Episode 2 - Podcasts with Professors

Hosted by: Professor William Siembieda
Guest: Robert Lewin, Principal at Resolute Associates, Former Cal Fire Chief for San Luis Obispo County and Director of Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management

Paradise, California recently faced the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. Planners, engineers, and emergency response teams worked together to respond to various aspects of the disaster. As climate change looms on and natural disasters become more frequent and devastating, planners need to understand what skills are necessary to mitigate pre-disaster, respond during the disaster, and restore post-disaster.

In this episode, Professor William Siembieda will interview Robert Lewin, an expert in Emergency Management and Wildfires, to explore the vast field of hazard mitigation planning. Lewin gives a brief background of wildfires, provides a case study for the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, and stresses the need for more interdisciplinary collaboration in this hazard mitigation planning. Listen in to find out how planners can play a key role in mitigating the effects of upcoming natural disasters!

We would like to thank Nick Johnston and Ritu Muralidharan for producing this podcast, and Paul Chytla-Hinze for editing!


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“PILOT" - Podcasts with Professors

Hosted by: Professor Keith Woodcock Guest: Brad Richter, Vice President of Planning at Civic San Diego

San Diego, the 8th largest city in the United States, is a place for innovation, recreation, and relaxation. National Geographic selected San Diego to be one of the “World’s Smart Cities;” the only city in North America.  

San Diego is also well known for its ventures in international trade, tourism, manufacturing, and the military. The popular downtown San Diego and the historic Gaslamp Quarter is home to a myriad of activity, from cultural attractions to places to eat, shop, and adventure. Much of San Diego’s success is due to a semi-governmental non-profit organization called Civic San Diego. Civic San Diego is largely responsible for the city’s vision for the future. Civic San Diego’s mission is to foster innovative community partnerships to improve the quality of life in San Diego’s neighborhoods. You can read more in Civic SD’s Downtown Community Plan.

In this episode, Professor Keith Woodcock will interview Brad Richter, Vice President of Planning at Civic San Diego, to explore Civic San Diego’s role in the development of Downtown San Diego. Brad Richter discusses everything from the downtown’s unique CEQA process, economic development, and community outreach. So, put on your city planner hat and take a listen to this podcast to learn about one of the most thriving and successful cities in the United States.

We would like to thank Paul Chytla-Hinze for producing the awesome podcast intro!

Enjoy our pilot episode! Be sure to join the discussion below!