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

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



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An Evening with Steve Preston


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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 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.




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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