California

February 1, 2012

VerdeXchange Green Build Panel: Codes & Mandates Should Not Impede Sustainability

VerdeXchange 2012 hosted a panel, moderated by Gail Goldberg, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles, on ‘Green Building Through Codes, Mandates, and Incentives’. Panelists Steve Glenn, CEO, LivingHomes, Ken Lewis, President, AC Martin Partners, and Deborah Weintraub, Chief Deputy Office of the LA Bureau of Engineering, outlined their practices and how building codes impact or fail to impact development projects.

February 1, 2012

Darrell Steinberg: Time to Focus Intensely on State Water Bond

California State Senate President pro tempore Darrell Steinberg's remarks highlighting the need for lawmakers to unite behind a coherent state water investment plan. In budget stressed economic times, passing a multi-billion dollar water bond will be challenging. The need to create jobs and reinvest in California drives Senator Steinberg forward, despite only having imperfect policy solutions to work with.

February 1, 2012

Groundwater Management in California Needs Better Monitoring and Regulation

TPR is pleased to present the following excerpt from a panel, ‘Groundwater Management: Advancing Quality and Quantity’ at the Future of Water in Southern California conference in Los Angeles. M. Rhead Enion, a fellow in environmental law and policy at UCLA, offers a comparative view of the condition of groundwater management in California today and what steps the state may take to improve regulatory mechanisms and mitigate looming challenges.

February 1, 2012

Jonathan Weisgall Announces MidAmerican Renewables at VX2012

At the close of the 5th VerdeXchange Conference in January, Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President at MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, announced a new platform called MidAmerican Renewables. MidAmerican Energy is looking for opportunities, and Weisgall maintains that California’s environmental record, as well as its influence on national policy, makes renewable opportunities in the state particularly robust.

January 31, 2012

Lights Out! Redevelopment Agencies After the California Supreme Court Decision

The CA Supreme Court upheld the legislature’s decision to abolish redevelopment agencies, and on February 1st they dissolve. Local governments and affordable housing advocates remain nervous. Lynn Hutchins discusses what happens next. Transcribed from Eden Housing's Affordable Housing podcast.

October 12, 2011

“What’s the Rush?”: Should Football Stadiums Have Expedited Environmental Reviews By Courts?

Warren Olney, California State Senator Alex Padilla, and David Pettit deliberate the future of CEQA reform through AB 900 and SB 292. The conversation took place before Governor Brown signed both bills into law. Still, it illustrates that uncertainties that surround such action. Have large development projects, effectively, freed themselves of environmental scrutiny?

October 11, 2011

Richard Katz: High-Speed Rail’s Moment of Truth; Legislators Should Step Back

Richard Katz, Board Chairman of Metrolink and former California High-Speed Rail panel member, speaks candidly on the challenges rail faces in Southern California. While High-Speed Rail deals with financial and legal uncertainties, Metrolink thrives under new management.

October 10, 2011

Terry O’Day Exits Environment Now for NRG & Electric Car Market

Terry O'Day talks about his leading Environment Now and explains his new position with eVgo and NRG. O'Day sees Southern California as being on the cusp of an electric vehicle transformation. This time, the market is ready.

October 10, 2011

Larry Kaplan: Redistricting Reflects The State’s Demographic and Economic New Realities

The LA County redistricting debate, according to management consultant Larry Kaplan, says more about the shifting socio/demographic complexion of the United States than it does about politics. Gentrification in cities will shift political power to the outer suburbs where growth has been more drastic in recent decades. These changes eventually are reflected in who sits in our halls of power.

October 7, 2011

The Future of Utility-Scale Renewable Energy in California

From the CleanTech OC 2011 Annual Conference and Expo comes this conversation between Marcie Edwards, Michael Peevey, Tim Olson, Stephen Mullenix, and Guy Blanchard on renewable utilities in California. The panelists focus on whether the regulatory bodies create certainty or ambiguity in the California renewables market.

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