fb pixel fb conversion Agenda | Pepperdine School of Law


7:30 Registration/Breakfast
8:15 Welcome - Introductory Remarks

Steve Zikman, LLM, LEED AP, Straus Fellow, and Principal, The Zikman Law Group and Zikman Collaborative Strategies

Professor Thomas Stipanowich, Academic Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law

Professor Janet Kerr, Executive Director and Founder, Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship & the Law, and Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law

Dean's Message

8:35 Climate Change 20/20: AB 32 and SB 375 in 20 Twenty-Second Slides

Beth Dorris, Partner, Best Best & Krieger

8:45 Conversation Panel 1.0: "The Big Picture"

This panel will explore the bigger picture opportunities, challenges, and constraints in the context of such issues as AB32, SB375, and various other sustainability initiatives.

Moderator: Alana Knaster, Deputy Director, Monterey County Resource Management Agency

  • Fran Pavley, State Senator, Senate District 23 and Co-Author of AB 32
  • Ken Alex, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Environment Section, California Attorney General's Office
  • Fred Rubin, Assistant Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
  • Peter Detwiler, Staff Director, California State Senate's Committee on Local Government
  • David Barrett, Assistant General Counsel, Sempra Energy
  • Karen Goldberg, Assistant Regional Counsel, Region IX, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
9:45 Tea & Coffee Break
10:15 Conversation Panel 2.0: "The Local Perspective"

This panel will explore opportunities, challenges and constraints from a local perspective in Southern California, especially the Los Angeles region.

Moderator: Steve Zikman

  • Gail Goldberg, Director, City of Los Angeles Department of Planning
  • Cecilia Estolano, CEO, Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
  • Tracy Egoscue, Executive Officer, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Martin Adams, Director of Water Operations, L.A. Department of Water & Power
  • Pam O’Connor, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Santa Monica, 2nd VP, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
  • Greg Reitz, Principal & Co-Founder, REthink Development
  • Brad Cox, Managing Director, Trammell Crow
  • Katherine Aguilar Perez, Executive Director, ULI-LA
  • Krista Kline, Urban Planning & Design Coordinator, Mayor Villaraigosa's Office of Housing and Economic Development
11:15 Conversation Panel 3.0: "Cutting Edge Collaborative Techniques"

Moderator: Pete Peterson, Executive Director, Common Sense California and Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy

  • Lynda Bybee, Deputy Executive Officer, Community Relations, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
  • Claire Bowin, City Planner, City of Los Angeles Planning Department
  • Steve Coyle, Founder and Principal, Town-Green
  • John Bruno, Vice President and General Manager, DMB Redwood City Saltworks
  • Alice Siu, Associate Director, Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University
  • Susan Sherry, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Collaborative Policy
  • Woodie Tescher, Principal, Technical Director for Planning + Urban Design, PBS & J
  • Julie Gertler, Founder, Consensus Inc
  • Greg Greenway, Executive Director, Threshold 2009
12:30 World Café Learning Exchange Lunch
1:35 Roundtable Dialogue Series #1: On the Ground

Our first series of roundtable dialogues will focus on opportunities, challenges, constraints experienced by practitioners ‘on the ground’ regarding specific but overlapping subjects, including:

  • Sustainable Communities
    Moderators: Walker Wells, Steve Coyle
  • Sustainable Transportation
    Moderators: Devon Cichoski, Lynda Bybee
  • Sustainable Zoning and Development Controls
    Moderators: Beth Dorris, Bryan Jackson, Brad Cox, Greg Reitz
  • Sustainable Construction & Design
    Moderators: Patrick Tighe, David Hertz, Isabelle Duvivier, Todd Eichenberger
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
    Moderators: Marty Adams, Fred Rubin
  • Sustainable Resources
    Moderators: Susan Sherry, David Barrett
2:20 Roundtable Dialogue Series #2: Digging Down

Our second series of Roundtable conversations will delve deeper into a variety of other timely and inter-related areas including:

  • Embedding Collaboration
    Should we embed more collaborative models in the decision-making process to advance coordinated resolution of sustainability issues? If so, how? What is the role of leadership in this process?
    Moderators: Susan Sherry, Leanne Nurse (EPA attendee) 
  • Follow the Money
    No one likes an unfunded mandate. Who should pay for what, and who should get the proceeds? What funding mechanisms are available for sustainability planning? While there's a surprising amount of funding available for sustainability planning, much of it has yet to be tapped for this purpose.
    Moderators: Bryan Jackson, Alana Knaster 
  • The Public/Private Nexus
    How can public agencies and private sector work together to achieve a higher level of sustainability than either can achieve on their own?
    Moderators: Brad Cox, Abbe Land, Greg Reitz 
  • Cap and Trade-Offs
    How do we address any unintended consequences of a more compact city life? What happens when one environmental impact is advanced (e.g., climate change) to the detriment of others (e.g. air quality, aesthetics, biological resources, etc.)? The climate piece does provide us with a focus but the risk is that other issues fall by the wayside.
    Moderators: Marty Adams, Steve Coyle 
  • State v. Local Authority
    CAPCOA has just come out with proposed guidelines for integrating climate change planning into the general plan update process, in order to help meet the State's AB 32 targets. OPR is working on something similar. And the AG is attempting to strictly enforce low income RHNAs, set by MPOs. This has significant implications regarding state versus local authority. For example, if RHNAs don't necessarily receive CEQA review, what is the role of RHNAs under SB 375? This roundtable will explore the tension between state or regional sustainability, climate change targets, and local discretion in planning for growth within the locality.
    Moderators: Peter Detwiler, Beth Dorris, Pam O'Connor 
  • Connecting the Disconnect: Collaboration Among Agencies
    Collaboration among agencies and neighboring localities seems to be getting harder, not easier. Coordinated urban and regional planning is inextricably entwined with regulatory efforts to reduce GHG emissions, advance alternative energy sources and address waste and stormwater issues. Much of the problem seems to stem from fundamental political differences in constituencies. Some agencies are protesting allocations of new public rail stations in their communities out of fear that they will be accompanied by forced new growth, while others are vying for them. How can these differences be accommodated?
    Moderators: Ken Alex, Krista Kline 
  • Smart Communication: Capturing the Power of the Internet
    Over the last five years, we have witnessed an explosion in the availability of 'viral' communication channels that provide new opportunities to enhance communication. How can we more effectively communicate with each other either during or outside meetings? What role should new technologies play in collaboration, consensus building, and online participatory planning?
    Moderators: Devon Cichoski, Julie Gertler 
  • The Green ($) in Being Green
    Does building green pay for itself? We'll explore the "triple bottom line" in the boardroom and opportunities for collaboration. How can green be both cost effective and good for the planet? What is the financial importance of "reduce, reuse and recycle"? We'll look at the advantages of implementing cost cutting measures 'upstream,' prior to new and expensive technologies.
    Moderators: Gerard Cappello, Walker Wells
  • Making Wise Choices: Collaboration, Consensus Building and Civic Engagement--What, When and Where?
    When is the right time to use these approaches? Under what circumstances, and at what point in the process? When is 'upstream' most appropriate? How should we define terms like 'consensus' and 'collaboration'? What is meant by a 'successful' public engagement process?
    Moderators: Greg Greenway, Alice Siu 
3:15 Tea & Coffee Break
3:35 Let's Talk Politics: Mayors' Panel Discussion

Co-Moderators: Alana Knaster and Pete Peterson

  • Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 3rd District
  • Mayor Pro Tem Pam O'Connor, City of Santa Monica
  • Mayor Bill Bogaard, City of Pasadena
  • Mayor Abbe Land, City of West Hollywood
  • Former Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich, City of Malibu

This panel of mayors and other elected officials will explore the opportunities, challenges, and constraints facing them in making the difficult decisions related to sustainable development.

4:25 Take-Aways: Movers & Shakers

This interactive finale will utilize the 'Movers & Shakers' technique to capture what we learned from our day together including both substantive and process-oriented highlights, noteworthy opportunities to collaborate, and our next steps as professionals, communities and participants in this continuing conversation.

4:50 "Green Opportunities" Drawing/Closing Remarks
5:00 Sun & Sea Networking Reception