Michael Woo is Dean of the College of Environmental Design, California Polytechnic University, Pomona. The first trained urban planner elected to the Los Angeles City Council (1985 1993), Woo has become increasingly involved in cutting-edge issues such as climate change, smart growth, the relationship between land use and transportation, and the promotion of healthy cities. Woo is a member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, initially appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and confirmed by the LA City Council in 2005, and then re-appointed to a second term in 2008. As a planning commissioner, Woo played a key part helping to draft the Do Real Planning principles, adopted by the Commission in 2006, which publicly stated the Commissions expectations of proposed new development projects. He has been a strong proponent of transportation demand management requirements and reform of off-street parking policies. Most recently, Woo initiated the temporary moratorium on new electronic billboards which was approved by the City Planning Commission in November 2008 and enacted by the LA City Council in December 2008. He initiated a Planning Department study of land use options for reducing the health effects of breathing polluted air within 500 yards of a freeway. From 2008 - 2009, Woo worked as a consultant to ClimatePlan, a statewide coalition advocating changes in local land use and transportation policies as a key strategy for combating climate change. In early 2009 ...

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