CNU Northern California eNewsletter

March 2012

A Message from the CNU Northern California President:

If you're a member of CNU and live in the upper 48 counties of California, you're a member of CNU's Northern California Chapter. This year, we're reaching out to you in new ways, including this newsletter.  This quick-read newsletter highlights the Chapter's activities and events, and the key CNU national events.

Our Chapter is the fourth-largest of all CNU chapters, and has the highest proportion of members in the Urbanist category.  Your membership in CNU entitles you to participate in Chapter activities, and to participate in Chapter affairs such as sponsoring events and collaborating with other members.  This is a volunteer organization, so our collective energy depends on your contribution of time and ideas. Please consider how you can contribute to Chapter events, and let us know if you're willing to help out.

Steve Lawton, President

CNU NorCal Chapter Update

Election Results for New Board of Directors

CNU NorCal is excited to start 2012 off by a bit of reorganization and the creation of new roles, which will help us offer more to our members.  With these new roles, filled by the recent election, we would like to welcome the new board members and look forward to a reenergized CNU NorCal. 

The election results are as follows:

  • President - Stephen Lawton
  • Vice President - Daniel Dunigan
  • Executive Director and Treasurer - Steve Coyle
  • Secretary - Dan Zack
  • Membership Director - Nori Jabba
  • Stewardship Director - Tim Frank
  • At-Large Director - Michael Michaud

Outgoing Directors include Tom Dolan (Treasurer) and Cindy van Empel (Secretary), who stepped down to pursue other interests.   We thank Tom and Cindy for their dedication and hard work in helping the CNU NorCal Chapter run smoothly and in the right direction.  We could not have come this far without them.


CNU NorCal new website!

CNU NorCal has launched a new website!  This website is a source of information and communication for the chapter and will have details about the exciting events we are planning.  Please visit our website at and feel free to give us feedback by emailing to



CNU NorCal Events

CNU NorCal Speaker Series


Jeff Tumlin: "Sustainable Transportation Planning"

Tuesday, May 1
6:00pm (lecture begins at 6:15)
AIA East Bay
1405 Clay Street
Oakland, CA

Join CNU NorCal and AIA East Bay on Tuesday, May 1st at the launch of our new Speaker Series.  Jeff Tumlin will describe his new book “Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities”, and participate in an informal question and comment session.

After the presentation, join us for a wine and cheese reception in the AIA East Bay office.

About the book:
Jeff’s book offers a comprehensive approach to transportation systems inclear, nontechnical language.  It provides step-by-step instructions for implementing smart transportation concepts in cities of all sizes. Making this material accessible opens the door to greater participation in transportation planning by design and policy professionals, as well as citizen activists.

About the speaker:
Jeffrey Tumlin is a principal and sustainability practice leader for Nelson/Nygaard, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility.

FREE to CNU NorCal and AIA East Bay members and employees of chapter member firms; $5 Non-members

We are scheduling future speakers and welcome your suggestions for others  and feedback on the series.  If so, please send an email to


CNU NorCal Happy Hour
First Fridays-SF


Friday, April 6th
8 Mission St
(at Hotel Vitale)
San Francisco, CA 94105

Join CNU NorCal Board Members and other CNU Members on the first Friday of each month to have drinks, network, and meet other like-minded folks.  Please feel free to invite others to join us.

We hope to see you there!


Host your own Happy Hour!

CNU NorCal’s members are located in  a large geographical area, so it may be difficult for some of us to make it into San Francisco.  We encourage members in their own areas to host a happy hour.   If you would like to host a CNU NorCal Happy Hour, please let us know by emailing to and we will help promote it.




CNU National Update

CNU National Board Elections

Voting for CNU's first Board elections by the membership is now open. Voting will continue through May 11, 2012, with final results announced at CNU 20 on May 12, 2012.
CNU has three (3) Board seats to fill by member election in 2012. Member-elected Board members will serve two (2) year terms. Elected representatives will have full voting rights and be held to the same level of expectation as internally selected candidates.

Vote now!



CNU NorCal News

CNU NorCal Board Member Nori Jabba running for CNU National Board

A number of candidates are running for the National Board of the Congress for New Urbanism in the first election of Directors by the membership.
The list includes our own Nori Jabba, Northern California Chapter Membership Director.  Her leadership will help pull California CNU into a more prominent position nationally.

Please vote for Nori now!


Jeff Tumlin releases new book “Sustainable Transportation Planning”

CNU NorCal’s very own Jeff Tumlin released a new book “Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities”, which seeks to tackle the greatest social and environmental concerns of the 21st century, focusing on the role of transportation in creating more sustainable communities.

Learn more about the book!



CNU 20: The New World

May 9-12, 2012,
West Palm Beach, FL.

Rediscover. Rethink. Redefine.

The New World confronts the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and growing wealth disparity, along with worldwide adjustments in the financial, housing, retail, transportation, and energy markets. Taken collectively, these challenges are drastically changing how we do business in the 21st Century, and opening new opportunities for the New Urbanism.

Register Now and Take Advantage of Early Registration Rates.

Our 20th annual Congress will be held in West Palm Beach, FL, May 9-12, 2012 and is already filling up with speakers such as Richard Florida, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Leon Krier, Andres Duany, Michael Dennis, with many, many more being added everyday.
Don't miss this chance to critically analyze CNU's past efforts and set future goals. Experience a cross section of planning history within a compact, living laboratory. Be part of shaping the next 20 years of planning, development, and conservation.

We’re exploring the opportunity for webcasting key parts of CNU 20.  Stay tuned.

Visit the website for CNU 20: The New World to learn more!



Spread the Word

Please forward to others who may be interested in CNU NorCal events and information.  We're working on building our membership and the best way is through our existing members.  Thank you for your help!