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APA Awards Honor Garcetti, Goldberg and Everyone Else

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Last night, the Los Angeles chapter of the American Planning Association doled out awards at SCI-Arc, and while we missed the cocktail hour (planners must keep bankers' hours to start drinking that early), we did arrive just in time for the awards presentation. Architect and SCI-Arc director Eric Owen Moss delivered his welcome speech, complaining bitterly about neighborhood councils and their pastoralist nostalgia for small-town LA. How does he convince these "otherwise progressive" NIMBYs to accept new development? According to Moss, he uses a cunning technique of reverse psychology. Call them "arch-conservatives" and they will bend to his will because who can abide by that kind of spurious name-calling? Then it was on to the awards presentation. So who were the big winners?

Walkability Checklist
City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Planning Excellence for Best Practices Large Jurisdiction

Tri-Cities AICP Cooperative Training
Cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena
Planning Excellence for Best Practices
Large Jurisdiction Award of Merit

The Honorable Eric Garcetti
City Council President, City of Los Angeles (and don't forget, Acting Mayor!)
Distinguished Leadership Award Elected Official

John Ruhlen
Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association, President
Distinguished Leadership Award Citizen Planner

Elva Yanez
El Sereno Resident
Distinguished Leadership Award Citizen Planner Award of Merit

Roman Gora
Rancho Protection (Burbank) - Leader
Distinguished Leadership Award Citizen Planner Award of Merit

S. Gail Goldberg, AICP
Director, City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning
Distinguished Leadership Award Professional Planner

Community Design Overlays
City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Planning Excellence for Implementation Large Jurisdiction

Way-Finding Signage Program
City of Bell Gardens Community Development Department
Planning Excellence for Implementation Small Jurisdiction

Downtown Art Walk
Bert Green Fine Art (and frequent Curbed commenter)
Planning Excellence for Grassroots Initiative

Hacienda Heights Community Plan Update
County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning
Public Outreach Award (most of them were not in attendance to receive the award because they were at a community outreach meeting. Oh the irony!)

Northeast Los Angeles Hillsides Work Program
City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Public Outreach Award of Merit

Pasadena City Hall Seismic Upgrade and Rehabilitation Program
City of Pasadena City Hall Project Team
Planning Landmark Award

Glendale Craftsman Survey Project
City of Glendale Planning Department and Galvin Preservation Associates
Planning Landmark Award of Merit

SurveyLA and Office of Historic Resources Website
City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Innovative Use of Technology Award

New Dana Strand Affordable Housing
Mercy Housing California and Team
Social Change and Diversity Award

Park View Terrace Senior Apartments and Bell Gardens Senior Center
National CORE and City of Bell Gardens
Social Change and Diversity Award of Merit

Industrial Land Use Policy Project
City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning and Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
Focused Issue Planning Award

Pasadena Housing Agenda for Action
City of Pasadena
Focused Issue Planning Award of Merit

Historic Homeowner Education Program
City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Leadership and Service Award Education Program

Arcadia City Center: Reinventing Place

California State Polytechnic University Pomona
431/432 URP Community Planning Studio
Academic Award

Vermont Avenue Environmental and Community Opportunities Project
California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Academic Award of Merit

Green Building Program

City of West Hollywood Department of Public Works and City of West Hollywood Community Development Department
Innovation in Green Building Award