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Thanks to Governor Michael Dukakis for the Jan. 24th Event!


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The Southern California Planning Congress
invites you to this event.


An Evening with

Governor Michael Dukakis


Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge – Boston, MA –
Part of the Big Dig, the largest U.S. highway project.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Taix French Restaurant,
Bordeaux Room:

1911 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Michael Dukakis continues to champion excellence in governance as a professor at Northeastern University and UCLA, public transit proponent, and advocate for urban America.  He served two terms as Governor of Massachusetts and was the 1988 Democratic nominee for President. Infrastructure priorities are finally part of the national dialogue and will reshape the form of cities such as Los Angeles and Boston in the years to come.  Interact with Governor Dukakis as he shares his perspectives on best practices in local, state, and federal leadership, and transportation planning and implementation.


Our guest speaker:


Dukakis Head Shot


Governor Michael Dukakis

JD, Harvard Law School, 1960; Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University; Visiting Professor, the Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA, current; Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1975 to 1979 and 1983 to 1991; and Democratic nominee for President of the United States, 1988.




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


With one of the following selections:

Steak Frites au Poivre –
Grilled skirt steak (served medium rare) with black peppercorn cream.

Roast Duck a l’Orange –
1/2-duck marinated and slow roasted in oranges.

Fresh Filet of Salmon –
Grilled and served with a champagne sauce.


A vegetarian option is available upon request. 
All with sherbet and coffee or tea.



Cost: $45 general public, $35 for students with ID

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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.

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




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Thanks to Erlinda Romo for the Playhouse District tour!


Thanks to Erlinda Romo for the great presentation and
Playhouse District tour! 


The Pasadena Playhouse District

Special Saturday Morning Tour


 Playhouse Drawing

Image Source: Playhouse District Association


Saturday, September 26, 2015
Presentation 10:00 a.m., Walking Tour 10:30 a.m.
Lunch/Discussion 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Presentation Location:
Library, Pasadena Presbyterian Church,
585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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Experience the Playhouse District, Pasadena’s center for culture, commerce and community and home of the historic and influential Pasadena Playhouse and Ice House Comedy Club, the independent and venerable Vroman’s Bookstore, Laemmle’s Movie Theater, Pasadena Museum of California Art, and USC Pacific Asia Museum. Learn about one of Pasadena’s must successful business improvement districts with its variety of cultural, residential, retail, restaurant, office, and entertainment uses, all contributing to the area’s high quality of life.


Our guest speaker:


Erlinda Romo
Executive Director, Playhouse District Association




Lunch from the Einstein’s Bagels will be served at the presentation location.  The following boxed lunch selections are available: 

Tasty Turkey – Roasted turkey, spinach, cucumber, lettuce, and tomato with Onion & Chive Shmear on an Asiago Bagel

Albacore Tuna Salad – Albacore tuna salad with celery, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mayonnaise on a fresh-baked Multigrain Roll

Hummus Veg Out – Hummus, tomato, red onion, spinach, arugula, roasted red peppers, cucumber, and Garden Veggie Smear on a fresh-baked Multigrain Roll

All sandwiches are served cold, and come with seasonal fresh fruit salad and a gourmet cookie. 

Bottled water will be made available. 



Cost is $25, and registration space is limited.

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Late registration may be available thru Friday, 9/25, but lunch availability would not be guaranteed.  Please contact us at socalplanningcongress@gmail.com for late registration questions. 

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Location: Library (Room 202), Pasadena Presbyterian Church,
585 East Colorado Boulevard, at Madison Avenue, Pasadena.

Event parking: Located on the west side of Madison Avenue, behind the church and mid-block between Colorado Boulevard and Union Street. $3 at central meter, credit cards accepted.

Directions to meeting room: From parking area, enter church office building through interior hallway, turn right and follow courtyard colonnade to the the upstairs library at Room 202.

A link to an aerial map is provided below.


Event Location Map


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

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. 



 Land Use Summary - Source NBCUniversal



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 next part of the team’s presentation focused on transportation improvements related to the 20-year plan. 



 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.



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. 



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.



Transit Improvements - Source NBCUniversal



Visit the project web site at nbcuniversalevolution.com



Thanks for a great SCPC Annual Holiday Mixer!

SCPC would like to thank the great group that came out for the Castle Green tour and our holiday mixer!

An event summary is posted here.



The Southern California Planning Congress
invites you to our



Sunday, December 2, 2012 – 2:00 p.m.


Source: castlegreen.com
Source: http://www.castlegreen.com


Please join your friends and colleagues at our annual SCPC Holiday Mixer, starting with the “Dickens in the Castle” tour of Old Pasadena’s most dazzling Victorian, Castle Green, followed by holiday cheer a short walk away at The Otis Bar at La Grande Orange Café.

Gather at 2:00 p.m. at 99 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, for the Castle Green tour. Immediately following, continue the “no host” celebration at La Grande Orange Café, at 260 South Raymond Avenue.

Tour tickets are $20 and must be purchased on your own, either online or at the Castle’s front gate. For tickets and more information: www.castlegreen.com/tour.



Take the Metro Gold Line to the Del Mar Station, one block south of Castle Green, at 230 S. Raymond Avenue (between Green Street and Del Mar Street).

Park at the Schoolhouse Public Parking Structure at 33 E. Green Street (corner of Green Street and Raymond Avenue), or at the Del Mar Station Parking Garage at 230 S. Raymond Avenue (just north of Del Mar Street).

Related Links:

Castle Green: http://www.castlegreen.com/about-the-castle-green/
La Grande Orange Café: http://www.lgostationcafe.com/
Metro Gold Line: http://www.metro.net/riding/maps/gold-line/
Old Pasadena Map: http://www.oldpasadena.org/map.asp

 An event summary is posted here

Always Drink Responsibly



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