Current Division Officers and Leadership


Chair: Monica Villalobos
Vice-Chair: Gabriela Juarez
Secretary/Communications Chair: Esther Valle Rojas
Treasurer/Conference Chair: Larry Vasquez


Conference Co-Chair: Joel Ulloa
Communications Co-Chair: Vidal Marquez
Newsletter Editor: Ryan Banuelos
Membership Chair: Andres Acosta

Report: Anatomy of a Swap Meet

The division has added a new resource to its website.

The Ephemeral Anatomy of the Starlite Swap Meet documents the workings of Starlite Swap Meet and comments on its relevance to contemporary urban planning and community development. The diagrams illustrate the swap meet’s many components and its relationship with adjacent and nearby and comparable entities have been created to communicate findings.

Occupying what otherwise would be a vacant lot the swap meet became a "place" upon the arrival of the people who occupy it on its weekends. It also came to house what can be considered a true shopping center, whose "retailer" variation and livelihood are perhaps nearly comparable to that of the brick and mortar establishments those in nearby neighborhoods. Despite only being occupied two days out of the week, the space sustains a strong following, and attracts many to its temporary "streets" and lively "public" sphere. It has continually retained such a large following that opposition from health and safety officials with legitimate and justifiable concerns, has been relatively easily overcome.

New LaP Networking Website!

The Latinos and Planning Division is pleased to announce the new networking website for all Division members. It provides a platform for forging and maintaining professional and personal connections amongst our membership. Features include a blog, online discussion forums, calendar of events, resources, and membership profiles.

Already a division member? Visit the new online forum and subscribe!