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City and Regional Planning Advisory Council (CiRPAC)
The City & Regional Planning Advisory Council (CiRPAC) consists of alumni and professional planners committed to assisting Cal Poly CRP in achieving its vision and goals. The CiRPAC's purpose is threefold:
Bruce Baracco has been directly involved in land use and environmental planning in the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Joaquin Valley, and the Central Sierra Region for the past 43 years. During that time, he has worked for a variety of small cities, suburban and rural counties, three Local Agency Formation Commissions, and private clients.
As a public planner, Bruce has worked for Lodi, Napa County, Amador County, and San Joaquin County. He has also been a planning consultant and contract planner for Angels Camp, Ione, Plymouth, and Sutter Creek. He has been the project planner or primary author for numerous Environmental Impact Reports and Mitigated Negative Declarations.
Bruce is acknowledged for his depth of knowledge related to Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) matters, including annexations, reorganizations, district formations, municipal service reviews, and sphere of influence studies. He has served as Executive Officer for Amador, Mendocino, and San Joaquin LAFCos, and served as Executive Officer for the California Association of LAFCos (CALAFCO). He was honored as the CALAFCO Professional of the Year in 2005.
Bruce has been a member of the American Planning Association since 1972, and an AICP member since 1996. In 2015, he was inducted into the Planning Emeritus Network (PEN). He has been active in the Sacramento Valley Section of APA, serving on the Board of Directors for 17 years. In 2017, he was honored as a recipient of the Section Legacy Award.
Bruce graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cal Poly City and Regional Planning Department as a member of the first graduating class in 1970.
Since 2007, he has been the Principal Planner of Baracco and Associates as a planning, environmental, and LAFCo consultant. He is presently ‘trending toward retirement.’
James Bergman is a practicing city and regional planner working in the public sector. He has a strong belief that land use planning is the primary tool for communities to create satisfying quality of life that includes safe neighborhoods, healthy lifestyles, and strong local and sustainable economies. He also believes that wise land use planning can help us collectively address some of the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time including climate change, pollution, obesity, hunger, housing, education, and the care of our children and elderly. The main tools of his practice are his education and professional experience, a varied network of professional colleagues, and core values of service to community, relationship building, fairness, openness, empathy and the courage to suggest and try new programs and ideas.
Geoff is Principal + President of M-Group, a 35-person city planning firm in Mountain View, California. Geoff has over 25 years of professional public and private experience working with a variety of architectural, planning, development firms and public agencies. This included 10 years of public sector experience with Bay Area planning and redevelopment agencies prior to the formation of M-Group. His work includes downtown revitalization, major commercial, mixed-use, transit oriented projects and updates of General Plans, Housing Elements and Zoning Codes.
Geoff is a results-oriented planning professional with a strong design background in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. He is highly motivated to work to improve our natural and man-made places with an ability to combine innovative ideas with pragmatic solutions, and work with a wide variety of stakeholders on achieving community goals. Geoff has a passion for improving cities through urban planning.
He holds a B.S. in City and Regional Planning (1992) and a M.S. in Architecture, from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (2005). Geoff also attended The University of Sheffield in England for a year abroad studying Urban Studies and Landscape Architecture. Geoff and his wife Heather Bradley (CRP 1992) live in Saratoga, CA with their three kids, cat and dog.
David F. Carbone has been a professional land use planner for over 40 years. His 35-year public sector career focused on airport environs planning, including aircraft noise mitigation, land use compatibility, and airport/community relations, most notably for San Luis Obispo and San Mateo Counties in California. He retired from his 25 year career at San Mateo County in 2011 and is now an airport environs planning consultant.
Highlights of Carbone’s career include assisting with implementation of a federal FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Planning program, including property acquisition, occupant relocation, and acquired structure demolition at commercial service airport to remove noise-sensitive land uses under an aircraft approach path to the airport; drafting a presentation on community noise impacts from commercial aircraft operations for a County Supervisor, which she delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee at a hearing in Washington D.C.(which he also attended); serving over 23 years as the Coordinator/Program Manager for the San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable, a public body that addresses community noise impacts related to aircraft operations at SFO; managing the activities of two county airport land use commissions and a $3M county aircraft nose insulation program; serving on a county staff team appointed by the Board of Supervisors to address environmental issues related to proposed SFO runway reconfigurations in San Francisco Bay; assisting in the preparation of an airport environs specific plan for a commercial service/general aviation airport; presenting testimony to the State of California Assembly Select Committee on Airports and Airlines, regarding community noise impacts from aircraft operations at major commercial airports in California; serving on the Advisory Boards for two federal research programs to assist the FAA in making recommendations to Congress regarding the use of alternative aviation fuels (non-fossil fuels) for commercial aircraft and potential mitigation actions related to aircraft noise and emissions to minimize aviation impacts on climate change. Prior to his focus on airport environs planning, Carbone began his planning career in local agency land use planning (city and county) and private sector consulting for an architecture, planning, and civil engineering firm in Sacramento, California.
Carbone earned a Bachelor of Science degree in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and an Associate of Science degree in Pre-Architecture from Sierra Community College in Rocklin, California, with a focus on design and construction. He obtained additional education and training in aircraft noise mitigation and airport environs planning at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Davis, and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
Carbone was a recipient of the 2017 Walt Gillfillan Award, a recognition of professional achievement that is presented annually at the UC Davis Aviation Noise and Air Quality Symposium. He was recognized for his accomplishments in his 35-year career in airport environs planning. Most of his work focused on aircraft noise mitigation and land use compatibility planning in the environs of San Francisco International Airport, which is located in San Mateo County just south of San Francisco.
Carbone has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years and is a native of Roseville, California.
Michael Codron is the Community Development Director for the City of San Luis Obispo. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1993 with a BA in Economics. After a short stint working for Prudential Securities at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he began his career in planning with a Neighborhood Development Corporation on Chicago's West side. He came to San Luis Obispo in 1995 to attend Cal Poly where he received a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning. He has worked for the City of San Luis Obispo for the past 20 years. Michael has held many different positions during this time, including Planning Technician, Associate Planner, Housing Programs Manager, and Assistant City Manager (2010-15). Michael lives in Los Osos with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.
As an urban planner, Lynette has over 20 years of profession planning experience in land use policy planning, environmental planning, and land use entitlements. A significant amount of her experience has focused on mixed-use and urban infill redevelopment and revitalization projects, including brownfields, TODs, and many public/private partnerships. She has successfully split her practice over the years between both private development clients and municipalities. For private clients, she frequently assists them through all stages of the land use approval process and directs their public outreach and education efforts. For municipal clients, she regularly serves as the municipality’s project manager for significant and time-sensitive development projects, prepares policy documents such as Specific Plans for special study areas, and directs the environmental review of projects.
She is currently working with the City of Oakland on its Downtown Specific Plan; preparing a Specific Plan for the City of Alameda for the Alameda Point Main Street planning area; preparing a Specific Plan for Recology to ensure they have the facilities, and associated land use approvals, to support the County and City of San Francisco achieving its goal of net zero waste; and helping Holliday Development and the Town of Truckee implement and construct Phase 1 of the Railyard Master Plan, a plan, which Lynette previously prepared for the Town, that provides for extending the existing historic downtown. Lynette also recently managed the Chevron Refinery Modernization EIR and the project’s outreach and education program for the City of Richmond.
Lynette is recognized by colleagues and clients for her strengths in working on complex projects, preparing comprehensive yet clear documents, effectively presenting projects and findings to a diverse audience, and identifying and solving project challenges. Clients appreciate her solution-oriented approach and ability to quickly identify strategies to streamline and focus the development and environmental review of projects without comprising the defensibility of the process.
Lynette received her Bachelor’s in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She serves on the Executive Board of the SF District Council for Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is Co-Director of the ULI’s UrbanPlan program which brings a customized urban planning and land use development curriculum into high schools and universities. Other organizations in which Lynette is an active member include SPUR, the American Planning Association, and Association of Environmental Professionals.
Ray Hashimoto has over thirty three years land use planning experience including over four years with the City of Palo Alto and nine years with the San Jose Department of City Planning and Building. For the last 15 years Ray has been a land Development Manager and Principal at HMH Engineers, a multi-discipline design firm in San Jose, CA. Ray has been involved with management and planning of a wide range of projects including due diligence studies, significant industrial/commercial projects, large-scale residential projects and specialized projects such as existing and post operation landfill sites.
Under Ray’s direction, his land development team has worked on securing entitlements for a number of development projects throughout the south Bay Area. The client list for these entitlements include: KB Home, Summerhill Homes, Centex Homes, Shea Homes, Fairfield Apartment Communities, Cisco Systems, Borelli Investment Company, Tishman-Speyer, Samaritan Medical Center, The Irvine Company and Equity Office.
Mr. Hernandez has over 23 years of experience in Land Use Planning, Project Management, Development Entitlement and working with Local City and County Governments. Most recently, Mr. Hernández has provided real estate advisory services including strategic land use planning, highest and best land use analysis, land transaction negotiations and achieving development entitlement approvals from local governments on behalf of public and private sector clients. Recent clients include governmental entities, school districts, land developers/builders and private landowners.
In partnership with Silicon Valley Advisors of San Jose, facilitated numerous approvals from local governments to achieve the highest and best economic use for both public and private clients including but not limited to the County of Santa Clara, San Jose Water Land Company, ROEM Development, Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose Elks, Alum Rock Union School District, National Hispanic University, Reed & Graham Incorporated and several local and nationally recognized residential developers. The process has involved preparing project budgets/schedules, preparing and submitting land use applications, negotiating and managing consultant agreements, project management, and close coordination with land developers, local governments and elected officials.
He also worked with Counties of San Luis Obispo and San Mateo as a Planner managing development and land subdivision applications for conformance with zoning and land use policies.
Paulo Hernandez worked for five years at the San Jose Redevelopment Agency and was directly involved with most aspects of redevelopment. During this time Mr. Hernandez managed a $5 million budget to restore older and historic buildings in the Downtown Core Area; Authored and amended redevelopment project area plans; Developed and managed budgets and schedules and assisted with management of Downtown redevelopment capital projects including the new San Jose City Hall, San Jose/SJSU Joint Library, California Fox Theatre Restoration, Fourth Street Garage/Mixed Use Project and Horace Mann Elementary School.
He was eventually promoted to financial/budget analyst and assistant project manager to the planning and construction division that oversaw all capital projects in Downtown San Jose.
Through partnership with Public Property Advisors of Santa Clara, California, Paulo Hernandez provides real estate advisory services for school districts. The Public Property Advisors partnership provides advisory services on all aspects of real estate including but not limited to negotiation and facilitation of land/facility leases, land planning, managing and facilitation of all efforts related to conformance with California Education Code, declaration and disposition of surplus District lands, negotiations and facilitation of property exchanges and in most cases manage all aspects of negotiations related to District-owned real estate.
Mr. Hernandez is a proud graduate of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Architecture and Environmental Design – Degree & emphasis in City & Regional Planning
Professional planning veteran Pam Johns brings more than 25 years of public and private sector experience to the City of Folsom’s Community Development Department, where she began her career in city government in 1993.
Johns manages the operations of the Community Development Department, and oversees planning, engineering, and building safety operations. She manages current and future development initiatives, and serves as an advisor to the Folsom Planning Commission.
Johns previously led the planning practice for the west region as an associate vice president at Michael Baker International (previously Pacific Municipal Consultants), a global engineering and planning firm. Johns managed staff, business operations, and client projects throughout California and the western United States for Michael Baker International for 16 years. Her projects include the Chico General Plan Update, Santa Rosa North Station Area Plan, and San Luis Obispo Downtown Plan Update.
Johns holds a bachelor’s degree in city and regional planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and studied urban design at Czech Technical University in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
The Community Development Department's mission is to provide a progressive, responsive, clear, and timely development process that focuses on the public interest and results in a balanced, sustainable community.
Peter Koetting is currenty the chair of the Planning Commission for the City of Newport Beach, CA. His planning career has included positions with Westar Associates in Newport Beach, CA, Carver Companies, Palm Springs, CA, City of Palm Springs, CA, Crater Planning District Commission, Petersburg, VA, and the fifth Planning District, Roanoke, VA.
Peter received his BS in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly State University and his Masters degree from Virginia Tech.
Steve Lynch is Director of Planning and Entitlement for Sand Hill Property Company, a Silicon Valley focused real estate holding and development firm. Sand Hill’s portfolio of stabilized investments and development projects includes shopping centers, mixed-use communities, office complexes, affordable housing, and hotels. Steve is involved with management and planning of several large-scale office projects (Redwood City, Mountain View), a new mixed-use town center (Vallco Fashion Mall Cupertino), mixed-use office/residential corporate campus (San Jose), as well as other retail and office properties in the South Bay area.
Prior to his time with Sand Hill, Steve worked in the public sector as a city planner for 16 years. This experience includes time with the Town of Los Gatos as Assistant Planner, City of Sunnyvale as Senior Planner, and City of Santa Clara as the Planning Division Manager. Steve is also proud to say he worked in the City of San Luis Obispo as the planning intern during his graduate studies in the MCRP program.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley (1993) and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly (2000). Steve has been a member of the American Planning Association since 1998 and is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Planner since 2002. He lives in San Jose with his wife Grace and two boys.
Martha has over 15 years experience as a land use planner and project manager specializing in development regulations, specific plans, master plans, TOD strategies and community engagement. Her experience as a public sector planner, where she managed comprehensive community plan updates, subdivisions plans, and development and entitlement projects gives her a unique and valuable perspective. Martha has also led complex projects with multiple subconsultants on technical ordinances for landscaping, hillsides, parking, sustainability, planned development, and community benefits.
Lisa is president of a planning, environmental and land use consulting firm, LOR Planning & Environmental Consulting, LLC, in San Mateo CA. Lisa brings more than 20 years of professional experience in planning, design review, entitlements and environmental review working both in the public and private sectors. Her work includes management of large office, mixed-use, residential, institutional and transit oriented development projects, with a strong background and knowledge of the CEQA process. Most recently she has focused on providing land use consulting services in the development of transit oriented, urban infill projects. This includes project management, strategic land use planning, and securing of entitlements for private sector clients. She is strongly motivated to work collaboratively with varied stakeholders and particularly enjoys working on complex projects with community involvement. She excels at identifying opportunities and bringing together stakeholders in the planning process for projects that achieve and exceed community expectations.
Lisa is bilingual in Spanish and English, which has been a benefit due to the varied and diverse populations where she has worked. She holds a B.S. in City and Regional Planning, from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. She lives in San Mateo, CA with her husband, son and two dogs.
Leeanne Singleton, AICP, LEED AP
Leeanne is a planner with Raimi + Associates, a California-based planning firm focused on improving community health and sustainability through planning. Since graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2010, her work has focused on sustainability and health policy, public participation, grant writing, and comprehensive land use planning. As a LEED Accredited Professional with an eye for graphic composition, Leeanne has demonstrated her ability to craft innovative policies, tools, and graphics to create compelling yet accessible planning documents.
Leeanne is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is committed to elevating the role of planning and, in particular young planners, and has served on multiple local APA section boards to support emerging planners integration into the profession.
In addition to her firm’s recognition as the American Planning Association’s Emerging Planning and Design Firm of 2015, Leeanne’s work has been recognized by planning, environmental, and public participation organizations, with several projects receiving awards at the local, state, and national levels.
Washington is a native of Oakland CA, he received his undergraduate degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly in 1981 and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from San Francisco’s Golden Gate University. He has worked as planner for a number of Bay Area jurisdictions including Oakland, Berkeley, and Walnut Creek and as a consultant for a variety of other communities. He currently is the Southwest Quadrant Leader for the San Francisco Planning Department. He has been in this capacity for over 15 years managing a staff of planners that review all current development proposals for this sector of the city. He was involved with the development and implementation of the Market Octavia Plan, Glen Park Area Plan, Upper Market Corridor, Noe Valley, The Castro, and the inner and outer sunset. His focus is primarily land use and urban design specializing on infill urban development. He is still a resident of Oakland and has remained very active in land use, preservation, urban design and community affairs there.
A champion of strong relationships, mentorship, and leadership, John has pursued a career centered on making a positive contribution in people’s lives as well as to the enhancement of the built environment. John joined RRM in 1985, transitioned to a Principal in 1990 and continues to be instrumental in building the firm’s growing planning and landscape architecture groups. With his education in City and
Regional Planning, John is an established expert in the area of large scale master planning and specific plans. His strong communication skills and sensitivity to local issues have made him keenly effective in public outreach and workshop facilitation. John is a full member of ULI and a Congress for New Urbanism accredited professional.