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An Advanced One-Day Seminar on

Transportation and Carbon Reduction in California

New vehicle, fuel, and emissions regulations; impacts on local land use and transportation development

Presented on October 30, 2019

Los Angeles, CA

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

Attorneys, real estate, land use, and environmental professionals, traffic consultants, planners, corporate managers, and governmental representatives

Why You will Benefit from the Replay

California has set ambitious climate targets and has made the transportation sector a top priority for achievement of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. The state has adopted an array of mandatory policies. At the same time, the state and local governments are grappling with how other transportation and land use policies can be adjusted to support the state's climate goals.

In December 2018, after more than five years of meetings and public input, the California Natural Resources Agency certified and adopted the CEQA Guidelines update package, including the Guidelines section implementing Senate Bill 743. Local governments and project proponents are now tasked with implementing new carbon reduction policies as a practical matter.

The seminar will cover major recent and upcoming legal developments in this space - including the California Air Resources Board's recent overhaul and extension to 2030 of the LCFS and cap-and-trade program. The seminar will also highlight the pathways to secure project approvals in California's shifting regulatory environment, as well as potential opportunities for streamlined review. Those are afforded by new transportation-driven policies under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) .

Register soon to hear from our leading experts and get your questions answered. We hope to see you there.

~ James L. Arnone, Esq. of Latham & Watkins and Amy R. Forbes, Esq. of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • Carbon emissions as the new driving force for transportation policy
  • Impact of federal fuel economy and GHG gas standard rollback
  • California fuel standards and emissions trading
  • Implementation of SB 743
  • Impact of local and regional transportation planning on project permitting
  • Using legislation to streamline CEQA review in exchange for limits on GHG emissions
  • Tips for drafting environmental documents and navigating permitting processes

What Attendees Said

  • Very comprehensive, practical seminar.
  • Great speakers and materials! Very timely and useful. Thanks very much!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

James L. Arnone, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Latham & Watkins / Los Angeles, CA

Amy R. Forbes, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher / Los Angeles, CA

8:45 am

Setting the Stage: Carbon Emissions as the New Driving Force for Transportation Policy

Vehicles; fuels; vehicle miles traveled; transportation electrification, network companies, and autonomous vehicles; relationship with California's carbon reduction goals

Jonathan Chambers , Senior Associate
Gibson Transportation Consulting / Los Angeles, CA

9:30 am

Battle Lines Being Drawn: Federal Rollbacks and the Potential Impacts on California Climate Policy

Federal fuel economy and GHG gas standards; proposed preemption of California ZEV and GHG standards; issues and time lines for rulemaking and litigation; nature and strength of the arguments

Abbey Hudson, Esq.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher / Los Angeles, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

California State Policies on Vehicles and Fuels: Fuel Standards and Emissions Trading

Update on California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and how California's Cap & Trade system addresses transportation fuels

Joshua T. Bledsoe, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Costa Mesa, CA

Practical application of LCFS credits for fleets

Megan Boutwell , Vice President of Operations
Stillwater Associates / Irvine, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Policy Developments at the Regional and Local Levels: New Regulations, Rules, and Guidelines

Implementation of SB 743: Update on the Office of Policy and Research's new Technical Advisory

Katy Cole, P.E. , Principal
Fehr & Peers / San Diego, CA

Local and regional transportation planning and the potential impact on project permitting decisions

Ping Chang , Manager, Compliance and Performance Monitoring
Southern California Association of Governments / Los Angeles, CA

Large projects: Using legislation to streamline CEQA review in exchange for limits on GHG emissions (AB 900, AB 987, AB 734); implications for CEQA review

Michael Keinath, PE , Principal
Ramboll, Inc. / San Francisco, CA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

The Theory is Fine, But How Do You Draft Your Environmental Documents and Process a Project?

Transit-Oriented Development: Early experience with Sustainable Communities Environmental Assessments (SCEA's)

Stephanie Eyestone-Jones , Principal
Eyestone Environmental / El Segundo, CA

Association of Irritated Residents v. Kern County: Relying on Cap & Trade in an EIR

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

Approaching transportation analyses from an environmental perspective

Carter Rubin , Mobility and Climate Advocate
Natural Resources Defense Council / Santa Monica, CA

What's a lead agency to do?

Wade W. Wietgrefe, AICP , Transportation Team Manager
San Francisco Planning Department / San Francisco, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

James L. Arnone, James L. Arnone, Program Co-Chair, is the Global Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department at Latham & Watkins. He is a frequent author and lecturer on environmental, climate change, and real estate law.

Amy R. Forbes, Amy R. Forbes, Program Co-Chair, is Co-Partner in Charge of the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Her practice is concentrated on land use planning issues, including zoning, planning, the California Environmental Quality Act, and municipal law.

Joshua T. Bledsoe Joshua T. Bledsoe is Of Counsel in the Environment, Land & Resources Department at Latham & Watkins. He focuses on complex infrastructure and development projects, particularly those utilizing renewable or low-carbon technologies.

Kenneth B. Bley Kenneth B. Bley is a partner at Cox Castle & Nicholson. He represents real estate developer clients on all aspects of planning, zoning, and environmental review at both the administrative level and in the courts.

Megan Boutwell Megan Boutwell is Vice President of Operations at Stillwater Associates, a consulting firm focused on the future of transportation fuels. She directs business operations and implements growth management within the company.

Jonathan Chambers Jonathan Chambers is a Senior Associate at Gibson Transportation Consulting. He has worked on a wide range of public and private sector projects throughout Southern California, including the University of Southern California Master Plan, the LAX Northside Plan Update, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and Century City Center.

Ping Chang Ping Chang is Manager of Compliance and Performance Monitoring for the Southern California Association of Governments. He is the principal author of State of the Region Report which tracks progress of Southern California in comparison with other large metropolitan regions in the nation.

Katy Cole, P.E., Katy Cole, P.E., is a Principal at Fehr & Peers. Her professional experience includes multi-modal corridor analysis, transportation master planning, travel demand management (TDM), parking studies, access and circulation studies, and transportation impact studies.

Stephanie Eyestone-Jones, Principal at Eyestone Environmental, has 25 years of experience in managing CEQA and NEPA documents. She is known for her ability to successfully complete thorough documentation for high-profile projects in litigious circumstances.

Abbey Hudson Abbey Hudson is a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Her practice focuses on environmental matters and complex trial litigation including emerging regulations and related governmental investigations.

Michael Keinath is Michael Keinath is a Principal at Ramboll, Inc. and leads the Air Sciences and Climate Change Practice Area in the Americas. He has been involved with the air quality and greenhouse gas analyses for entitlement of a number of marquee projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Carter Rubin Carter Rubin is Mobility and Climate Advocate at Natural Resources Defense Council. He previously served for five years in the Los Angeles mayor's office, working on transportation policy and performance management.

Wade W. Wietgrefe, AICP, is the Transportation Team Manager for the San Francisco Planning Department, where he has been a senior planner since 2011. He previously worked as an environmental consultant for Winzler & Kelly (now GHD).

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: We are a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 6.75 California MCLE credits, 6.5 ABCEP environmental professional credits, and 6.5 AICP planner credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.