Brooke Peterson

Welcome to 2010! As we head into this new year, I would like to recognize the incredible spirit of volunteerism that keeps San Diego APA running and providing you with quality programs and events all year long. From organizing a lecture, tour or workshop, to planning an annual awards program and other special events, to providing a critical link between local issues and statewide ini- tiatives, your San Diego APA is truly a volunteer run organization.

There are more opportunities than ever to get involved and help make San Diego APA what you need! Do you have an idea or creative suggestion on a program that APA should offer or how APA can improve its outreach to local planners? Do you have a local project success or treasure or know of an educational excursion that might be a great way to obtain CM credits? Let us know! We are always looking for new program and professional development ideas; we want to hear from you! Please email me at brooke.e.peterson@gmail.com or send a note to our Programs Co-chairs, DWERY@rbf.com or Patrick.Jelsema@edaw.aecom.com.

An excellent opportunity for you to get involved is the APA California Annual Conference coming to San Diego in November! The upcoming conference, Coast, Canyon, Crest: Elevating Sustainability, will be held November 1-4, 2010 at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. Preparations are well-underway and your local Host Conference Committee has been hard at work. Mobile Workshops have been selected. The Call for Presentations has gone out and the deadline for submissions is February 26th. We want your ideas, your insight, your experience, and your expertise! Online submission is easier than ever before; just visit http://www.calapa.org/2010-conference, submit a complete proposal and you are done. No more back and forth! There are many other ways to contribute and get involved. Please contact me if you would like to get involved!

Volunteers mean value to all of us – San Diego APA does not have recurring professional expenses or paid local staff. Your membership dollar goes directly to local programs and statewide initiatives. We are committed to providing resources and financial assistance to members in these challenging times. We have four strategic initiatives for this year: 1) local promo- tion and participation in the 2010 Annual Conference; 2) fiscal responsibility; 3) successful launch of the Young Planners’ Group; and 4) focus on maximizing the relevance, value, and benefits to our members.

The San Diego Section Board of Directors continues to focus on equipping its members to stay ahead of the curve through support and education. We look forward to seeing you at a future event or hearing from you! For more information on SDAPA and our events, visit sdapa.org!

Sincerely,

Brooke E. Peterson, AICP
Director, San Diego Section of the American Planning Association