I graduated with an Urban Planning Master's degree program at UCLA
in June 2009. My focus was on sustainability and climate
Links to some
groups that I was involved with at UCLA:
Analysis and Policy concentration
January to August 2008, I worked as a Researcher at the Lewis
Center for Regional Policy Studies. In 2008-9, I continued
to work on my thesis on carbon capping and consumer costs in the
electricity and transportation sector. Beginning in January 2009,
I conducted research for a professor looking at factors affecting
cities' decisions to join local climate change programs.
to my papers and publications:
in CEQA: Considerations for Lead Agencies (pdf)
Efficiency Opportunities in the LEED-EB retrofit of UCLA's Public
Affairs Building (pdf)
on the LEED-EB retofit of UCLA's Public Affairs Building: Waste
Stream Audit and Occupancy Survey (pdf 2MB) Executive
Summary of the Report (pdf under 1MB)
for Climate Change and Your
Electricity Bill - May 15 at UCLA Public Affairs Bldg (doc)
and Colony Collapse Disorder (pdf)
on the Transportation and Land Use Connection (pdf)
& Share for VMT in CA (pdf)
& Share for Fuel (pdf)
& Share for Water (pdf)
projects (link to my UCLA GIS webpage, works best with Firefox)
Carbon Costs: Household Electricity Expenditures from a $15 per
ton Cost on Carbon Dioxide Emissions (please contact me for
more information about my thesis)
Carbon Costs and Household Electricity Expenditures in California, published as Chapter 2 of California Policy Options 2010
people have asked me: Why Los Angeles, and why Urban Planning?
is a challenge. If you can fix it in Los Angeles, you can fix it
almost anywhere. For example, the Los Angeles River is paved and
horrendous. If you can fix it here, you can teach others not to
pave their rivers, but to value their watersheds, and make them
the amenities that they are. For another example, Los Angeles is
the most autocentric community, but although it is the template
for Sacramento and San Jose, it is not the only autocentric community.
We need to change this paradigm, and if Los Angeles changes, then
those other copycats may change too.
interested in Urban Planning as a subject when I was on the Sebastopol
City Planning Commission from 2004-2006. I had already been active
and participating in local political issues, commenting on Environmental
Impact Reports, and attending County Board and Commission meetings
as an advocate for protecting watersheds and taking action on global
warming for Community Clean Water Institute and the Sonoma County
Climate Protection Campaign. As an advocate, I liked the challenge
of trying to find the solution that was most sustainable, that could
resolve the question of economy versus environment, to try to find
the win-win solution. As a Commissioner, I enjoyed hearing from
the public, and attempting to balance the priorities of a changing
city. I also felt that sometimes the public was wise, and other
times, they needed to be educated about the tradeoffs - for example,
they might not like traffic on their street, but the need for affordable
housing was greater than the impact they might face - additionally,
I don't like impermeable surface either, but we have an urban growth
boundary in order to direct growth within city limits which preserves
the hillsides, and will have less environmental impact due to the
denser city that requires fewer car trips and shorter commutes.
There were no easy answers, but there were educational opportunities,
and practical ways to implement sustainability.
GHGs be part of CEQA? If so, how is a threshhold of significance
for GHGs determined in a jurisdiction, or on a project basis? How
to include GHGs in General Plans? What happens when GHG reduction
goals conflict with other planning goals?
Court of Appeals ruling on GHGs in CEQA 4-28-10
and climate change. How will climate change affect how cities deliver
basic services, including transportation, water, sanitation, waste
disposal, housing. and more?
economics and climate change. When emissions are capped, emission
permits may be valuable, and revenues should be granted to people.
Some ways to do this are
Cap and Dividend
Cap and Share
about Los Angeles and urban planning:
sixth most populous spot on earth has killed Nature...Another transformation
-from The Future
of Los Angeles by Paul Glover (Note: Paul Glover is the founder
of Ithaca Hours, a local currency system that inspired Sonoma
County Community Cash and other programs around the country.
of systemic under-investment in housing and urban infrastructure,
combined with grotesque subsidies for speculators, permissive zoning
for commercial development, the absence of effective regional planning,
and ludicrously low property taxes for the wealthy have ensured
an erosion of the quality of life for the middle classes in older
suburbs as well as for the inner-city poor."
-from City of Quartz by Mike Davis
are some outside urban planning links:
of Los Angeles Planning Commission document: "Do
Real Planning" (pdf)
Guidelines for Cities
and Counties regarding Climate Change (pdf)
on Cap and Trade of VMT
(pdf) by Joel Woodhull (he was a founder of the Sonoma County Transportation
and Land Use Coalition and an advisor on transportation issues to
the Climate Protection Campaign, he recently passed
away and will be missed)
The City Chicken
information coming soon...