After a course correction, Los Angeles County Planner Dr. Clement Lau diverted from a legal education to a planning education and career. It was the correct choice, he was reminded at this year's UCLA Extension Land Use Law & Planning Conference. Most of his interest focussed on the planning side of the program.
"Held at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel, this year’s event took place on January 31st and was attended by over 250 attorneys, planners, public officials, developers, consultants, and other professionals." Of particular interest to the more planning oriented in attendance were the following:
- The session with three generations of San Diego Planning Directors: Gail Goldberg, Bill Anderson, and Bill Fulton (yes, that Bill Fulton - author of Guide to California Planning and former Mayor of Ventura). They discussed the challenges and accomplishments during their tenures.
- Demographic Changes and California Planning which included professor Dowell Myers from USC, Victor Rubin from PolicyLink, and Jeannette Dinwiddie-Moore with Dinwiddie and Associates. This session was information-packed with facts about California's present and future (many of which were surprising).
- AB 1359 (Hernandez), the Revised Quimby Act, " It authorizes fees paid pursuant to the Quimby Act to also be used to develop or rehabilitate parks in a neighborhood other than the one in which the subdivision for which fees were paid as a condition of tentative map approval is located, if certain requirements are met."
- AB 265 (Gatto): ". . . provides that a public entity that owns or operates a dog park shall not be held liable for an injury or death of a person or pet resulting solely from the actions of a dog in the dog park."
- "Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is moving toward completion of a comprehensive update of the General Plan Guidelines which is nearly 40 years old."
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