California Planning in the Trump Era

APA California Chapter


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. PDT

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One of the beauties of local planning is that it can often be truly non-partisan and collaborative, bypassing the rigid left-right divides of national politics for creative solutions to shared community challenges. At the same time, the Trump era has ushered in an era of political upheaval, anxiety, and uncertainty that seems certain to affect our day-to-day practice of local planning. What will these affects be - particularly in California, where the governor and legislature have declared opposition to the administration on issues ranging from climate change to immigration? What should planners expect in the coming months and years? What are the dangers and opportunities? Will the role of local planning be to continue its work apace, largely avoiding the national left-right struggles? Or will there be certain topics - such as transportation and infrastructure funding, discussions of diversity and equity, climate change, and even the availability of census and demographic data - that will be impacted by national politics? This panel will reflect on the current political moment and its affect on the planning profession in California, offering their unique insights from the state, regional, and local level - with plenty of time for audience questions and discussion.  


Aaron Welch

Aaron Welch has strong expertise in planning and design, neighborhood-scale sustainability and green building, multi-modal transportation, and promoting health through planning. He has worked on transit-oriented development projects, corridor plans, specific plans, transportation plans, comprehensive plans, green infill development projects, and healthy community plans throughout California and the United States ... Read More

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