Monday, March 19, 2012

Thanks for Coming! YPG Kick-off Mixer

Last Friday was YPG's Kick-off Mixer at the Veranda Bar inside the historic Hotel Figueroa in DTLA.  We want to thank all those who attended and are looking forward to seeing you all at YPG's upcoming events.  Here are a few photos from the night...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hey Young Planners:

Check out the Latinos and Planning (LAP) Division Pre-Conference!! April 13th

If you are coming to Los Angeles for the 2012 National American Planning Association (APA) Conference, join us a day earlier for the LAP Pre-Conference event on Friday, April 13th!!

This is a great opportunity to discuss and network with other planners, students and professionals.  The event will include a key note address by Professor Manuel Pastor and panel sessions on issues such as Housing, Infrastructure, Art, Engagement and Resiliency Planning. The day also includes mobile walking tours of the surrounding Boyle Heights neighborhood. Reception at local bar to follow.

Take a look at the attached flyer and REGISTER soon!! Space is limited to about 60 ppl.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

23rd Annual La Gran Limpieza, The Great Los Angeles River Cleanup

On Saturday, April 28, 2011, from 9AM to noon, join 3000 volunteers in pulling trash from the Los Angeles River at one of over a dozen cleanup sites across the Southland. Wear clothes for getting dirty, sturdy shoes, work gloves, and sun protection. Please bring drinking water. Some handy items to bring if available are small hand/garden tools for clearing entwined trash, grabber arm tools, and rubber/wading boots. Individuals and groups welcome! Advance registration appreciated. Site maps available at

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kick-Off Mixer! March 16, 2012

Join us for YPG's Kick-Off Mixer on Friday, March 16th, 2012.  We'll be getting together at the historic Hotel Fig in Downtown LA from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.  This will be a great opportunity to meet and catch up with other young planners, and also a chance to see what APA-LA's Young Planners Group (YPG) has to offer you this year.

RSVP by March 9th, 2012 to

Looking forward to seeing you! Feel free to pass the invitation around.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

YGP Goals for 2012

Hello Young Planners!

Meghna Khanna and I (Emmanuel Soriano) are privileged to be serving you as YPG Coordinators in 2012.  On January 16th, the APA-LA's Board of Directors had its retreat to discuss and set-out APA-LA's goals for the year.  Please feel free to give our goals a look and to suggest anything that we could do to make your YPG experience that much more enriching.  

Mission and Goals
The YPG’s mission this year is to provide opportunities for the region’s young planners to participate in a social and professional network; to assist young planners in their on-going professional development; and to contribute to the region’s communities through volunteerism.  Although a resource for all planners, YPG emphasizes on planners under the age of thirty-five and those who may have less than 10 years of professional planning experience. 

Increase Membership to APA through the YPG
Transitional planners (from students to professionals) are a constant presence in the region.  By making the YPG more welcoming through events and programming, we can attract these professionals who not only see the importance of belonging to the APA, but also the value of being connected to a wider network of young planners like themselves.

Opening Event/Informational meeting:
Hold this in March to introduce YPG to LA Chapter members:
  • Receive feedback on the needs of young planners and what they would like the YPG to focus on this year
  • Identify issues and opportunities for young planners (Interviewing, Networking, Resources, etc.
  • Solicit new planning ideas
  • Update the contact list of young planners interested in joining the YPG
  • Meet members interested in serving on a YPG Subcommittee
  • Update the email list serve to inform YPG members about programs and events
 Form YPG Subcommittees focusing on:
  • Educational Programs
  • Mentoring
  • Volunteerism
  • Networking
  • State and National Conferences
  • Marketing and sponsorships
  • Website and Communications
 Increase online presence
  • Social networking: Facebook, Twiiter, LinkedIn - The best way to keep a consistent line of communication with young planners is through social networking sites.  Advertising for events will be more direct and group members can communicate with each other. 
  • YPG-Specific website linked from the APA-LA Home site.
Mentorship Series
Continue the mentorship series that taps into the region’s experienced professionals in the private and public sector to share their insight with young planners.  It could occur every other month or every month.

Social Networking Event /social mixers.
An opportunity for young planners to unwind and socialize over drinks and food; could occur two to four times in the year.

Monthly Professional Networking Event:
  • Diversity in the Work Place: To explore the diverse qualities that young professionals are bringing to the workplace, including their approaches to talent and culture and their knowledge of their related field(s).
  • Field Trips: Join the Young Professionals on field trips to explore TODs, mixed-use, art tour, BRT or other successful planning projects, within the Los Angeles Area.
  • Educational Programs:  Provide educational programs for YPG members that inform them of important planning issues and topics they should be aware of as they start their careers.  The topics could include transportation, climate change 101, California redevelopment end, California Subdivision Map Act, EIR process.  Workshops/courses could be a collaboration with online planning magazine Planetizen, which already hosts a number of courses through its website.
  • AICP Exam prep and Study Groups
Los Angeles is filled with initiatives meant to improve the lives of its residents.  From food justice programs to bike counts, YPG members will have a chance to serve the greater community of Los Angeles.  Other events could include beach cleanup, CicLAvia etc.

Friday, July 8, 2011

YPG Workshop on Goldline TOD - July 23, 2011

The Metro Goldline heading towards Sierra Madre represent a large set of potential Transit Oriented Development (TOD) stations.  Some of these stations possess stronger characteristics of TOD than others.  Successful TOD stations have proven to be huge components in sustainability plans, as they can help significantly reduce GHG emissions.  With the present push of SB 375, TOD planning has become the new hot topic and preferred tool of choice for planners, developers, and cities to implement as apart of their sustainable community strategy in order for these cities and agencies to meet their SB 375 goals.

APA LA is partnering with the City of Pasadena's Planning and Transportation departments to educate and display the great TOD elements found in the City of Pasadena.

Program Info:
The workshop will consist of two parts with the goal of educating planners on the creation, implementation, and complexity of TOD.  The first part of the workshop will be a tour on the Metro Goldline to identify the various types of potential TOD station locations.  The tour will consist of stopping at 4 different Goldline stations and evaluating their effectiveness as TOD station locations. The tour will start at 10:00 AM at the Chinatown Gold Line station.  James Rojas will lead the tour.  Following the tour, the participants will meet at the City of Pasadena for a technical workshop with sustainability consultant Ryan Lehman from Living Streets LA and Eric Salcido, from Primestor Development, will give a presentation regarding the retail market perspective for redevelopment TOD sites.  

For more information contact

Friday, January 14, 2011

The YPG Mentorship Series January

The APA LA Young Planners Group is proud to continue its Mentorship Series, which are small intimate gatherings between new planners and some of LA's most experienced, progressive planning professionals! These events will provide new planning professionals an opportunity to ask questions, gain some helpful advice, and learn from the experience of these amazing mentors!

Our January mentor will be David Mieger who is the Deputy Executive Officer for Westside Planning at Los Angeles County MTA. He is presently serving as Project Director for the Westside Subway Extension and supervises a staff of 9 planners. He coordinates Metro capital planning projects in the Westside of Los Angeles County; including the cities of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Malibu, Santa Monica and West Hollywood.

His responsibilities include the management of major transit capital projects from inception through preliminary engineering and environmental clearance. These projects have ranged in value from under $100 million to over $5 billion. The studies are generally undertaken by a multi-disciplinary team of METRO staff and consultants, in coordination with local agencies and elected bodies. The studies result in a recommendation to the METRO Board of Directors, which is the responsible agency for project approval and funding. When: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. (formal discussion at 7 P.M) Where: TBA Downtown LA

In order to RSVP, please go to to register. We will be capping attendance at 15-20 guests, so please register as soon as possible! We encourage all planners to register and will do our very best to ensure that you will be able to attend You will be contacted just prior to the event if you are selected. If you are not selected, we will add your name to our mentorship series list and give you preference to attend next month's mentorship series.