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Here is the itinerary for the American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team visit - December 2-4, 2009.

Here is the itinerary for the American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team visit - December 2-4, 2009.

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  • FINAL MEDIA PACKAGE 11/30/2009 On December 2-4, 2009, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council will begin an intensive planning process in support of its community greening strategy with the assistance of a national grant team. Get involved and help us meet our sustainability goals for a more livable, affordable, and efficient urban center. community-driven change AIA Center for Communities by Design Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Program
  • Our SDAT GOALS The SDAT program is a national community assistance program sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) that focuses on the principles of sustainability. SDATs bring teams of volunteer professionals to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders to help them develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. This is the first time a Neighborhood Council has been awarded a national grant for sustainability planning and is an opportunity to foster a culture of sustainability at the grassroots level. With community input, the Sustainability Committee of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council has developed the following project goals for the SDAT to address through this process: • A well-connected, balanced Downtown with physically, socially, and economically integrated nodes of activity at the neighborhood level; streetscapes that support pedestrian activity; and open space that is adequate, well-maintained, and accessible. • City services to improve sustainability that are coordinated between Departments and easily understood and accessed by Downtown stakeholders. • Neighborhood Councils with the capacity, structure, and model to follow for achieving sustainability goals at the grassroots level. • An actionable strategy for improving sustainability Downtown that can be implemented by the Neighborhood Council and Steering Committee members. A Steering Committee representing the public, private and non-profit sectors and diverse Downtown stakeholder groups has been invited to participate in this process and help facilitate implementation. For a complete list, please check out our website.
  • The SCHEDULE Day 1: Wednesday December 2, 2009 9:00am Project Team Meeting  Downtown Tour with scheduled stops in City West, Skid Row/ Downtown (see map 10:00am Central City East, South Park, Arts District/LA River, Broadway, Fashion and Warehouse District.  on our website) Central Public Library 4:00pm Steering Committee Meeting  Meeting Room A 5:30pm- Ciudad 7:00pm Community Mixer  445 S. Figueroa St. Day 2: Thursday December 3, 2009 Project Team Breakfast with City Council Members 8:00am Invited: Councilmember Ed Reyes (CD1), Councilmember Jan Perry (CD9), Councilmember Jose Huizar (CD14)  Working Group/Stakeholder Meeting 1: Downtown Business Improvement Strategies & Redevelopment Invited: Downtown BIDs, CRA/LA, Clean Tech LA, AEG, USGBC LA Chapter, SCI-Arc/Eric Owen Moss, Bringing Back Broadway • What redevelopment has occurred in recent years; The Standard • How is new development in downtown shaping the community and changing 10:00am existing neighborhoods;  Mezzanine Level 550 S. Flower Street • How can redevelopment be harnessed to foster overall improvements in downtown outside of specific locations; • How might redevelopment be sustained in a declining economic environment; and • What can targeted redevelopment do to sustain, attract, and improve local businesses? Working Group/Stakeholder Meeting 2: Streetscape, Open Space, Placemaking & Transportation Invited: City of Los Angeles Planning Department, City of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works, Metro, Pershing Square, Bike Advocate Stephen Box, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, Melendrez Design Partners The Standard 11:30am • What are the main issues and opportunities in Downtown’s streets and  Mezzanine Level 550 S. Flower Street sidewalks; • What projects are underway and what projects are needed to support a pedestrian-friendly environment; • What transit services exist downtown and how these services can be sustained; and • How can local neighborhoods within downtown relate to each other physically and nodes of activity be connected? 1:00pm Lunch Break  Community welcome Media welcome SDAT/Invitation only
  • Day 2: Thursday (continued) December 3, 2009 Working Group/Stakeholder Meeting 3: Housing & Neighborhood Amenities Invited: Gilmore Associates, Mayor’s Office of Commercial & Residential Development, Skid Row Housing Trust, Chrysalis, Brady Westwater The Standard 2:00pm • What is the current housing market like in downtown for renters, owners, and the homeless population;  Mezzanine Level 550 S. Flower Street • What are the main issues related to affordability and how can these be addressed; • What services are available to those who live, work, or visit downtown; • How much and what quality are existing open spaces; and • What opportunities exist to improve open space, amenities, and housing? Working Group/Stakeholder Meeting 4: Neighborhood Governance & Community Leadership Invited: City of Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, CD1, CD9, CD14, Central City Association, Rotary Club of Los Angeles • How are local residents, workers, elected officials, and other community The Standard stakeholders engaged with one another and service providers around issues 3:30pm of sustainability;  Mezzanine Level 550 S. Flower Street • What programs or structures exist that can be used to improve grassroots involvement in support of sustainability; • What services are currently available to improve sustainability and what gaps in services or access to services exist; and • How can other Neighborhood Councils get more involved with issues of sustainability? 5:00pm Dinner Break  SDAT Working Session The Standard 7:00pm Invited: Public is welcome to view this working session by the SDAT. A question period will be scheduled.  Mezzanine Level 550 S. Flower Street Day 3: Friday December 4, 2009 All Day SDAT works on report for public presentation  Presentation of SDAT Preliminary Report Ronald F. Deaton Civic 6:00pm Invited: Steering Committee Members, community members and other neighborhood councils are encouraged to attend.  Auditorium 100 West First Street Ronald F. Deaton Civic 8:00pm Closing Reception  Auditorium 100 West First Street Community welcome Media welcome SDAT/Invitation only We are still looking for community partners to help us host the SDAT process Downtown. If you are interested in getting involved, please email us at sustainability@dlanc.com
  • Jane Jenkins The SDAT TEAM Downtown Business Improvement Districts The AIA SDAT grant provides $15,000 to bring a Jane Jenkins is the new President and CEO of team of professionals to our community to help us Downtown Oklahoma City, Incorporated. Previously, address issues of sustainability as outlined in our Jane was Executive Director of the Downtown Boulder project goals. The following team members have Business Improvement District in Boulder, CO. With been confirmed as participants: over 23 years experience in downtown revitalization and management, Jane is an internationally recognized speaker and expert on urban issues. She currently Walter Sedovic, AIA LEED AP serves as Chairman for the International Downtown Association Board of Directors. As a former high school SDAT Project Lead educator, Jane was named Teacher of the Year at Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Sedovic is Principal & CEO of Walter Sedovic Architects, established in 1986. Following his 10-year Ms. Jenkins earned a Bachelor’s Degree in tenure with the National Park Service in Boston and Communication Arts Education from Oral Roberts New York, working with historical sites of national University in Tulsa and a Master of Public Administration significance, he formed a highly specialized office, from the University of North Texas in Denton. She dedicated to historic preservation and sustainable taught secondary school in Chandler and Tulsa design. The success of his firm’s approach is revealed before beginning her downtown management career in the consistent quality of its work since 1986; client in Wagoner, OK as the Main Street Manager. After satisfaction is demonstrated in the level of repeat serving in the same capacity in Pawhuska, Jane moved business that the firm enjoys, particularly at sites where to Denton, Texas where she managed the downtown projects developed tend to be more comprehensive development program there for eight years before and complex. The firm’s numerous awards and media joining the staff of the National Trust for Historic attention further attest to the respect and interest of its Preservation as the Regional Director of the Southwest peers and the general population at large. Office in Fort Worth, TX. She accepted the position as the first director of the Downtown Boulder Business Mr. Sedovic received his professional degree at the Improvement District in 2000. University of Kansas and was selected as the U.S. representative for the Architectural Conservation Working through the National Main Street Center, Ms. program at the International Centre for Conservation in Jenkins consults with many downtown programs across Rome, Italy (ICCROM). He holds multiple licenses and the US and Canada. She has also served on R/UDAT is NCARB-certified to practice in all 50 states. A LEED- and SDAT teams for the AIA and been a member of IDA Accredited Professional, Mr. Sedovic, who has been and ULI advisory panels. selected as guest editor for the APTI Bulletin Special Issue on Sustainability and Preservation scheduled for 2009, has lectured and published widely on the Jim Diers subject of sustainability and its symbiotic relationship with historic preservation. His paper, “History’s Green Neighborhood Genes,” first presented at the Second International Conference on Sustainability (Greenbuild ® 2003), Development & explored the genesis of sustainable design found in traditional building practices and opened avenues Governance for preservation professionals to become better Participatory democracy has been Jim Diers’ acquainted with sustainability advocates, and vice preoccupation and career for the past 30 years. Mr. versa. In the vanguard of incorporating sustainable DIer moved to Seattle with his wife, Sarah Driggs, design technologies into virtually every one of his after graduating from Grinnell College in 1975 with firm’s preservation projects, the benefits of his vision a major in Colonialism and Nationalism in Third and dedication are proving to have tangible and far- World Development. For six years Jim worked as an reaching effects. Alinsky-style community organizer in the low-income,
  • racially diverse community of Rainier Valley. Bringing practitioners, and evaluation/research professionals. people together to take action on issues ranging from Mr. McDaniel has particular interest in the economic dangerous intersections to nuclear power plants, Jim challenges and pathways to opportunity taken by helped the South End Seattle Community Organization different subpopulations, including students, residents grow to include 25 member churches and neighborhood of public housing, youth and the formerly incarcerated. organizations. Mr. McDaniel has a B.A. in Geography from the University Mr. Diers spent the next six years with the Group Health of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of City Cooperative of Puget Sound, where he organized and Regional Planning from Morgan State University. medical center councils to review budget and quality-of- care issues. In 1988, Mayor Charles Royer appointed Mr. Diers to direct Seattle’s new Office of Neighborhoods. Eve Picker he was reappointed by the subsequent mayors, Norm Rice in 1990 and Paul Schell in 1998. The Department Urban Revitalization supports $4.5 million Neighborhood Matching Fund Eve Picker’s expertise in inner city regeneration, and manages the City’s historic preservation program, specifically downtowns, has earned her much a P-Patch Program of 75 community gardens, and a recognition in the Pittsburgh community at large, leadership training program. and nationally as well. Pittsburghers have called her Currently, Mr. Diers spends most of his time at their ‘folk hero’. Her professional interests lie in the the University of Washington, where he teaches redevelopment and revitalization of the inner City courses in architecture and social work and supports and its neighborhoods. Ms. Picker has led a varied community initiatives with faculty and students across professional career, as architect, city planner, urban all disciplines. Mr. Diers also speaks frequently in designer, non-profit development specialist, real estate other cities as a faculty member for the Asset-Based developer, publisher, event coordinator and economic Community Development Institute and as the author of development strategist. Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way. After relocating to Pittsburgh, Ms. Picker became a senior urban designer at the City of Pittsburgh Planning Mark McDaniel Department at the same time launching a non-profit Community Development Corporation where she Neighborhood developed their first residential project and focused on the restoration of blighted buildings. Revitalization In 1997 Ms. Picker launched no wall productions, Mark McDaniel is senior research associate with the inc. She built an entrepreneurial real estate company Center for Community Capital at the University of North focused on downtown and urban neighborhoods that Carolina. He consults with foundations, policymakers others have ignored, transforming neglected buildings and others on strategies that help connect low-income into highly desirable loft-style residences and offices, populations to economic opportunities. and using that experience to provide innovative consulting and marketing within her agenda of “all These strategies include connecting neighborhoods things urban”. In 2001 Ms. Picker launched we do to regional workforce opportunities, connecting the property management, inc., to manage her portfolio, unbanked and underbanked to financial services and to provide 3rd party management and brokerage and leveraging investment in low-income areas for services as well. housing, community facilities and other economic development opportunities. Mr. McDaniel brings a In early 2006, Ms. Picker launched an e-publication, diverse set of experience in conceptualizing, designing Pop City, aimed at breaking the bad news cycle so and implementing initiatives intended to improve the typical of rust belt cities. In September 2007, she socio-economic outcomes of low-income residents and launched the cityLIVE! event series. Now heading into the neighborhoods in which they reside. its third year, the purpose of the monthly series is to change the conversation about Pittsburgh and the He has demonstrated capacity in establishing and region, and to expose creative and intellectual talent maintaining rapport with diverse constituencies that the city owns, speak to its transformation and including low-income community residents, public- create a community of people interested in all things and private-sector officials, direct service and policy Pittsburgh.
  • In 1984 Ms. Geddes took a job at the Sea Ranch on the northern California coast as executive director of Paula Reeves the architectural design committee, acting as liaison Bike/Pedestrian/ between the committee’s professionals, the board of directors, and the membership while overseeing Transportation development and landscape management along 10- miles of coastland. While there she also enjoyed her Paula Reeves has been developing transportation own private practice, designing coastal residences projects for the State, cities, counties, and transit and working on the Mendocino Botanical Gardens agencies for seventeen years. She currently master plan. In her more recent work with Satre manages the Community Design Assistance Branch Associates in Eugene, she has been project manager at Washington State Department of Transportation and lead designer, working in concert with owners, and serves on the Board of Directors for the American regulatory agencies, and consultant team members. Planning Association Washington Chapter. In both As adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon, she these roles she provides a range of transportation has taught numerous design studios covering wetland planning and engineering services to cities, counties interpretation, cluster housing, Native American culture, and transit agencies including: expert advise regarding mass transit, botanical gardens, and open space. Ms. transportation and livable communities, pedestrian and Geddes’s respect for the unique context of places, her bicycle facility design expertise, safe routes to schools, passion for aesthetics and improving the quality of life, scenic byways, and transportation planning support as well as her dedication to the sustainability of the relative to Washington’s Growth Management Act. natural and built environment are tenets that have guided her life and work throughout the years. Ms. Reeves has a broad transportation background that includes urban design, engineering, environmental experience, and is a trained mediator. She serves on the National Transportation Research Board’s Pedestrian Committee and the AASHTO committee responsible Robert Yakas, AIA for developing national bicycle and pedestrian design guidance. She earned her master’s degree with Urban Design & engineering and law school course work in urban and regional planning from the University of Florida. Sustainability With over 30 years in urban design, architecture, planning and transportation planning, in both the public and private sectors, Robert Yakas has led teams in all Sara Geddes scales of community design projects. From individual site design to master planned residential communities Streetscape, Open utilizing Transit Oriented and Traditional Neighborhood Space & Sustainability Development strategies, He has worked successfully in the public and private sectors in short and long range planning, and on projects from concept through Sara Geddes, a graduate of the University of Oregon, is implementation. His international experience includes a Portland landscape architect in private practice with work in Mexico, Canada, Turkey, France, Japan and over 25 years of professional experience in Oregon most recently in Johannesburg, South Africa. and California. Her experience in urban, suburban and rural settings, located in valley wetland, high desert, As a leader of and key member of design teams Mr. Yakas chaparral, coastal, and inland environments has has been involved in major development projects for made her an expert at recognizing and responding towns and cities from Alaska to Florida; transportation to the unique character of places. She has planning projects in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado and and design expertise in a wide range of landscape Utah, and has lectured and presented at forums for the architectural focus areas, including parks and open American Planning Association and the National Light spaces, multi-modal transportation and streetscape Rail Transit Conference. He was an adjunct professor corridors, educational and interpretive facilities, in the department of Urban and Regional Planning at civic centers and commercial areas, neighborhoods, Portland State University for 12 years teaching all the communities, and residential development including core urban design and site design courses offered in affordable housing. the graduate curriculum.
  • The AIA SDAT grant brings Los Angeles a national team of professionals with expertise in Local Governance; Urban Design, Streetscape and Open Space; Business Improvement; Community Development Neighborhood Revitalization; Bike and Pedestrian Transportation; and Sustainability. AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team community-driven change Public Presentation of the Preliminary SDAT Report Friday, December 4, 2009 - 6:00pm Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium LAPD Police Administration Building 100 West First Street, LA 90012 Hear the preliminary recommendations of the national SDAT team for a more sustainable Los Angeles - starting at the grassroots level. This is the first step towards a comprehensive community greening strategy for Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles to help our city meet goals for a more livable, affordable, and efficient urban center. Accessible via DASH & Metro. Reception to follow. downtownsustainability.com 2009 First Annual Neighborhood Council Peer Award for Environment 2009 American Planning Association - CA Chapter Award of Merit for Grassroots Initiative 2009 American Planning Association - LA Chapter Planning Excellence Award for Grassroots Initiative
  • downtownsustainability.com AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team community-driven change COME MEET THE TEAM. The AIA SDAT grant brings Los Angeles a national team of professionals with expertise in Local Governance; Urban GET INVOLVED IN THE Design, Streetscape and Open Space; Business Improvement; PLANNING PROCESS. Community Development Neighborhood Revitalization; Bike and Pedestrian Transportation; and Sustainability. to help Downtown Los Angeles create a community greening strategy. Community Mixer Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Get involved as we address the following goals for: 5:30pm-7:00pm 1. A well connected, balanced Downtown with physically, socially, Ciudad (445 S. Figueroa Street) and economically integrated nodes of activity at the neighborhood level; streetscapes that support pedestrian activity; and open Stakeholder Meetings space that is adequate, well-maintained, and accessible. Thursday, December 3, 2009 2. City services to improve sustainability that are coordinated between 10:30am - 9:00pm Departments and easily understood and accessed by Downtown The Standard (550 S. Flower Street) stakeholders. 3. Neighborhood Councils with the capacity, structure, and model to follow on how to achieve sustainability goals at the grassroots SDAT Presentation level. Friday, December 4, 2009 4. An actionable strategy for improving sustainability Downtown that 6:00pm - reception to follow can be implemented by the Neighborhood Council and community Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium stakeholders. (100 W. First Street) A complete schedule can be found at downtownsustainability.com 2009 First Annual Neighborhood Council Peer Award for Environment 2009 American Planning Association - CA Chapter Award of Merit for Grassroots Initiative 2009 American Planning Association - LA Chapter Planning Excellence Award for Grassroots Initiative
  • 2009 American Planning Association - CA Chapter Award of Merit for Grassroots Initiative 2009 American Planning Association - LA Chapter Planning Excellence Award for Grassroots Initiative 2009 First Annual Neighborhood Council Peer Award for Environment downtownsustainability.com Ashley Zarella Hand, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA Chair - Sustainability Committee Director, Area-Wide Workforce Private Sector (AECOM) Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Tel: 917-974-1891 Veronica Siranosian, AICP SDAT Project Lead - Sustainability Committee Tel: 562-896-0620 sustainability@dlanc.com