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Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

The APA Central Section had quite a year despite how 2020 had unpredictably unfolded. To show our appreciation, this year we sent out our New Year's card to the 76 planning agencies in our section. Thank you to APA CA Leadership Julia Lave Johnston and our APA CA tech guru, Ben Morrison, the Central Section Board of Directors, and especially to our membership for continuing to be involved as we continue to evolve the Central Section. We look forward to providing more interesting, relevant and virtual programming in 2021. We'd love for more involvement from planners all over the Central Section. Join or renew your membership today! 


APA Central Section Board of Directors Nominations Open

Nominations are open for anyone looking to get involved with the APA Central Section Board of Directors. Our bylaws require that the following positions are elected:
  • Section Director-Elect
  • Director for Professional Development
  • Director for Administration and Finance
If you or someone you know would like to be nominated for one or more of these elected positions, please e-mail our Membership Chair for more information, Jenna Chilingerian at All meetings are virtual and once a month. Nominations are open until February 1st. If you're interested in joining the board, but would like a non-elected board position, please e-mail Jenna for more details! 

Upcoming Events

AICP Exam Informational Webinar

Thursday, January 21, 2021
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 

APA California is hosting a free informational webinar for individuals planning to take the AICP exam in May 2021. The webinar will highlight new changes to the application and certification process. Additional topics covered include: restructured fees and deadlines, remote testing option, resources offered by APA California, and tips for writing successful professional experience essays. The webinar will be presented by: 
  • Asha Bleier, AICP, APA California, AICP Exam Coordinator
  • Francisco Contreras, AICP, APA National, AICP Commissioner, Region VI
  • Stephanie Roxas, AICP, APA California, Vice President of Professional Development

Missing Middle Workshop

Friday, January 29, 2020
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

This workshop will explore a wider variety of housing types that could help you meet your Housing Element requirements and address the housing crisis with a greater range of options that fit within the character of your existing communities. The featured speaker is Tony Perez, Senior Associate, Opticos Design, Inc. 
Register online here:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) News 

Tulare County Office of Education
2nd Annual Equity Conference

Thursday, January 21, 2021

This interactive day-long institute will feature nationally recognized keynote speakers Dr. Jamila Lysicott and Father Greg Boyle. Participants will engage in learning opportunities and activities to develop a deeper understanding of what equity means, what it looks like in practice, and how it is manifested or stifled on their campuses. A wide variety of breakout sessions will offer conversations around equity challenges impeding student success and opportunities to brainstorm practical solutions that empower all members of the educational community. Institutions boldly addressing their own equity challenges will share their strategies, obstacles, and outcomes. Teams will be challenged to engage with new tools to use in their own equity strategy.

For conference agenda and registration here:

Smart Growth America's Equity Summit

January 26-28, 2021

This is a FREE three-day virtual summit to discuss how to center improving racial equity in smart growth work. Register here:

NEW Book Club Pick!
DIY City

DEI Working Group

Next meeting in March
If you are interested in joining the Central Section working group to advance the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Central Valley, please be sure to email to receive more meeting information and confirmation. The January meeting agenda and minutes are located here:
DEI Working Group Meeting Agenda
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Central Section Board
Jennifer Clark, AICP
Ralph Kachadourian
Eric VonBerg, MRP
Carolina Ilic, MCP, AICP
Rob Terry, MPA, AICP
Victoria Chung, MURP
Mario Anaya, MPA, AICP
Casey Lauderdale, MURP, AICP 
Jenna Chilingerian, MCRP
Tiffany Ho
Jerome Keene, MAS, AICP
Karl Schoettler (Sierra Retreat Chair)
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Would you like to highlight a planning professional or project in the newsletter? Please reply and let us know. We would love to feature planning news throughout the section in our newsletter and on the website.
Jobs Posting
The Central Section will post job openings on our website for free! Please
e-mail Rob Terry at if you have a planning-related job opportunity in the Central Valley. 
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