Monthly Archives: October 2015

Watch Airbnb Cofounder Speak at the ULI Fall Meeting

The 2015 ULI Fall Meeting was packed full of industry leading speakers including Airbnb cofounder Brian Chesky. In his presentation Mr. Chesky discusses how technology and the sharing economy have disrupted the travel and tourism industry and what it means for “traditional” hotel development. #ULIFall  

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Apply Today for the ULI Mentorship Program

ULI OC/IE Co-Mentors Lisa Stipkovich and Sheri Vander Dussen, both formerly with the City of Anaheim, arranged a meeting for their Protégés with Bob Bunyan, who is shown here giving a presentation on the history and development of Aliso Viejo, Calif. Protégés have been heard saying that the ULI Mentorship Program is a marque program for the District Council. The 9th Annual ULI OC/IE Mentorship Program begins in January 2016.   Land Use Planning and Real Estate Development Professionals under 35 years old and seasoned ULI members are encouraged to apply … Read More

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Thinking Outside A Runoff Basin

The newly-branded Infrastructure Technology Initiative Council focused on an unconventional plan and design for stormwater management. Gobernadora Multi-Purpose Basin, a ULI Best of the Best In Sustainable Development Award winner, does more than serve as a single function stormwater management facility. It is part of an integrated watershed planning approach with the intent to maximize water resources beneficial uses. The Gobernadora Basin was placed upstream as opposed to downstream to mitigate development from homes built in Coto de Caza years ago when stormwater runoff management was not required. Speakers: Bruce … Read More

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Advancing the Choice Expo: The Future of Transportation

The  annual Advancing the Choice Expo will take place on Thursday, October 29th at UC Riverside. This year’s theme is “The Future of Transportation”. The event will include a keynote address from Jim Madaffer, Chair of the California Transportation Commission’s Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee, networking and an opportunity to test-drive clean tech vehicles. For more information or to register for this event, click on the following link. Eventbrite page

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Paul Johnson, VP Rancho Mission Viejo, speaks at Leaders Program

Students of the Urban Land Institute popular lecture series, ULI Leaders in Planned Communities, Residential Design & Urban Infill, were recently honored by speaker Paul Johnson, Sr. Vice President/Community Development, Rancho Mission Viejo. The class is part of a program designed to provide a relevant learning experience for housing industry professionals as well as university students.  An impressive roster of industry leaders will speak from September 9th through November 4th. As a brief introduction, Paul Johnson joined Rancho Mission Viejo in 1998 and now leads a team of 21 persons, … Read More

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From a Futurist

At the ULI Fall Meeting last week in San Francisco, there was a lot of great information about what is happening today in the industry.  Some even more interesting bits came from futurists with predictions about how our lives will be impacted by technology.  James Uldrich was one of the futurists, who spoke at a general session on the first day.  These are my takeaways about his predictions of trends: Wearable Technology – think about how this will help seniors. 3D Printing – think about how this will impact logistics, trade, construction and … Read More

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ULI Goes to San Francisco!

“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”…ULI OC/IE staff and over 250 members attended the 2015 Fall Meeting in San Francisco on October 6th – 8th. Key highlights from the meeting included a keynote address from Airbnb cofounder and CEO, Brian Chesky, the release of Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2016, and a presentation by Futurist Paul Saffo to close out the meeting. In addition to the very informative sessions, staff and members alike enjoyed several networking receptions including the all attendee welcome … Read More

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APA/ULI Panel – Building a Bridge

APA and ULI meet at the APA California conference in Oakland to discuss ways to bring members from both organizations to focus on land use and real estate issues. As the saying goes “Two heads are better than one.” (LtoR) Andrea Ouse, City of Vallejo; Dana Privitt, Kimley-Horn; Phyllis Tuchmann, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire; Mary M. Lydon, ULI San Diego/Tijuana; Gary Halbert, City of Chula Vista; Gail Goldberg, ULI Los Angeles; and Randal W. Jackson, PlaceWorks.

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MFH Diamonds in the Rough

At the “Creating Diamonds in the Rough” ULI Fall 2015 Multi-Housing Program in Newport Beach on September 11th, 2015, included Moderator Sean Deasy, HFF, flushing out great questions about the challenges that currently face multifamily developers and investors.   Panelists:  Jerry Fink, The Bascom Group; Christopher Hilbert, Steadfast Companies; Sam Simone, Mill Creek Residential and Bill Montgomery, Sares-Regis Group, also discussed their strategies for attempting to maintain yield, including increasing allocations to secondary and tertiary geographies, engaging in aggressive underwriting, accepting strict JV structures, and exploring alternate product types. Looking Beyond Southern California and Core Markets Cap rates continue … Read More

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