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California Council of ASLA Sacramento meeting

On April 25, 2016, members of the California Council of ASLA gathered in Sacramento for a one-day retreat.  Director John Nicolaus, representing the Sierra Chapter, hosted the meeting at the Sacramento headquarters of Wood Rodgers.

CCASLA Board of Directors 2015-16.  From Left, John Nicolaus (Sierra), Cathy Blake (N California), Chiye Azuma (N California), Jon Wreschinsky (San Diego), Jerry Hastings (S California), Mike Scheele (Sierra).  Missing: Mike Nichols (San Diego) and Jim Pickel (S California).

With President Chiye Azuma of the Northern California Chapter presiding, Executive Director Tracy Morgan Hollingworth and CCASLA Board of Directors representing all four California Chapters welcomed Terri Thomas, CCASLA’s legislative advocate in Sacramento, and Trish Rodriguez, LATC’s Program Manager, to the meeting and heard legislative reports and program […]

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2016 State Legislative Bills of Interest

AB 1142 (Gray) Mining and Reclamation            Watch  Chaptered 4.18.16

 
AB 1142
(Gray D)   Mining and geology: surface mining.

Current Text: Chaptered: 4/18/2016   pdf   html

Status: 4/18/2016-Chaptered by Secretary of State – Chapter 7, Statutes of 2016.

Is Urgency: N

Location: 4/18/2016-A. CHAPTERED

Summary:  The Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 prohibits a person, with exceptions, from conducting surface mining operations unless, among other things, a permit is obtained from, a specified reclamation plan is submitted to and approved by, and financial assurances for reclamation have been approved by the lead agency for the operation of the surface mining operation. This bill would revise and recast provisions of the act related to the approval of reclamation plans and, among other things, would require a reclamation plan filed by an operator of […]

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Help Plant Street Trees and School Yards with Oakland’s Sierra Club Tree Team

by Derek Schubert, ASLA, Coordinator of the Sierra Club Tree Team

Thanks to our volunteers, the Sierra Club Tree Team has planted around 300 trees in Oakland since mid-November, and roughly 1,500 trees in total since 2010. We hope you can join us. We’ll provide the shovels, gloves, and other tools and supplies.

When: Most Saturdays at 9am, and some Sundays, and even the occasional weekday. Join us as often as your schedule allows it. Please be on time so you can get our orientation and safety-briefing.

Where: We usually meet at our staging area in Fruitvale (Epic School, 1122 29th Avenue, southeast side of the street between East 12th Street and the railroad tracks), but if we’re planting in […]

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David Mitchell – Advocate and Activist for California’s Landscape Architects

On April 21st, 2016 at the ASLA-NCC Annual Meeting and Awards Gala, David Mitchell was awarded the ASLA-NCC Special Recognition Award for Continuous and Dedicated Membership. Dave served for 23 years as a member of the Northern California Chapter’s Executive Committee beginning his tenure in the early 1990’s as the South Bay Section Chair. In 1995, he was elected as PresidentElect to the Northern California Chapter and served as the Chapter President in 1996‐1997 after which he moved on to serve on the CCASLA Committee representing the Northern California Chapter.

But Dave has not only served on the ASLA-NCC Executive Committee, he has also continuously represented California’s Landscape Architects again and again during his tenure beginning in the […]

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Little Less Conversation, Little More Action (Please) by Jan Merryweather

by Jan Merryweather, PlantRight

I saw Elvis today.

Actually, he’s quite the regular at Sustainable Conservation’s San Francisco headquarters these days. More than a titan among musical icons “The King” has become a muse to the PlantRight team, especially this National Invasive Species Awareness Week . We love Elvis’ “A Little Less Conversation” because it might as well be our theme song for actionable awareness. We can’t guarantee you’ll be dancing along by the end of this article, but we do guarantee providing you with a few awareness-raising resources, a deeper understanding of what’s holding back the hold-outs from taking positive action, and most importantly what we can do about it.

PlantRight defines “actionable awareness” as what happens when individuals […]

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What Have You Done For Me Lately?

The Executive Committee of the NCC volunteers spend their time working on behalf of our members, often behind the scenes with little fanfare. We spend our time organizing lectures and events, ensuring fiscal health and advocating for landscape architects locally and at the State level.  Our key goals are to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. In our busy professional lives it’s nice to take time out to connect with colleagues by volunteering or attending events.

We are sometimes asked about the value of membership – what do we really get for our dues? It’s important to remember that ASLA is the only professional organization effectively representing landscape architects with policy makers and the public.  There are a […]

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ASLA Public Awareness Summit Summary

ASLA Public Awareness Summit Summary

On the weekend of January 8th 2016, I attended The American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA)’s Public Awareness Summit in Charleston, South Carolina.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, it was my first ever ASLA National event. There were 56 total attendees, representing all of the 49 chapters in the country. I’m involved with the Public Awareness/Public Relations Committee here at the Northern California Chapter, and everyone attending the Summit is involved in the same committees in their respective chapters. From the start, I knew that the event would be fruitful.

The conference leaders organized all attendees into small groups, a great way to manage a large amount of people with many ideas. Specific chapter representatives presented their […]

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Sharks Game Success

Sharks Game Success

If you have been to a game with ASLA-NCC you would know these events aren’t your average sports viewing experience, but instead opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime! From all the effort that is put into the social before the game to the bonus activities after, the event is always well worth your time. If you had a chance to go last season’s Giants game, but weren’t able to make it out for this event you definitely have something to add to your bucket list for next year!

Upon entering through a VIP entrance at the SAP arena you knew this event was going to special. To build on that excitement we had to walk […]

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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 […]

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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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