager,
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

 

 

DINNER MENU

Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, Soup of the day,
Organic greens with house vinaigrette dressing, Fresh vegetable,
and Rice or potato.

 

With one of the following selections:

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

Fresh Boneless Trout Almondine

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

 

All with Sherbet and Coffee or tea.

 


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

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

 

Registration for this event has closed. 

Download the Event Flyer

(If you did not receive the event email)

 

 

Questions?
Email us at socalplanningcongress@gmail.com

Also, visit our Facebook page and click the “like” button to receive future updates as they are posted.
You can also follow us via Twitter for updates.


SCPC invites friends and colleagues – Annual Holiday Mixer on 12/8!

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Join the Southern California
Planning Congress for the


ANNUAL HOLIDAY MIXER

 

Sunday, December 8th, 2:00 pm

 

 

Castle Green print
 

The SCPC invites friends and colleagues to our annual holiday mixer by touring one of Old Pasadena’s most historic residential buildings, Castle Green, and holiday cheer at The Otis Bar, La Grande Orange Cafe, a part of the Gold Line’s Del Mar Station.

Join us outside the Castle Green entrance, at 99 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, where we will gather before the tour, and immediately after for a short walk to La Grande Orange Cafe, at 260 South Raymond Avenue, to continue our “no host” festivities.

Download the event flyer for more information.

Ticket and other tour information is available at www.castlegreen.com/tour/.

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


A Big Thank You to Tony Perez for “The State of the Art – Form Based Codes” event

scpcadmin | May 1, 2013 in 2013 | Comments (0)

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SCPC would like to give a big thank you to Tony Perez,
for an entertaining and informative presentation and discussion. 

 

 

 

The State of the Art –

Form Based Codes

 

Do They Work? How Do We Adopt Them?

 Form Based Codes Graphic - Source www.xx.com

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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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Form based codes embody an expressive power.  Exceeding the influence of traditional zoning, this artful place-making tool applies principles and regulations to shape a place’s character, whether neighborhood or city. The resulting high quality urban fabric is achieved by a public process that articulates a community’s unique vision by identifying regulations representing the building blocks of community: form, scale and massing, streets, and public space. 

Planners, architects, urbanists and all those who value well-designed places should attend this event.  The presentation and discussion, led by one of the nation’s leading practitioners of form based codes, will focus on the following topics:

 

  • Where have form based codes helped shape city place-making?
  • Where do form based codes provide benefits beyond zoning and specific plans?
  • What are the key steps for successful adoption and implementation?

 

Our guest speaker:

Tony Perez

Director of Form-Based Coding, Opticos Design, Inc.
Instructor, The Form Based Code Institute, CFD District

 

 

DINNER MENU

Dinner entrees include fresh French baguette, Soup of the day,
Organic greens with house vinaigrette dressing, Fresh vegetable,
and Rice or potato.

 

With one of the following selections:

Coq au Vin –
Traditional French dish of chicken cooked in a red wine sauce with mushrooms.

Beef Bourguignon –
Tender pieces of beef in Burgundy wine mushroom sauce.

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

 

All with Sherbet and Coffee or tea.

 


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT


** On-line registration has closed. **

Registration at the event is available (via checks only), for an additional $10 and is not guaranteed.

Registration refunds or credits will not be provided.

Download the Event Flyer
(If you did not receive the event email)

 

 

Questions?
Email us at socalplanningcongress@gmail.com

Also, visit our Facebook page and click the “like” button to receive future updates as they are posted.
You can also follow us via Twitter for updates.


Castle Green Tour & Annual Mixer Summary – December 2012

scpcadmin | January 13, 2013 in 2012 | Comments (0)

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Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – December 2012

ANNUAL HOLIDAY MIXER

 

 

Castle Green File Photo

The Southern California Planning Congress attended the holiday tour entitled “Dickens in the Castle” at Old Pasadena’s most dazzling Victorian, Castle Green. Holiday cheer followed nearby at The Otis Bar at La Grande Orange Café in the historic Santa Fe Depot.

The tour was a great way to kickoff the holidays, get in the spirit, and learn more about this treasured structure from the tour organizers and residents. The building was constructed in 1898 as the annex for the famous Hotel Green, and the architecture has Moorish Colonial, Spanish, and Victorian elements.

For the Tour, many units were open to the public, with some decorated festively for the holidays. We had a great time experiencing the rich history of Castle Green, and a merry time afterwards at the warm and welcoming La Grande Orange Café.

 

Tour Group at Castle Entrance

 

The exterior of the building has many unique features, including corner turrets, rooftop patios, and inviting balconies.

Castle Green - Roof Turret

Rear Facade and Balconies

 
The building interiors also have fine details found around every corner. The cast-iron fireplaces, window details, and prized corner units with round living rooms and plentiful windows are some of the highlights not available for public viewing except during the twice-annual tours .

 

Window Arch

Fireplace Detail

Interior and Ceiling Light

Window on Bridge

Bathroom Details

Window View of City Hall

 

The bridge between the original, eastern part of the Hotel Green complex (long since demolished) and today’s residential Castle Green (the second of three buildings) is now used as a reference library. It ends at the edge of Raymond Avenue in a large circular room. Rails can still be seen in the floor where luggage trolleys were once pulled between the two former wings of the complex.

 

Bridge Interior Long

 

A holiday choir greeted the group in the ballroom, as we toured the ground level. The singers dressed in period attire and the grand feel and sound of the ballroom made this a true highlight.

 

Holiday Choir in Ballroom

 

Lighting fixtures that transport one back to the Victorian age complement the architectural features of the historic building, which include a grand staircase and ballroom. The warm glow of the lighting and seasonal music emanating from various parts of the interior enhanced the holiday mood.

 

Lamp & Elevator Door

Ballroom Ceiling Lights

Stairs Landing Light

Chandelier Blue Ceiling

Hanging Light - Entry

 

 

 

Information on Castle Green, its history, and the twice-annual tour can be found on the building’s web site: 
http://www.castlegreen.com/about-the-castle-green/

La Grande Orange Café:
http://www.lgostationcafe.com/

 



SCPC Event Summary – “A 20-Year Blueprint For Universal City Hollywood”

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Southern California Planning Congress
Event Summary – October 2012

A 20-Year Blueprint For
Universal City Hollywood

 

 

The Southern California Planning Congress met at Taix French Restaurant to hear about The Evolution Plan No Residential Alternative from the NBCUniversal project team. The following speakers were part of the program:

 

  • Corinne Verdery, Chief Real Estate Development & Planning Officer,
    Global Real Estate – NBCUniversal
  • Darnell Tyler, Director, West Coast Real Estate – NBCUniversal
  • Pat Gibson, Principal – Gibson Transportation

 

The NBCUniversal Evolution Plan includes upgrades and improvements to the site’s production and post production facilities, a revitalized entertainment destination, and modern office space, all without expanding the current property footprint. 

The  Evolution Plan No Residential Alternative also includes  more than $100 million dollars in  local and regional transit and transportation improvements, and a Transportation Demand Management program. Universal estimates that the project will create over 30,000 jobs during construction and operations. 

 

THE PROJECT LAND USE PLAN

 Land Use Summary - Source NBCUniversal

 

PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

The project was announced in December 2006 as a long-term plan for the 391-acre Universal City property. The project included upgrades and improvements to studio production and post production facilities, additional new media-related office space, enhancements to Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park and CityWalk, and the creation of a new 2,937-unit residential neighborhood, which would include 35 acres of new open space.

In 2007, the Evolution Plan entered into the environmental review process phase.  A number of comments were received on the Draft EIR from the community as well as from County Supervisor Yaroslavsky and City Councilmember LaBonge, requesting that the residential portion of the project be eliminated.  The no-residential alternative was analyzed in the Final EIR and subsequently chosen as the environmentally-superior alternative.

The stated outcome of the chosen project alternative includes the following:

  • Less intensive use of the property;
  • Less traffic, less significant impacts after mitigation; and
  • Less neighborhood impacts, with largely the same mitigation package as the plan with residential.

 

THE INTEGRAL TRANSPORTATION ELEMENT
 
The next part of the team’s presentation focused on transportation improvements related to the 20-year plan. 

 

OVERALL TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS

 Overall Improvements - Source NBCUniversal

 

While the Evolution Plan No Residential Alternative will generate less traffic, the 20-year project will include an investment of more than $100 million in transportation and transit improvements, including:

  • Adding a new southbound on-ramp to the 101 Freeway from Universal Studios Boulevard.
  • Improving the 101 Freeway interchange at Campo de Cahuenga Way.
  • Improving more than 120 intersections.
  • Upgrading and widening Lankershim Blvd., Barham Blvd. and Forest Lawn Drive.

 

MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN VICINITY

Regional Access Enhancements - Source NBCUniversal

 

In an innovative application of mitigation measures, Universal has partnered with Caltrans to provide a catalyst to improve the five-mile stretch of 101 corridor from Highland Avenue to the 101/134 interchange.  Universal has agreed to prepare the construction plans and provide initial funding so that future transportation funding from the State or the Federal government can be applied to a shovel-ready set of projects when additional funding becomes available. 

The corridor improvements include an upgrade to the State Route 134 freeway in both directions at the US-101 freeway interchange, and upgrades to access ramps. 

 

MAJOR SITE IMPROVEMENTS


Property Edge Improvements - Source NBCUniversal

 

The project will invest in transit improvements and programs to connect employees and theme park guests to the adjacent Metro Station at Lankershim Boulevard, including shuttles and a transportation demand management program.

 

PLANNED TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS –
FUNDED BY PROJECT

Transit Improvements - Source NBCUniversal

 

 

Visit the project web site at nbcuniversalevolution.com