Law Seminars International Presents: An Advanced One-Day Seminar

Land Use Planning in California
Updates on new developments for seasoned professionals

April 27, 2016
Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel in Los Angeles, CA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, real estate, land use, and environmental professionals, Tribal, city and county officials, planning consultants, and anyone else involved in managing growth and development in California

Why You Should Attend

The California land use approval process presents a number of possibilities and a number of difficulties. CEQA presents both. On the one hand, the California Supreme Court's recent decision allowing a land use initiative to avoid compliance with CEQA presents developers with a tool which is already being used. On the other hand, difficulties in the land use approval process -- physical, legal and political -- abound. They include the problems associated with development in the Coastal zone, and the effect of, and accounting for, climate change and water.

This broad ranging program will explore each of these issues in depth with presentations by people who are in the trenches, making use of dtools available to them to solve the problems that developers in California face. Because they will be discussing the latest issues, they will assume a good deal of background knowledge on the part of attendees who will, therefore, be able to focus on the nuts and bolts of the various issues.

~ Kenneth B. Bley, Esq. and Kathleen O'Prey Truman, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Kenneth B. Bley, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Kathleen O'Prey Truman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Truman & Elliott LLP / Los Angeles, CA

8:45 am

Recent and Pending California Supreme Court Land Use Cases

CEQA and land use cases pending before the California Supreme Court: The "reverse CEQA" case and how the court's decision is playing out

Michael H. Zischke, Esq.
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP / San Francisco, CA

9:30 am

By-Passing CEQA: New Developments in the Use of Initiatives and Other Devices

Inclusionary housing requirements and the need for a nexus; other examples of the use of initiatives and referendums in the development process and the effect on CEQA

Kenneth B. Bley, Esq.
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP / Los Angeles, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Affordable Housing: How Should Planning Agencies Respond to the New Regulations?

Overview of the regulations with a focus on current issues; update on CBIA v. San Jose and the impact on options available for requiring developers to provide affordable housing

Todd Elliott, Esq.
Truman & Elliott LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Practical solutions from planner and developer perspectives

Nicholas J. Cammarota, Esq., General Counsel
California Building Industry Association / Sacramento, CA

12:00 pm


1:15 pm

The Newhall Ranch Case: Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Post-CBD v. CDFW

Perspectives on what an EIR must now do to adequately account for greenhouse gas emissions

Robert D. Thornton, Esq.
Nossaman LLP / Irvine, CA

Sean B. Hecht, Esq., Co-Executive Dir., Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
UCLA School of Law / Los Angeles, CA

Michael Keinath, PE, Principal
ENVIRON International Corp. / San Francisco, CA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Water Supply: Can El Niņo Kick the Drought?

Surface water use and management: Options for stormwater capture and storage or reuse

Jeremy N. Jungreis, Esq.
Rutan & Tucker, LLP / Costa Mesa, CA

Issues at the intersection of groundwater and surface water; impact on implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)

Andre Monette, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Washington DC,

4:00 pm

Views from the Trenches for Walking the Legal and Political Tightrope

Meshing of local political priorities with legal realities: Tips for successful advocacy and decision-making in local land use planning processes

Kathleen O'Prey Truman, Esq.
Truman & Elliott LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Robert B. Burke, Esq., Principal
Bob Burke & Company / Los Angeles, CA

Juan C. Perez, P.E., Director
Riverside County Transportation and Land Management Agency / Riverside, CA

Richard J. Bruckner, Director of Planning
County of Los Angeles / Los Angeles, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn


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Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance for this program is $795 with a group rate of $595 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $530. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is $397.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.This program qualifies for 6.75 California MCLE credits. 6.5 AICP CM credits are pending. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The seminar will be held at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel at 2151 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles, CA 90067. Call the hotel directly at (310) 284-6500 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $309 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International seminar. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a webcast or audio replay.

Faculty Bios

Kenneth B. Bley, Program Co-Chair, partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP, counsels on the land use entitlement process. He advises clients on all aspects of planning, zoning, and environmental review and represents them before planning commissions, city councils, boards of supervisors, and in trial and appellate courts. He also works with landowners and condemnors in eminent domain matters.

Kathleen O'Prey Truman, Program Co-Chair, partner, Truman & Elliott LLP, focuses on the entitlement and permitting process, representing clients during administrative hearings, and defending them against citizens' suits brought under a variety of environmental laws. She is experienced with federal, state and local environmental laws.

Richard J. Bruckner, is Director of Planning, County of Los Angeles, and previously was the Director of the City of Pasadena Planning and Development Department, where he implemented many of the city's success stories.

Robert B. Burke, Principal, Bob Burke & Company, has been involved in public and government affairs, public and legislative law and governmental relations for 30+ years. Previously he managed congressional relations at NOAA, was the International General Counsel to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and central to the California campaign of Bobby Kennedy for President.

Nicholas J. Cammarota, General Counsel, California Building Industry Association, whose duties include conducting strategic litigation to benefit the industry, legislative advocacy and negotiation and providing legal analysis for CBIA's other legislative advocates.

Todd Elliott, partner, Truman & Elliott LLP, focuses on land use, real property law and land use litigation. He is experienced in securing planning, zoning, environmental and other project entitlements, including due diligence research, site acquisition negotiations and advice on project approval feasibility. He is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School.

Sean B. Hecht is Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law. He is also Co-Director of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic and teaches Public Natural Resources Law and Policy, and Environmental Law.

Jeremy N. Jungreis, senior counsel in the Government & Regulatory Section at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, focuses on environmental compliance and litigation, land use/natural resource strategies, water rights, water supply development projects, public agency law, utility law, strategic planning/coalition building, and governmental relations.

Michael Keinath, PE, Principal, ENVIRON International Corp., is experienced in environmental science and engineering, with special emphasis on air quality and climate change, human health risk assessment and product stewardship.

Andre Monette, Esq., partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP, works with both public and private clients in matters involving water quality, water rights, wetlands, and state and federal hazardous and solid waste issues.

Juan C. Perez, P.E., Director, Riverside County Transportation and Land Management Agency, is a Registered Civil and Registered Traffic Engineer. The agency oversees the Transportation, Planning, Code Enforcement, and Building and Safety functions for the unincorporated County.

Robert D. Thornton, partner at Nossaman LLP, specializes in advising state and regional infrastructure authorities on environmental issues regarding large infrastructure projects.

Michael H. Zischke, partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP, practices land use and environmental law and is a recognized expert in CEQA litigation and compliance. He co-wrote the two-volume treatise Practice Under the CEQA and has been named one of the top 100 Northern California lawyers.