PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/10/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 091021-2
Subject:
City of Long Beach Recognized for Excellence and Outstanding Achievements in Planning
Contact:
Rick de la Torre
(562) 570-7174
Richard.Delatorre@longbeach.gov
Community Information Officer
Development Services Department




Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has recently received six prestigious awards from the California Chapter and Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association (APA) as well as the California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP). The organizations recognize and celebrate many of the most noteworthy governmental planning projects, programs and environmental plans in the region and statewide.

“Long Beach is proud to be recognized locally and throughout the state for its leading planning efforts,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “These award-winning projects reflect the City’s ongoing commitment to innovative, inclusive and sustainable planning and development for our diverse community.”

The following Long Beach projects and initiatives have been recognized for demonstrating exceptional planning work that serves to create more livable, vibrant and equitable communities:

  • Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative; Award of Merit – Advancing Diversity and Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff from the APA California Chapter and Award of Excellence from the APA Los Angeles section
    • Acknowledging the existence and long-standing impacts of systemic racism in Long Beach and the country, the Long Beach City Council unanimously adopted the Racial Equity and Reconciliation: Initial Report in August 2020. Following extensive listening sessions and data analysis facilitated by the City’s Office of Equity, the initiative outlines goals, strategies and action steps for addressing anti-Black racism, advancing racial equity and reconciling with the vision that race should not determine social and economic outcomes for those who live or work in Long Beach.
  • Southeast Area Specific Plan (SEASP); Award of Excellence – Hard-Won Victories from the APA California Chapter and APA Los Angeles section and AEP Outstanding Planning Document Award
    • Led by the Development Services Department, SEASP represents more than 10 years of planning, collaborating, compromise and community engagement for the southeast area of the City of Long Beach and Los Angeles County. The plan accommodates substantial new opportunity for urban growth and habitat preservation within the 1,500-acre planning area.
  • Safe Streets Long Beach Vision Zero Action Plan; Award of Excellence  – Transportation Planning from the APA Los Angeles section
    • The ambitious initiative aims to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries citywide by 2026. Coordinated by Long Beach’s Public Works Department, the plan will use data analysis, community input and best practice research to identify programs and policies that can make Long Beach streets safer for everyone.
With more than 40,000 members worldwide, the APA strives to create great communities through innovative and practical approaches that enable the planning community to anticipate and successfully adapt to the needs of a rapidly changing world. For more information about the APA, visit planning.org. The AEP is dedicated to enhancing, maintaining and protecting the quality of natural and human environments and advancing the science and art of environmental planning, analysis and evaluation. To learn more about the AEP, go to califaep.org/.