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Patricia Kent

Patricia Kent wrote for The GRID between October 2011 and October 2012. During this time she was a graduate student in Community & Regional Planning with a concentration in Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She was also a recent transplant to Mammoth Lakes, CA. Her interests ranged from political theory and public policy to sustainable tourism. A strong advocate for participatory planning practices, her studies focused on community capacity building and economic development. She believed in fostering entrepreneurship in communities. Currently, Patricia is working on economic sustainability policies that benefit both the preservation of the Eastern Sierras as well as the ever-increasing tourist population.

Farewell From Patricia Kent

by Patricia Kent

I began writing for The GRID after re-locating from Albuquerque, NM to Mammoth Lakes, CA. While I have always found blogging to be an exceptional outlet for personal use and staying connected with family and friends, I h... Read article

Community Colleges And The E.D.A: Working Together For Economic Development in Mammoth Lakes, California

by Patricia Kent

Economic development is the practice of inspiring private investment, retaining, and creating jobs. Economic development specialists and urban planners focus on economic development, work towards promoting entrepreneursh... Read article

Disaster Awareness: How to Plan Around Earthquake Faults - Lessons From Mammoth Lakes, CA

by Patricia Kent

The Town of Mammoth Lakes, CA, in the eastern sierra region of California, is surrounded by earthquake faults. In addition, Mammoth Mountain is an actual active volcano on the rim of the Long Valley Caldera. This caldera... Read article

Economic Consequences of the Closing of June Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA

by Patricia Kent

June Mountain is located approximately 20 miles (31 kilometers) north of the town of Mammoth Lakes, California. Opened in 1961, the ski area provides the economic epicenter of June Lake, CA, a small, unincorporated c... Read article

A New Brand for Mammoth Lakes, CA: Why Marketing is Crucial for Community Success

by Patricia Kent

Marketing is the set of planning and implementation practices that result in a product or service that is both satisfying to customers and results in a profit. Advertisements are only one component of a marketing strateg... Read article

How the New Zero Emissions Legislation in California Affects Air Quality Monitoring in Mammoth Lakes, California

by Patricia Kent

California has the worst air quality in the nation, boasting 10 out of the 25 cities most polluted by short-term particle pollution. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the California Air Resources Board (CA... Read article

New California Recycling Law Mandates Landfill Diversion in Mammoth Lakes, CA

by Patricia Kent

Everyone wants to recycle, but what would you do if it was mandatory? California Bill AB 341, directed by CalRecycle, will go into effect on July 1, 2012 and will require commercial recycling within California state l... Read article

Landscape Architecture Themed Business Card Designs

by Patricia Kent

Being able to market yourself is an important skill in any field; and landscape architecture is no exception. In the fast-paced environment that we live in today, you have to be your own advocate. Social networking is an... Read article

The Issue of Single Family Transient Rentals: Zoning for Economic Development in Mammoth Lakes, CA

by Patricia Kent

Zoning, the main form in which land use is regulated in the United States, is a controversial form of urban planning. Property owners do not like being told what they can and cannot do with their land and view use restri... Read article

Social Media Implementation by Sasaki Associates, Inc.: An International Planning and Design Consultancy

by Patricia Kent

Planning should be participatory; however, it’s often very difficult to get stakeholders to contribute to planning processes. Mail-in survey return rates are low, and more often than not, residents don’t want to sit thro... Read article

Transient Occupancy Tax: How Tourism-Based Communities Provide Sustainable Development Options and Essential Services

by Patricia Kent

Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), also known as a tourism tax, bed tax, or hotel tax, is a tax levied on tourists in return for the use of local services and infrastructure. The tax is collected as a percentage on top of th... Read article

Design Elements of the Mammoth Lakes, CA Gateway Project: The Mountains are Calling

by Patricia Kent

The Mammoth Gateway Project is an effort to elaborate on the entrance to the resort community of Mammoth Lakes, CA. Signage is crucial for travelers and Mammoth Lakes needs wayfinding markers to help tourists get around ... Read article

Municipal Bankruptcy: How Mammoth Lakes, CA is Struggling to Provide Essential Services During Default

by Patricia Kent

Chapter 9 is the section of the National Bankruptcy Code that provides for the reorganization of debt incurred by municipalities such as cities, towns, counties, and villages. The very first municipal bankruptcy was file... Read article