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Summer 2020 Central Section Newsletter

Statement from
APA Central Section 

“As individuals we need to spend the necessary time to uncover the implicit biases we bring to our professional practice that might cause us to reinforce institutional inequities. If these institutional inequities grant us societal privilege, we need reflect on how we can use our privilege to end these inequities.” -Julie Love Johnston, CA Chapter President

The American Planning Association recently issued a policy statement on Righting the Wrongs of Racial Inequality that seek to emphasize our role as planners and our responsibilities as articulated in our code of Ethics:

"We shall seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration.  We shall urge the alteration of policies, institutions, and decisions that oppose such needs."

The Central Section covers a vast 11 county region which includes the greater central and southern San Joaquin Valley – encompassing the most productive agricultural region in the word, the foothill and mountain regions with National Forests, National Monuments, the eastern deserts of Kern County, and the Owens Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.  This wide geographic distribution holds a rich diversity of people.  It also holds a large disparity of opportunity and outcomes for communities affected by environmental and social inequalities. With a high number of Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities (DUCs) in each of our counties, the Central Valley faces enormous challenges to ensure that all voices are heard.

-Jennifer Clark, Central Section Chair

News 

Diversity Tools & Resources

The APA website has several saved past programs that were designed to encourage Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Please visit the website to learn about who the statewide representatives are and to get ideas on future programs catered to this important topic. 
https://www.apacalifornia.org/membership/diversity-membership-inclusion/

Below is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resource Guide being compiled by the California APA Chapter. It is still evolving, and the state chapter will be adding this program as well as others, over the next few weeks. It has a number of very helpful resources and reading materials.  
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TJiNOklnPBnVwpTiFgku2xcHvKhm1cbF6bxR8P62AG4/edit?usp=sharing

Get Involved

The Central Section has a vacant Diversity Chair position. If you’re interested in serving as the Diversity Chair on the Central APA Section Board, please send an e-mail to Carolina Ilic at Carolina.Ilic@fresno.gov. We would like to fill this position soon to continue to emphasize our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our profession in the Central region, and to build momentum from the recent workshop. Currently, we are the only APA CA Chapter without this seat filled. Please apply if interested or know someone that would be a great fit for this role. 

All APA Central Section board meetings are virtual and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

Events

Addressing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in our
Local Communities
Program Recap


On June 18, 2020, the Central Section APA held a virtual workshop on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Over 200 planners from throughout California registered. The workshop featured two trainers from The Justice Collective, Danielle DeRuiter Williams and Patrick Brown. Thank you to all of our speakers and participants for joining us in this workshop. 

The workshop recording has been posted to the APA California YouTube site here: https://youtu.be/yx-VsuvNB0c. Please feel free to view it and to forward it to colleagues. The breakout sessions are not included in the recording, but the content of the presentations are fully included, providing an in-depth look at the equity and diversity issues that we discussed. 

APA San Diego Land Use Law Program

Are you current on your knowledge of land use, environmental, and zoning laws? Can you identify and address the major local, state, and federal regulations that affect the land use process?
 
 
Questions? Contact: Joan Isaacson – jisaacson@kearnswest.com

APA 2020 Virtual Conference

This year's statewide virtual conference will be taking place September 14-16, 2020. APA California will be sharing details in the weekly eNews and on the conference website as they evolve.

Date(s) - Sep 14, 2020 - Sep 16, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Questions? Please contact Hanson Hom at hansonapa@gmail.com.
https://www.apacalifornia.org/events/2020-virtual-conference/
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Central Section Board
Jennifer Clark, AICP
Ralph Kachadourian
Eric VonBerg, MRP
Carolina Ilic, AICP
Ricky Caperton, AICP
Rob Terry, AICP
Karl Schoettler
Nicole Hoke
Victoria Chung, MURP
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