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2014-15 Past President’s Year End Review

Dear colleagues and friends,
Thank you for the opportunity to represent you as President, ASLA-NCC, 2014-2015. Those of us who served on the Executive Committee have accomplished much, made significant changes, and believe we have been good Chapter stewards, leaving the Chapter better than when we began the year. Here is a summary of this years activities:

 

What’s new?

Support of the NCC area HALS program by funding $5,500 for 5 stipends to support student and emerging professional engagement.
Donation of $5,000 Stewardship Level for ASLA’s Center for Landscape Architecture, Washington DC renovation project.
Created annual sponsorship opportunities, in addition to our regular individual event sponsorship opportunities, with great success.
President Elect Marybeth Harasz proposed “Sharks Night”, in support of expanding South Bay Chapter members […]

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Updated MWELO to take effect Dec 1, 2015

Implementation of the updated statewide landscape water ordinance is scheduled to go into effect this December.  The updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) will apply to new landscape construction and projects with significantly modified or renovated landscapes requiring a local permit, plan check or design review.  Details of the 2015 Updated MWELO are available from the State Department of Water Resources website at http://www.water.ca.gov/wateruseefficiency/landscapeordinance/

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Upcoming MWELO Workshops for Local Agencies

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has scheduled a series of workshops to update local agencies and water suppliers on recent revisions to the MWELO, the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.

Although  the primary target audience are the Land Use Agencies and Water Suppliers tasked with enforcing the landscape regulations, CCASLA is encouraging ASLA members to attend so that the landscape architectural profession is represented to provide input as needed.

Click here to download a copy of the DWR flyer for dates and locations.

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SF Giants Night Recap!

SF Giants Night Recap!


– by Liz Boults

“Don’t Stop Believin’ “ – SF Giants Night Recap!

On Tuesday, July 28, ASLA-NCC hosted our annual summertime event at AT&T Park. Although the SF Giants lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, the night was warm and the beer was cold, as 150 of our members and their guests succeeded in furthering the great camaraderie that exists within our creative, professional community. Special thanks extend to our corporate sponsors – Acker-Stone, Coldspring, Hunter, Landscape Forms, Miracle Play Systems, Park West, QCP, and Tournesol – and to landscape architect Eric Blasen and Gehl Studios for leading pre-game tours of their wonderful projects at the park. Let’s keep the social momentum going and meet up again at one of […]

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ASLA-NCC Participates in MWELO Update Process

– by Jacob Tobias

ASLA-NCC representatives, along with CCASLA, participated in the stakeholder input process for the State Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO).  The MWELO update process is a response to Governor’s Executive Order B-29-15, requiring certain water-efficiency measures to be implemented due to the current drought. CCASLA supported the goal of increasing the water-efficiency of California landscapes, and advocated for several changes to the proposed revisions in order to protect landscape architects’ choices and flexibility when designing water-efficient landscapes.  Some of the CCASLA’s recommendations were:

That existing tree protection and tree planting be encouraged and accounted for;
Greater emphasis on retrofitting existing planting areas and irrigation systems;
Not limiting the effective precipitation rate to 1”/hr. as proposed, so that overhead spray irrigation […]

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Sonoma Wine Mixer

Sonoma Wine Mixer

– by Katrina Majewski

All of the individual chapters in the American Society of Landscape Architecture encompass large areas and include many landscape architects. The Northern California Chapter of is no exception; it represents approximately 450 landscape architects at the local level, which is inclusive of the entire Bay Area. As such, It isn’t always easy to network and really get to know one another from North, South, East and West sides of the San Francisco Bay.

When Julianna Wild of Sonoma County reached out to the Northern California Chapter in hopes to build a better connection with San Francisco and Alameda counties, it was a perfect opportunity to bring all the coasts of the Bay together.  She and I are […]

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ASLA-NCC Volunteers Plant Trees in Oakland and Help Build Schoolyard in SF

ASLA-NCC Volunteers Plant Trees in Oakland and Help Build Schoolyard in SF

– by Jacob Tobias

To celebrate Landscape Architecture Month, ASLA-NCC worked with other volunteer organizations to promote two volunteering opportunities for our members during the month of April, 2015.  In San Francisco, volunteers joined Education Outside to help build the green schoolyard at the Buena Vista Horace Mann elementary school in the Mission District.  In Oakland, volunteers joined the  Sierra Club’s Northern Alameda County Group “Tree Team” to plant street trees around the Learning Without Limits school in East Oakland.  These are ongoing opportunities.  For more information, please contact Jacob Tobias at at jtobias@asla-ncc.org.

Volunteers help build the green schoolyard at Buena Vista Horace Mann elementary school.

ASLA-NCC Members Derek Schubert, Jacob Tobias, and Solange Guillaume planting street […]

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LATC Annual Summit Feb 10-11, 2015

LATC Annual Summit Feb 10-11, 2015

The LATC (Landscape Architects Technical Committee) held its annual summit over the course of two days on February 10 and 11, 2015 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  A main topic of discussion on the Agenda was the Committee’s update and possible action on the upcoming Sunset Review in the California legislature (March 18).

In preparation for the Sunset Review, an extensive Sunset Review Report, dated November 2014 was prepared detailing the activities, functions and current status of the profession of landscape architecture in the State of California and its oversight by the LATC.

In June 2014, the LATC completed an Occupational Analysis (OA) which will be the basis for updating the California Supplemental Exam (CSE). An OA generally has a […]

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CCASLA Represents Profession at Sunset Hearings

– by Jon Wreschinsky, President, California Council of American Society of Landscape Architects

On March 18, 2015, CCASLA representatives testified before a joint session of the California state Senate and Assembly Business and Professions Committees.  The session was conducted to take testimony and respond to prior solicitation for input on sunset of the Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC).  Testifying on behalf of CCASLA were John Nicolaus, Government Affairs Liaison and Jon Wreschinsky, President.  Nicolaus’ and Wreschinsky testimony was the culmination of several months of coordinated advocacy meetings by all four Chapters to educate legislators and other decision makers on the importance of maintaining professional licensure for landscape architects in California and the importance of the profession in addressing California’s many planning and […]

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Bob Perry on Plants & Water: Sustainability and Landscape Design

Bob Perry on Plants & Water: Sustainability and Landscape Design

The ASLA-NCC South Bay Lecture series continued in full swing with a presentation by Bob Perry, FASLA on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Attendees came from around the Bay Area to hear Perry’s presentation on plants, water, and how to use them sustainably in landscape design. Perry also spent time before and after the presentation speaking with guests of the lecture and signing copies of his comprehensive plant reference book, Landscape Plants for California Gardens.

The series continues to produce a strong turnout as word spreads about the lecture opportunities closer to residents of the South Bay area. The main audience for the events draws from the coastal areas and residents of the East Bay. Many attendees noted they […]

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