Monthly Archives: June 2014

Andrew Chang, (2014-2015) Student Representative on the Infrastructure Initiative Council

Andrew Chang, MURP/MS Civil Engineering Candidate, UCI An Orange County native, Andrew Chang is currently a student at the University of California, Irvine, pursuing a joint master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Civil Engineering, focusing in environmental planning and water resources management. He is a recipient of the 2014 Orange County American Planning Association Bob Goldin Scholarship, and has received departmental awards for academic excellence in his time at UC Irvine. Andrew received his B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011, and … Read More

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Mahshid Karimi, (2014-2015) Student Representative on the Edge Development Initiative Council

Mahshid Karimi, MURP Candidate (2015), UCI Mahshid Karimi is a graduate student in Urban and Regional Planning at University of California, Irvine. She received her bachelor’s degree at University of Tehran in Industrial Design and earned her first master’s degree from University of Alberta, Canada, where she taught undergrad courses for six months. After her six-year education in the design field and experiencing a broad range of projects, she decided to change her direction toward urban planning and design in order to fulfil her knowledge and experience about the built … Read More

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Taber Gonzales, (2014-2015) Student Representative on the Capital Markets Initiative Council

Taber Gonzales, MBA/MRED Candidate, USC Taber has been a senior financial analyst at WMC Mortgage LLC since 2005. His primary  responsibilities include analytical support for mortgage sales and repurchases via the secondary market, performance tracking and forecasting for residential mortgage backed securities, and oversight of third party servicing and REO liquidation efforts. On the side, Taber has been actively acquiring single and multi-family residential properties since 2007.  He is also a founding member of Minds Matter of Los Angeles, a non-profit mentoring program for high achieving, under-privileged high school students. … Read More

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Oscar Romero, (2014-2015) Student Representative on the Sustainable Communities Initiative Council

Oscar Romero, MURP Candidate, UCI  Oscar Romero was born and raised in San Diego, California.  He recently moved  to Orange County as of September 2013 in pursuit of his Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine. He became interested in urban planning as an undergrad at the University of California, San Diego as an Ethnic Studies student. The degree taught him to critically engage in social issues, to be an advocate of social justice, and introduced him to the planning field. He is pursuing planning … Read More

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Evan Hromadka, (2014-2015) Student Representative on the Multi-Housing Initiative Council

Evan Hromadka, MBA/MRED Candidate, USC Prior to attending USC, Evan was an asset management associate at Douglas Emmett Management, a premier Southern California Management Company with 15.1 million square feet of commercial space under management.  His primary responsibilities centered on the financial and operational management of retail and commercial properties in the Los Angeles area, focusing on the development and reconciliation of annual operating budgets in excess of $7.5 million.  In addition, he oversaw the leasing and tenant construction projects for the Sherman Oaks Galleria, a 1 million sf mixed-use … Read More

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Violet Fuller Promoted to Associate!

The ULI Orange County/Inland Empire announces Violet Fuller has been promoted to Associate in the District Council office.  Violet started in June 2011, as Administrative Assistant.  During the downturn, Violet proved herself invaluable, assisting the Executive Director and the Manager with daily and ongoing operations.  Violet is a first-responder for ULI members, who call to register for programs and with questions about membership and getting involved.  In addition to maintaining administrative, financial and office operations, in Violet’s new role, she is working closely with the Young Leaders Group as well … Read More

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Commercial Property Outlook for Private and Public Markets

Capital Markets Mentorship Group meeting hosted by John Bejjani at Green Street Advisors. John presented a very in depth commercial property outlook for private and public markets. See below for the group photo. 

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Multifamily Lending led by Andrew Kwok of Beech Street

Beech Street hosted the Capital Markets Mentorship Group meeting at their offices in Newport Beach. The meeting started with a discussion on negotiation strategy and tactics in the work/re environment that was led by Bill. The second half of the meeting was dedicated to a discussion of a case study on multifamily lending led by Andrew Kwok of Beech Street.

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Take 5 : YLG Workshop Series, “Boba, Babies and the Big Box”

– The Source in Buena Park (currently under construction) is a 450,000 sf mixed use project with entertainment, retail, office and hotel components. The project site is strategically located between two cities with a growing population of Korean Americans (Los Angeles and Irvine). Further, Buena Park is also experiencing a rapid growth in its population of Korean Americans. – Asian American households on average earn more than general U.S. households and are more likely to have incomes of $100,000 or more. – In 2012, Asian American households spent 19% more … Read More

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Planning for Bikes in the City

By Melissa Jeng, UC Berkeley (2015) and Phyllis Alzamora, ULI OC/IE Under the big, diverse tent of ULI members, representing professions from all sectors of the planning and development industry, a program held on June 19th, in Costa Mesa, was primarily for developers, planners, transportation planners, consultants and city agency staff and officials: “Planning for Bikes in the City.” When moderator Paul Martin, Alta Planning + Design, polled the audience of about 70 people, asking “who has a bike in the garage?” everyone raised a hand.  A few hands went … Read More

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