Newsletter | Jul/Aug 2021

Retreat - 24-26 September 2021
by Leslie Golden

We are looking forward to resuming our annual OWA+DP retreat and bringing it to all current members free of charge. While we can’t go to Westerbecke, as our group would exceed the attendance limits by the County, we are planning a three-day multi-venue event to kick off our return to post Covid-19 reality.

Click here to register for any one of the 3 days or for all of them.

Friday night, September 24th, 2021:

7:00-8:30 PM "Meet and Greet" zoom meeting with your colleagues to introduce yourself and share or give an update from this past year.

Saturday afternoon, September 25th, 2021:

12:00 PM-5:00 PM In-person gathering at a Private Residence in El Cerrito, CA, outside in garden. Proof of vaccination and registration required.

    On Saturday September 25, noon to 5pm all current members are invited to Gilda Puentes- Peters FANTASTIC BACKYARD! She spent all of 2020 building a retreat or her family and she has offered to share it with us! Her home is located at 1076 Arlington Blvd in El Cerrito. Gilda has a speaker system and will provide a lively tropical music play with optional dancing. We will be transported to Ecuador! Lunch will be provided by a local caterer. Vegetarian options will be available.

    The art project, led by Judy Rowe, will be painted rocks – all rocks and paint will be provided. Come spend some time with us and enjoy creating a tiny work of art.

Sunday afternoon, September 26th, 2021:

1:00-3:00 PM Zoom meeting


    Speaker: Jennifer L. Hernandez
    , attorney at Holland & Knight, will recap the history of environmental justice and describe ongoing and overlapping pathways of environmental justice advocacy in relation to California land use and development issues. She will provide perspective on issues ranging from siting and expansion of undesirable land uses such as landfills and heavy industry near minority neighborhoods; infill development and public transit; gentrification and displacement; affordable and attainable housing; upward mobility and homeownership, transportation equity and solving the housing crisis. The program will provide the opportunity to consider and explore how design professionals can apply environmental justice principles to building development in California.

3:30-4:30 PM Zoom meeting with Retreat and Steering Committee

Sign up will be available on the OWA+DP web site soon. Contact Marda Stothers or T. Rachel Slonicki with questions.