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2012 Symposium Program and Proceedings

State Controller John Chiang links the economy and the environment.

On Saturday, January 28, 2012 the Planning and Conservation League (PCL) and PCL Foundation hosted an Environmental Legislative Symposium. This annual event brought together over 201 activists, business leaders, policy and decision makers, students, environmental non-profits and attorneys.

In order to continue to provide you with current and relevant information on the environment the following Symposium Proceedings has been made available via the PCL website. PCL staff members look forward to working you to develop innovative solutions to some of our most pressing environmental issues.

PDF files of Power Point presentations and handouts are linked below for download.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

8:15 – 9:00 Check-in and Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Introductions
9:15 – 9:45 Opening Remarks
  • Bruce Reznik, PCL and PCL Foundation
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:15 Break Out Session 1
    SB 375: Where the Rubber Meets the Rail (CLE/CM Law

Show Me the Water (Plan) (CM)

  • Tony Rossmann, Rossmann & Moore LLP (Moderator)
  • Curt Johansen, Sustainable Community Partners, LLC
  • Susan Lien Longville, Water Resources Institute
  • Dennis O'Connor, Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee
    Rebuilding Local Communities through Green Jobs and Greenbacks (CM)
  • Senator Kevin de León, California Legislature (Moderator)
  • Katie DeCarlo, Ella Baker Center
  • Chuck Mills, California Releaf
  • Daniel Villao, California Construction Academy

Lobbying 101: How to Effectively Navigate the Capitol

  • Joan Clayburgh, Sierra Nevada Alliance (Introducer)
  • Pete Price, Office of the Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez
  • Tina Andolina, Office of Senator Lois Wolk
11:15 - 11:30 Break
11:30 – 1:30 Lunch & Awards Ceremony
  • Senator Kevin de León
  • Assemblymember Jerry Hill
  • Assemblymember Jared Huffman


  • State Controller John Chiang
1:30 - 1:45 Break
1:45 - 3:00

Break Out Session 2


Recent Trends in Ballot Box Planning

  • Kevin Johnson, Kevin Johnson, A Professional Law Corporation (Moderator)
  • Tal Finney, Dongell Lawrence and Finney LLP
  • Robert "Perl" Perlmutter, Shute Mihaly and Weinberger LLP
  • Theresa Sears, Orange Citizens for Parks and Recreation
    Perspectives on the Water Bond
  • Assemblymember Jared Huffman, California Legislature (Moderator)
  • Joe Caves, Conservation Strategy Group
  • James Earp, California Alliance for Jobs
  • Jonas Minton, Planning and Conservation League

Go Big or Go Home: The Future of Energy in California

  • Drew Bohan, California Energy Commission (Moderator)
  • Bernadette Del Chiaro, Environment California
  • Ted Ko, The Clean Coalition
  • Paul Worlie, Liquid Environmental Solutions
    How To… Build Non-Traditional Partnerships
  • Esther Feldman, Community Conservation Solutions (Introducer)
  • Azibuike Akaba, Regional Asthma Management and Prevention
  • Graham Brownstein, TransForm
3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 Break Out Session 3
    The Threat and Reality of Regulatory Reform (CLE)
    Reduce, Reuse & Recycle: Local Solutions to Address California's Water Woes (CM)
    Boondoggle or Beacon? The Future of High Speed Rail in California

The Role of Food in California's Environmental Future

4:30 – 4:45 Break
4:45 - 5:00 Concluding Remarks

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