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https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AUOA8bRC9gKnZGYyOHZiODRfMTI5ZzN2N DJzY2g&hl=en&authkey=CICnra8C Annual Report 2009-2010 Annual Division Performance Reports Division Name: Latinos and Planning Prepared by: Vicky Carrasco Chair, Latinos and Planning Division Date: Due Date: November 2010 Covers: October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2010 Content of Annual Report Latinos and Planning Division 09-10 Report Major Accomplishments Work Plan Communications Conference Sessions/ Educational Programming Annual Meetings Membership Outreach Elections Financial Reports Bylaws Division Council Meetings Governance Policy Issues Summary of Major Accomplishments The Latinos and Planning Division has come a long way since 2005, when organization began to mobilize a national network. This annual report covers APA’s annual fiscal period between October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010. Major Accomplishments: Arizona Dialogos 2009 (Feb, June and October) and 2010 (April) Well attended New Orleans Conference Events, April 2010 (1 session, 1 Facilitated Discussion, Bus tour/lunch, Business Meeting) First LAP Scholarship distributed Continued growth and interest in division’s online social network (ning, forum discussion, events calendar) for members only (tempor Latinos and Planning has become a gateway for talented Latino planners to take on leadership roles within the planning field. Several of our members and leaders have been selected to be on influential committees within the American Planning Association. Most recently, one of our Division members, Mitch Silver became President Elect of APA. An LAP member from Texas, Veronica Soto is the current President of the Texas APA Chapter. Another member, Fernando Costa is in the PAB (Planning Accreditation Board) board. Our division’s former Vice Chair, Irayda Ruiz, was elected in 2008 to become a member of the APA's Board of Directors (Director-at-Large). In addition to them, Liz Delgado, Vicky Carrasco and Michele Rodriguez have also served as members of APA’s Diversity Task Force. In the past, Hector Solis, our Division’s former student representative, and Manny Munoz received the APA Student Representatives Council Award for Outstanding Planning Student Organization Award: Best Practices. Emmy Mendoza has also been a reciepient of APA award. Three of our LaP members are active members and regional representatives of APA’s Young Planners Group: Liz Delgado, Monica Villalobos, and Mario-Antonio Herrera. Our members also learn about job and networking opportunities from around the United States. Organizations that want to hire talented Latino planners send their job listings to the Division. In our second full year as a division, we had a great presence at the 2008 APA National Conference in Las Vegas, thanks largely to the leadership of Irayda Ruiz, our conference planner. Two by- right sessions were held, and an additional third session organized by our members was selected from the larger competitive APA pool. Each session was well attended (70-90 attendees). A bus tour of several Latino neighborhoods in Las Vegas was also organized (more in Events session). In Minneapolis, additional sessions and great events continues. In 2010, LAP's division events in New Orleans reach new heights, with the addition of a facilitated discussion session, and one by- right session attracting the most number of attendees in any of our previous sessions!! A committee formed to provide funding for local initiatives that address the key issues facing Latino communities, as defined in the National Agenda. Guidelines were approved for providing money to organize local events, and in 2010, a online funding form was created to help members apply for funds (and track progress). Through our 100% Leadership effort – which builds the capacity of our leaders to help govern the group – we expect to continue with successes, accomplishments in the coming year. Annual Work Plan Being Updated Communications Newsletters Dates of distribution: Fall 2007 Winter 2007/2008 Summer 2008 Spring 2009 Summer/Fall 2009 Spring 2010 Winter 2010/2011 (to be published in Jan) The newsletters have provided an added value to members of the division by providing quarterly reports of behind the scenes activity, along with activity within the APA that will is relevant to our members. Members have also been able to submit articles about an event or project occurring in their local jurisdiction/state and this has been a means of sharing ideas and prompting discussion. Profiles of new members were also included in some newsletter. In addition, the Summer 2008 newsletter provided members some nicely organized membership composition data (pie graphs, tables) of geographic reprsentation and professional category. With the new APA masthead, the division's newsletter has been able to evolve alongside it. We have been able to expand the content in the newsletter and expect to further expand the design and content this coming year. Website http://www.planning.org/divisions/latinos The Division provides information and announcements to both our members and individuals interested in the Division. Our website editor is Natalie DeLeon, and she ensures that our APA- LaP website is periodically updated, with key content posted on the main page. We have posted, for example, our most recent workplan. Contact Person: Natalie de Leon Listserv The listserv, donated by Rutgers University, continues to be one vehicle for communication among division members, and the larger network of individuals interested in issues related to planning in Latino communities. Members have posted job listings and shared resources about planning resources in Spanish. There are currently about 300 Individuals registered on the listserv. We have also had several requests by other Divisions on how we host and manage our listserv. Contact Person: Leo Vazquez Online Networking Website http://latinosandplanning.ning.com/ Starting in June 2008, a leadership ad-hoc subcommittee consisting of Vicky Carrasco, Leo Vazquez, Liz Delgado and Connery Cepeda have managed an online network (ning) for Division members to connect and share resources. To join this online network, you must be a member of the Division; monthly rosters from APA are used to confirm membership. In August 2010, ning went from a free service to a fee-based one, with three pricing plans. The ad-hoc subcommittee decided on the middle "Plus" plan for $199.95/year, which does not cap the total number of network members and allows for greater customization. Since launching the Division ning website on November 2008: a. 80 Division members have signed up as of November 2010 (10 new members since the last report on December 2009). b. In response to an overwhelming number of requests for information on joining the ning network, 60 memberships were approved on a trial basis in October 2010. Current membership is at 140 (with temp membership for some) c. 5 Groups have been created (Student Group, Young Planners Group, Environmental Group, Certification Maintenance Group, and Executive Committee). d. 34 discussion comments among the forum categories (News, Opportunities - Jobs & Contracts, Opportunities - Grants & Awards, Division Resources, Member Expertise, Uncategorized), along with several posted events on the calendar and personal messages on member pages. e. Since October 2009, 8 broadcast messages have been sent to all ning members informing them of network updates. f. Members of the APA Transportation Division and Sustainability Group have joined the network to learn how our Division utilizes this tool, so that it may be applied to other Divisions. g. (mentioned in last report) The ning network website was highlighted on APA's Interact newsletter in October 2009 - www.planning.org/interact/2009/oct20.htm. Contact Person: Connery Cepeda Membership surveys The most recent LaP membership survey was done in April 22, 2008, in anticipation of the 2008 APA Conference. We hope to develop another membership survey in 2011. Conference Events (APA 2010 Conference in New Orleans)/ Educational Programming: During APA’s 2010 annual conference, several events were organized by our conference planner, Arianana Martinez and Irayda Ruiz, and others in the leadership. (1 session, 1 Facilitated Discussion, Bus tour/lunch, Business Meeting) Sessions One by-right Session, with GREAT turn out. The Latinos and Planning Division sponsored a session on Planning for Street Food Vendors at APA's National Conference in New Orleans on April 11, 2010. Twitter me this: Taco Trucks and Cupcakes- Gentrification, Evolution or Something In Between? There were more than 150 in attendance, making the largested ever turn out to any LAP session, and the largest turnout in 2010, amongst ALL APA division sessions. Tour and Lunch: We had a great Tour organized by the local host committee, where almost 25 individuals jumped on a bus and got a taste of diversity in action as we visited various sites in New Orleans. This was followed by an excellent lunch, where several others joined us. This was the first time that the event was CM approved, so we were able to offer AICP members credit. This was also the first time that we received a full sponsorship! The Louisiana Housing Finance Agency gave us full funding to cover the transporation and food costs for the event, thereby reducing the cost to our members. In 2010, the objectives of the tour were to: Learn about the history of Latino culture in New Orleans; Learn how new Latino communities are impacting New Orleans; Learn about organizations serving Latino residents in New Orleans. Main locations visited were: Garden District: O.C. Haley Community Garden; Downtown/Warehouse District: FallstaffApartments and Easter New Orleans District: •Village-de-Jardin, •Willowbrookand •Walnut Square. It included a visit to HALEYCOMMUNITYGARDENS(GARDENDISTRICT), Presentation by Latino Farmers Coop. on the following: Food security systems Development of Human Capital Social networks Sustainable communities FALLSTAFFAPARTMENTS(DOWNTOWN/WAREHOUSEDISTRICTS) LFHA partners discuss challenges to provide affordable urban housing appealing to Latinos. Features of this project Adaptive reuse of a Historic Landmark 8 Acre property 147 apts. 95% occupied Open in 2008 VILLAGE-DE-JARDIN(EASTERNEWORLEANSDISTRICT) Senior housing project, funded by LFHA. $60 million Senior Community Project 224 living units Scheduled to open 2010… 3.2. WILLOWBROOK(EASTERN NEW ORLEANS DISTRICT) Featured Affordable/ Mix income housing projects. Founded by LFHA 17 acre property 408 apts. 25 three story buildings 70% Occupied WALNUT SQUARE(EASTER NEW ORLEANS DISTRICT) Featured Affordable/ Mix income housing projects founded by LFHA 12 acre site, 209 units Our main sponsors/partners were: Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (funder) Latino Farmers Coop Puentes New Orleans Annual Division Meeting (Minutes and Roster attached as Appendix III). The Latinos and Planning Division Business Meeting was held on April 12, 2010 (evening). There was a total of 14 participants. Participant input and discussion also helped in the creation of the division’s workplan. Joint Division Booth A Joint Division Booth was held in New Orleans, 2010, to showcase the various divisions within APA. We had material for the Latinos and Planning Division and several people came to explore what our division was about and network. In preparation of 2011 conference, Gabriela Juarez Martinez took the role of conference organizer, to plan events and sessions. Annual Meetings <<Provide the Minutes of the Division’s business meeting(s) including a roster of those in attendance>> [Add the minutes and attendance list to the end of this document as Appendix .] Membership/Outreach At this early stage of the Division’s creation, all activities in which the Division embarks have the intended effect of increasing and retaining membership. From the creation of the "Ning" site, http://latinosandplanning.ning.com/ , in which opportunities for active involvement and support to all members through calendar of upcoming events to network with each other and meet new people, and through conferences sessions and lunch/tour and divisions reception, the Division efforts have been geared to getting new members and retain those that presently are. More specifically, during the last year follow ups 1-on-1 invitations and calls were made to possible members that were known by Latinos leadership, specially, those in positions of influence in the profession, education and planning professional organization that could eventually result in bringing in additional members and heightened participation. The Division has had significant statistical growth since it’s creation as reflected in the Divisions Performance Chart showing 19 members on Dec. 31/2006, to the most highest of 107 members. This has happened as membership in other divisions as a whole has seen a drop during this period. While difficult to recruit members during the present economic period due to possible cuts in benefits and payment of membership, as well as positions, in cash strapped government agencies and other planning organizations, there will continue to be renewed efforts to enlist new members on a one-by-one personal contact basis. We believe that with harsh financial times, the ability to increase membership has gotten harder. In late 2009, and throughout 2010, membership has been between 107 to 98 to 94. A Membership Committee is in the process of being established to guide membership recruitment and retainment. This will help channelize and coordinate efforts more effectively and consistently. The Latinos and Planning Network has about 300 members, NING has 140, while the Division (which is made up of paying members) had nearly 100 members in 2010. Our Division membership is composed of about ¼ who are AICP, ¼ who are students and several more who are new professionals and just regular members. By region, more than 50% of our members are based in California. However, we are working on targeting more regions, including those with high Latino populations such as Texas, Florida, and other states. NEW: to this effort, we are working with a GIS professional which by zip code has mapped our membership, overlaying hispanic population by census track. Past Events October 2007 David Salazar, notes Other CA event February 2008 On February 15, 2008, the first Dialogo in Texas was held. This event was organized by one of our Division’s leader, Cecilia Giusti. The event began with the welcoming comments from Texas A&M University’s Interim Executive Vice President and Provost, both the Dean of the College of Architecture and the Department head of their Urban Planning department, an APA representative (sent by Bob Hunter), and Vicky from LaP Division. It was followed by attendee particitpation and discussion and then with a superb keynote speaker, former mayor of San Antonio Ed Garza, a planner, a Latino and elected official, with much experience in working with Latino communities. Cecilia Giusti, LaP local action network organizer, was main facilitator throughout the day, and while various speakers set the stage at different points during the meeting, the participants’ discussion and input was important and more than evident during break-out sessions (based on different themes) and as a large group. Participants were very motivated and there was immediate discussion about having similar dialogos in other regions of the state. Event process: had roundtable discussion based on themes (participant survey prior to meeting defined themes/topics) including Education, Economics/Financing, Infrastructure /Transportation/Mobility, Health, Social Issues, Building Capacity, Urban Environment/Urban design, Land Use/Construction Codes, Styles, Standards, and Environmental, and then group discussion addressing two LaP dialogo questions. This dialogo served as a good model due to the support which came from University departments, local juristicistion and local organizations. An estimated 110 participants attended the Dialogo. Individuals traveled from Houston, San Antonio, Austin Dallas, and other Texas communities. This Dialogo builds upon other Dialogos that have taken place since October 2005, both in terms of lessons learned and experiences. A formal report was recently released on January 2009. March 2008 Convening for a Movimiento: La Comunidad--National Strategic Leadership Forum On March 31, 2008, Leo Vazquez and Vicky Carrasco were invited to attend Convening for a Movimiento: La Comunidad--National Strategic Leadership Forum which was organized by the Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises and Parnters for Livable Communities in Philadelphia. They had the chance to participate in discussions on how Latino assets (art, culture, and heritage) can be utilized as tools for community development. There is often a lack of recognition nationally of the assets of the Latino community serving as catalysts for community and economic change. The meetings goal was to advance this topic through the experiences and outcomes from a diverse group of participants and formulate solutions to the challenges of why this issue is not a more accepted facet of community development across the country. October 2008 APA-Illinois State Conference Our chair Vicky Carrasco received a request from the IL-APA Conference organizers who were seeking a speaker to talk about emerging planning issues relevant to Latinos. Irayda Ruiz, who is the former vice-chair of our Division and APA board member, accepted the invitation on behalf of our division. Ruiz has been conducting a research study that involves new Latino communities in Suburban Washington DC. Her presentation title at that conference was: Engaging Latinos in Public Facilities Planning. This opportunity was a good example of a partnership beween APA Divisons and State Chapter, and we were glad to offer our Division’s expertise to address an issues of interest at the state conference. Other: Leo, NJ Elections Jan 2011 Will be selecting a nomination/election committee to oversee elections taking place in early 2011 2010 Appointments Interim Vice-Chair An decision was made to appoint Jason Saavedra as interim Vice Chair of the Steering/Executive Committee (Summer 2010). The previous vice-chair, Michele Rodriguez, was no longer able to continue with positiion Student Representative Jan 2010 An announcement was made to leadership to recommend Nathan Carley as the new Student Representative, of the Steering/Executive Committee. The previous student representative, Ricardo Aldama had graduated. Financial Reports The balance as of September 30, 2010 is $3,598.05. 8.1 The LAP Division had modest expenditures for fiscal year 2010. The largest expenditure was for the LAP New Orleans Tour in April at the National APA conference. However, this tour was also sponsored by the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA). The LHFA provided LAP with a $1,500 sponsorship check, which ultimately covered all costs for the tour. There were no expenses this fiscal year for the LAP’s newsletter, resulting from the distribution of only digital copies. There were no other expenditures for the LAP during FY10. Foreseeable expenses for FY11 include the newsletter, marketing materials, and dialogos. All expenditures are appropriate and fitting with the Divisions Work Plan. 8.2 Attached is the most recent fiscal year (October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010) Division Financial Report. Bylaws No Changes in Bylaws. Divisions Council Meetings Sept 2010 in DC: Vicky Carrasco attended as Chair April 2010 in New Orleans : Vicky Carrasco attended as Chair October 2009 in DC: Vicky Carrasco attended as steering committee representative (prior to first official elections) Governance This is first year of having a formal executive committee. Executive committee and leadership had conference calls throughout the year, and additional division leaders were invited and encouraged to join the calls. This included individuals like the newsletter editor, regional representatives, local organizers, committee members and conference planner. With elections coming up, the current Executive Committee will continue to meet monthly, and calls will also be held to include others in the leadership. Meeting minutes will also be posted on website. Policy Issues Describe how the Division has responded to requests for advice or assistance from the APA staff on national policy matters relating to the Division’s particular sector of interest or expertise. Describe any efforts the Division has undertaken in a leadership role on a policy issue. The Division has helped APA achieve greater diversity in its national committees. In late 2009, Vicky Carrasco was appointed in the Division's Council Policy Committee In 2008, Michelle Rodriguez was involved in a committee to review and provide input for APA’s Climate Change Policy Guide Document Other than that occasion, we have not been asked by the national organization to respond to specific issues related to Latinos and Planning, but would be happy to do so when given the opportunity.
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