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.  

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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.