AIA|LA POC & UDC Address Upcoming Ballot Initiatives That May Result in a Building Moratorium in L.A
March 8, 6:00-8:00PM
Altoon Partners - 617 West Seventh Street, #400 Los Angeles, CA 90017

AIA|LA Urban Design Committee & AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee

Integrating Design Thinking into Public Policy that Impacts the Built Environment


Guest Speaker: Edward J. Casey - Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

Please join us at a special joint-meeting of the AIA|LA Urban Design and Political Outreach Committees, which will be on Tuesday, March 8th (6pm) at the office of Altoon Partners in Downtown LA.

The meeting will serve as a forum to learn more insight from land use attorney Edward J. Casey about the potential negative impacts of the prospective anti-housing initiative, which has been introduced by a group called “A Coalition to Preserve LA”.  

The presentation will also (1) provide an update on the efforts of the coalition of business and labor interests to oppose the moratorium initiative and (2) discuss potential legal defects in the initiative.

After the presentation, we may also have the chance to debate amongst ourselves the merits of the recently announced second initiative, which has been introduced by the "Build a Better LA Coalition.” and includes such topics as prevailing wages, local hire and inclusionary zoning provisions.  Both ballot initiatives are attached below.

1) "Coalition to Preserve LA" 

2) "Build a Better LA"

When: Tuesday, March 8 (6pm - 8:00pm)

Where:  Altoon Partners - 617 West Seventh Street, #400, Los Angeles, CA 90017


Edward J. Casey - Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

Ed Casey represents a variety of residential, retail and commercial developers in land use matters, including those arising under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). His practice encompasses every facet of the entitlement process, from pre-acquisition due diligence to permitting, and he has successfully prosecuted and defended CEQA and other land use lawsuits for a number of major development projects. Ed was listed in the 2015 and 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© and named a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental, and Land Use Law” by The Recorder. In 2012, Ed was featured in the Daily Journal as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” and in 2011, the Daily Journal named Ed one of California’s Top 25 Land-Use Leaders. 

Ed’s practice also focuses on water supply issues arising from development projects. He has represented private landowners and developers in connection with securing sufficient water supplies for their projects in accordance with recent water supply legislation. 

Ed is a member of the board of governors of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and chairs the Land Use Committee of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago in 1985.

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The AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee

The AIA|LA Political Outreach Committee (POC) mission is to help establish a political voice for architects and perform leadership outreach to policy makers and elected officials on matters of importance to AIA|LA and its membership. The POC’s goals and objectives are to develop policy positions on matters related to the built environment, urban design, and the practice of architecture. The POC can serve both as a catalyst that initiates new policy and as an advocate and advisor that encourages and promotes proposed policies already in development.

Chair:  Manny Gonzalez, AIA - Principal, KTGY Architecture + Planning

Vice-Chair/ Chair-elect:  VACANT = contact Will Wright if you’re interested in this opportunity

Past-Chair(s): Rocky Rockefeller, AIA - Senior Partner, Rockefeller Partners Architects & Gwynne Pugh, FAIA - Principal, Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio

For 2016, The POC will meet as follows (2nd Tuesday of each month at various locations):

  • February 9 (6pm - 8pm) = 
  • March 8 (6pm - 8pm) = Altoon Partners LLP
  • April 12 (6pm - 8pm) = Location TBD
  • May 10 (6pm - 8pm) = Location TBD
  • June 14 (6pm - 8pm) = Location TBD
  • July 12 (6pm - 8pm) = Location TBD
  • August 9 (6pm - 8pm) = Location TBD
  • September 13 (6pm - 8pm) = Location TBD
  • October 11 (6pm - 8pm) = Location TBD
  • November 8 (6pm - 8pm) = Location TBD
  • December 13 (6pm - 8pm) = Location TBD

Location TBD* - would your firm like to host?  As the host you’d provide your conference room for 15 to 20 people and provide, beer, wine & snacks as well.