Monthly Archives: October 2013

Homegrown Revolution in California

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“There is a ‘Homegrown Revolution’ in Calif – for the first time in state history there are more native born residents than foreign born,” states Dowell Myers, USC. He added that the demographics of young people are declining in OC.  “Children are so precious. We are going to have to do twice as much to support them because they are going to have to do twice as much to support us (seniors).” Myers asked city planning officials what policies can be implemented today that addresses the needs of OC cities … Read More

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OC Transportation Authority’s Regional Bikeways

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Charlie Larwood, OCTA, presents OC Transportation Authority’s Regional Bikeways Planning process, which began in 2011. OC Planning Officials looked at transit, including bicycles, trains and the airport in OC, at their 17th annual forum.

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ULI discussing water infrastructure

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“We are at a critical time in terms of decisions about water, especially at the state level,” Steve LaMar, IRWD says at the Infrastructure Initiative Council meeting. Mark Krebs, PACE, leads the IIC and opened the quarterly meeting to non-members of the Council to discuss the important Issue of water infrastructure.

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UCI grad students : Masters in Urban and Regional Planning

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UCI grad students creating their downtown proposals for a fictitious City RFP with Legos and assistance from ULI Member Bob Kahn, RK Engineering. UrbanPlan is a development simulation program the District Council is supporting as part of the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning program.

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“Take 5 from the YLG” CEQA 101 “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Purpose: The purpose of “Take 5 from the YLG” is to share 5 relevant take-always that were obtained by a young leader who attended a ULI program. ULI Event: The YLG produced CEQA 101 “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” 1.       The key to CEQA reform is educating a community on land use and encourage them to get involved during the policy process. 2.       Lead agencies are often presented with a proposed development that is 100% designed.  It would behoove developers to approach a lead agency sooner so that … Read More

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ULI at the DOE Solar Decathlon

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Volunteering to tell visitors about ULI at the DOE Solar Decathlon is Veronica Willenbring, Morley Builders (left), with colleagues from USGBCOC.

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ULI in the Classroom

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Graduate students in the UCI Masters in Urban and Regional Planning program conduct a real estate development simulation exercise created by ULI, called UrbanPlan, as part of the Practicum course. Twelve ULI members volunteer their time to assist the students with developing a plan. Bob Kahn, RK Engineers, is seen here with one of the teams. He lends expertise in transportation engineering to the students.

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See the Solar Powered Houses

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Neither wind nor heat kept  visitors from attending the US Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon and City of Irvine XPO over the weekend. If you missed it, the Solar Decathlon is open on Oct 10-13 from 11 am to 7 pm. Oh, and come by the ULI/USGBC booth at the XPO and say hello to the ULI members volunteering their time to promote the organization.

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ULI at the Solar Decathlon

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Susan Davison, Build It Green, and Chris Christie, Christie Development Services, volunteer at the joint ULI/USGBC booth at the City of Irvine XPO as part of the Solar Decathlon. The US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is open again on Oct 10-13, 11 am to 7 pm. Don’t miss it!

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New Venture Sponsor

Regatta CHP Microtrubines help power the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco

Regatta Smart Power Solutions – a ULI Orange County/Inland Empire New Venture Sponsor – shares five things you ought to know that will give you an edge on your next big deal. 1. Smart Power can actually positively impact your bottom line. Regatta Solutions is a local energy solution provider. Our territories span the entire state of California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. We use clean natural gas-powered Microturbines, which are small highly efficient generators to provide quick payback for high-energy demand projects. Some examples of energy solutions are: a.   Hospitality b.   … Read More

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