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Pasadena’s Planning Director Nominated by L.A. Mayor Garcetti to Take Over L.A.’s Planning Department

Published on Monday, January 4, 2016 | 5:44 pm

Pasadena’s Planning and Community Development Director Vince Bertoni has been nominated by Los Angeles Mayor  Eric Garcetti to replace the current Director of the Los Angeles Dept. of City Planning.

“I am honored that Mayor Garcetti has nominated me,” Bertoni responded.

Garcetti did not provide a reason for the departure of Michael LoGrande, who has served as the head of the Los Angeles Planning Department for six years.

Bertoni’s nomination is subject to the Los Angeles City Council’s approval.

Bertoni’s resignation to the City of Pasadena was submitted today, Pasadena Press Information Officer William Boyer said.

In his announcement, Garcetti said that Bertoni will bring “fresh ideas and an intricate understanding of our city’s complex planning process.”

“As we work together to shape the future of the Los Angeles cityscape, we need an expert at the helm who brings both fresh ideas and an intricate understanding of our city’s complex planning process,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Vince Bertoni’s experience both here in Los Angeles and across the region will add tremendous value to our City’s planning efforts. He is a professional who leads by collaborating and consensus-building – skills that will help him balance the diverse needs of our communities, and facilitate real progress in the ongoing conversation about development in this city.”

Bertoni has served for five years as the City of Pasadena’s Planning and Community Development Director. During that time, he managed Pasadena’s city planning program through a General Plan update, a comprehensive visioning process that happens just once every 20 years.

Before joining the City of Pasadena, Bertoni served as Deputy Planning Director in Los Angeles, where he oversaw the adoption of 16 historic preservation overlay zones, new guidelines for the Broadway Historic District, a bicycle master plan and a Hollywood community plan.

Bertoni also has held lead planning posts in the cities of Beverly Hills, Santa Clarita and Malibu, and he serves as a member of the California Planning Roundtable.

In his new position, Bertoni will lead the maintenance and execution of Los Angeles’ General Plan — the comprehensive framework guiding development and infrastructural growth across the City. He will play a crucial role in helping to facilitate smart infrastructural growth, while also working to protect the character of Los Angeles’ neighborhoods.

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